The COVID-19 pandemic has made many aspects of daily life feel different. Though the shelter-in-place orders sometimes make it feel like time has stopped, sustainability can’t take a backseat. Life still goes on, and big transitions like moving can’t always wait.
Luckily, there are plenty of ways to protect the planet when making the move. Here’s how to trim your environmental impact en route to your new home - along with some sustainably minded organizations and companies who can help you do it.
A lot of paper can be wasted in transporting your items to their new home. U-Pack is a service that delivers empty moving equipment to your home three days before your big move and then drives your items to your new home. On top of being more sustainable, it’s a safer option when it comes to limiting the spread of COVID-19, because you unload your own items and they have someone pick up the empty crates.
When packing up your clothes, you’re bound to find outfits you no longer need. Pickup Please offers a safe and contactless alternative to dropping off unwanted clothes at a thrift shop. Their services donate clothing to the homeless.
Carpet Cycle limits waste in landfills by recycling your used carpeting and ceiling tiles once you move out. The organization has residential collection services, so it’s also a contactless option that does good for the planet.
Packing peanuts are a big no-no for the environment, but they’re tough to avoid! Uline addresses this issue by offering several biodegradable alternatives. Their wide variety of eco-friendly options can make each step of the packing process more sustainable.
One of your move’s biggest contributions to your carbon footprint is the vehicle you load all those boxes into. Consider a more sustainable moving company, like EkoMovers, for more eco-friendly transportation options. EkoMovers uses biodiesel in their trucks to eliminate pollution and offer 100% recyclable packing materials. They also plant one tree for every move, and cultivate community events - definitely a win-win.
Ready to take your work from home attire a step beyond sweatpants? Fret not: there are plenty of stylish, sustainable work from home options to choose from.