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News & FAQ  >  Moving Tips  >  Making Your House Move More Eco-Friendly

Making Your House Move More Eco-Friendly

Most people associate stress with moving, but what’s often overlooked is the strain placed on the environment with everything that’s involved in the process. But moving doesn’t have to be an environmental hindrance – In fact, it can be a great opportunity to re-think your carbon footprint and put eco-friendly measures in place for during and after the move.

1. Use secondhand moving boxes and then pass them along.

Moving boxes are about $5 a pop. Why not seek out pre-used boxes and then pass them on to someone else in need when you’re done. If you can’t find pre-used boxes, there are plenty on the market made out of recycled materials. 

2. Switch to a green energy provider

Moving is a good excuse to seek out a more environmentally conscious energy provider. The ‘Green Electricity Guide’ is a great online resource for comparing the performance of Australian electricity providers.

3. Prepare meals in the lead-up

Prepping and freezing meals for the packing and unpacking period is a wise idea. Not only will it save you time and headspace, but it will also save your back pocket and the environment by avoiding excess takeaway costs and wastage.

4. Re-home or donate your pre-loved goods

Not sparking joy? Preparing to move is the right time to re-evaluate your possessions – in other words, time to cull. Rather than simply throwing items out, donate clothes and household goods that are in decent condition to a local charity - see our article on where to donate in Melbourne.

Leave garden care instructions for the next residents

Leaving a beloved garden behind? Every garden is different, why not leave a short note for the new residents on how to best take care of the space. If your real estate agent isn’t keen on you leaving it on the property, it won’t hurt to ask them to pass it on.

6. Dispose of older appliances responsibly 

‘Sustainability Victoria’ (Victoria State Government) publishes helpful online guides on correct disposal of whitegoods and other appliances. They also have useful info on disposing of paints, lighting, batteries and excess garden waste.

7. Use towels and blankets instead of bubble wrap

It’s no secret that bubble wrap puts an enormous strain on the planet, from its manufacturing to its eventual destination in landfill. Towels and blankets are a great alternative to protect larger items. For smaller pieces, ask your newsagent for outdated newspapers, which are easily recycled.

8. Switch to energy efficient lighting

Moving into a new property is a good chance to think over the lighting situation. Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) and Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs) are popular choices for energy-saving, and while they might cost more up front, they will save you (and the planet) in the long run.

9. Update your addresses and go paperless

Don’t forget to contact your friends and service providers to update your address. This will prevent the new residents being bombarded with your mail. You should also consider going paperless by opting for email statements and bills, if possible.

10. Use eco-friendly cleaning products

With so many eco-friendly cleaning products available at all major grocers, consider switching to these non-toxic options if you haven’t already. Vinegar, lemon, and bicarbonate are fantastic natural solutions for cleaning that are easy on the environment as well as your health. 

Man With A Van has an ongoing partnership with Greenfleet and have been offsetting their fleet’s carbon emissions for more than 11 years. Click here to find out more.

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