So you’re moving home, and you’ve got a to-do list the length of your arm – thinking about sustainability probably isn’t all that high on the agenda right now. But an efficient and stress-free move shouldn’t come at a cost to the environment. Here are 7 tips for a more sustainable home move.
The first, and most important, tip for a more sustainable home move is planning ahead. If it’s a mad dash to get everything packed up and the place cleaned before you hand the keys over, you’re far more likely to bung unwanted bits straight into the bin, and ultimately landfill.
Recycling’s probably the last thing you’ll want to think about on moving day, so do yourself a favour and get ahead with the sorting. Start going through things a week or two before the big day, and recycle as much as possible ahead of time.
The same goes for donations – set aside some boxes for things that can go to your local charity shop and try to get as much of the stuff you don’t want to take with you sorted and out of your home in plenty of time.
Attack the freezer too. Try to use up as much food as possible to avoid throwing it away.
Swap bubble wrap for soft fabric
Wrap your more fragile items in soft fabric, like tea towels, bath towels and bedsheets, instead of plastic bubble wrap. You can also buy biodegradable packing materials online, including paper bubble wrap and wood wool.
Swap out the plastic sticky packing tape for a green alternative too. eco-craft sells recyclable packing tape for under £3 a roll.
Rent moving boxes
Google ‘rent moving boxes’ to find a rental service in your area. You can rent cardboard boxes and sturdier crates for as little as a week. A quick search of Facebook Marketplace or Gumtree may also prove fruitful.
If you’re using a removal company, it’s worth asking if they have boxes available to borrow. Often, they’ll keep a stash of pre-used cardboard and wardrobe boxes in perfectly good condition that you can simply give back once you’ve unpacked.
Donate to a food bank
UK households waste 4.5 million tonnes of food that could have been eaten each year – don’t add to that shocking statistic by wasting food when you move.
If you’re not going to transport food over to your new home, try to donate as much as possible to a food bank – find your local food bank online to check what they’ll accept.
Choose a green removals company
If you’ve decided to enlist the help of an expert for your move, try to find one that uses low-emission vehicles to get your belongings from A to B. Some will carbon offset your move as an alternative.
And if you’re doing all the hard work yourself, rent a van that’s low-emission.
Before you leave you’ll want to give your old home one last clean. Try your best to avoid environmentally damaging cleaning products, which can contain strong chemicals.
Opt for greener products and natural remedies instead. The Pure Planet team have recommended their favourite eco-friendly cleaning products here.
Take Pure Planet with you
When you move home, you won’t automatically take your energy supplier with you. But you can switch back to Pure Planet once you’ve moved in.
Exit fees will apply if you are on our fixed tariff and move out of your home more than 49 days before the end of your contract, but if you decide to switch your new home to us we’ll refund these.
And if you switch back to Pure Planet within three months of your move, we’ll give you a £25 reward. Just make sure you use the same email address for your new Pure Planet account.
Good luck with your move, and happy new home!