It seems like just about everything we do has some effect on the world.  Every time you switch on a light you consume some of the world’s coal resources. Every time you drive you use petroleum resources and pollute the air.  Everything we do affects the world in one way or another and in most cases, our activities leave behind a pretty big and messy carbon footprint.

But there are many things we can do to reduce the impact of our actions or to lighten our carbon footprint as much as possible.  It is also important for everyone to pitch in and do what they can so our world will stay healthy and green.

Moving is from one location to another is one of those unavoidable activities that results in plenty of pollution.  There are just so many things to throw away, the vehicle you use pollutes the air and consumes non-renewable resources and all the cleaning products you use while spring cleaning your new home contains plenty of harmful toxins.

Here are a few tips to help you reduce your impact on the world during a big move.

Green living tips for sustainable moving

Green living tips for sustainable moving

Use a moving company – Using a moving company is one of the most sustainable choices you can make for your big move. Companies like Umzugsfirma Bern transport all of your homeware in one trip which reduces pollution as well as fuel consumption.  These moving companies also frequently reuse packaging materials which reduce pollution and they know all the best ways to compact your cargo for fewer trips.

Use your linen for packaging – Don’t go and buy packaging boxes and materials.  Use your linen instead.  You can bundle tie up quite a lot of things in towels, sheets and in pillowcases and all of your linen will be perfectly fine for re-use after the trip.  You can also use blankets and comforters to secure break ware or to cover up delicate furniture instead of buying plastic bubble wrap.

Ask for old boxes – Don’t go and buy new boxes from moving companies or packaging supply stores.  Go to a local store and ask around for old boxes that you can use.  Plenty of cardboard boxes are tossed away on a daily basis by these big firms and these used boxes are perfectly suitable for your homeware.

Collect old newspapers – Instead of tossing your newspapers and magazines in the trash, collect them and ask around for more from others.  You can use these papers to wrap and secure break ware.  You can also fumble the papers up and use paper – a renewable source – instead of styrofoam pellets that can pollute landfills.

Limit driving trips – Keep your transportation or driving trips to a bare minimum by either renting a trailer for your homeware or by hiring a professional moving company.

Donate old things – Don’t just throw everything you don’t want in the trash.  Donate anything re-usable to charity homes.

Use natural cleaning products – Don’t use chemical cleaning products to clean out your old and new home.  Stick to all natural products that are eco-friendly so you won’t pollute the underground water supply.