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How does the moving industry affect our ecosystem?

Relocation seems to be an integral part of our planet's everyday cycle. Every person will move at one point in their life, and many of us will do so multiple times in our lives. With so much migration going on all over the world, one is bound to wonder how the moving industry affects our ecosystem and how much damage it actually makes. 

If you are committed to creating a sustainable life for yourself, then you are probably already aware of how detrimental an average relocation can be. For those who still struggle with sustainability and everything it entails, this guide will be some sort of a blessing, helping you take better care of our planet the next time you have to relocate. 

In which way does the moving industry affect our ecosystem?

Think about the last time you had to move. We can bet that your main goal was to be efficient and get your relocation out of the way as soon as possible. And that's a reasonable goal. After all, no one is keen on spending weeks of their life having to wrap, seal, tape, and pack. But there's only one glitch about trying to be effective - it usually takes precedence over sustainability. 
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The reasonable thing is to aim for a quick and expedient relocation.
People usually want to protect their items as much as possible when moving from one city to another one. That's why they use protective packagings such as plastic and air bubble foil. For starters, we all know how long it takes for plastic to decompose - and that's just a part of the issue here. The other part is all the waste we leave behind after relocation. We are talking about packing materials, moving boxes, plastic bins, and the list just goes on and on. Chances are that you will have dozens of trash bags filled with waste. And bear in mind that there were thousands of relocations conducted that same day. 

Luckily, there are ways to prevent and lessen this negative effect moving has on our ecosystem. And that doesn't just go for local moves which people always assume are easier. There is a way to have a sustainable relocation even when you need to have your household items transported internationally. The pieces of advice are about to follow - the question is whether you plan to incorporate them during your next move.

How to have a more eco-friendly relocation? 

We all have the duty of helping our planet heal. To do that during your next relocation, you just need to follow the three tips we are about to provide. If you are aware of how badly the moving industry can affect our ecosystem, we have no doubt you will be more conscientious during your next move. 

Rent moving boxes instead of buying them 

Moving boxes are definitely one of the most important components of moving. After all, you can't pack your items without them, so like it or not, we all have to use them. But there is undeniably a way to significantly prevent waste during relocation, and that's by renting reusable moving boxes. 
a person holding a carboard box with a sign ‘contactless delivery’
Reusable moving boxes delivered at your doorstep – what could be better?
With the Internet at your complete disposal, you shouldn't have a problem finding a service that offers such help. In addition to offering reusable moving boxes, lots of companies also complete the drop-off and the pick-up of their boxes. So when you finish with your move, you don't have to worry about getting rid of the waste. See? A sustainable move can actually be a lot easier and certainly less stressful!

Use soft fabric for wrapping your items 

Make no mistake - some sort of protection for your items is mandatory during relocation. But you don't have to resort to the conventional packing materials which create a lot of waste. Sort through your items and separate those that can be labeled as fragile and/or valuable. Now take all the soft fabrics you own, such as bedding, towels, linens, etc. and start wrapping your items. 

Think of this as a win-win situation. Not only do you get to pack and protect your fragile items, but you also tackle the problem of fabrics, as they are automatically packed and ready to go. Not to mention that by doing this, you get to preserve our planet and our ecosystem. Who would have thought that the most eco-friendly packaging solutions were right at our fingertips? 

Have a garage sale 

No matter how minimalistic your lifestyle is, you can rest assured that you are going to have many items that you won't pack and relocate. Instead of realizing that once you start packing, we suggest you be proactive about it. Dedicate a weekend to sorting your belongings and deciding what you don't plan on keeping. You can then organize a garage sale for those items that didn't make the cut or you can donate them. 
items to get rid of and not let the moving industry affect our ecosystem
Reducing waste during relocation is the number one way to lessen the effects of moving on our ecosystem.
Either way, you will work on a very important thing - preventing waste during relocation. And by now, all of us have hopefully managed to realize how waste has a detrimental effect on our entire planet. That's how the moving industry affects our ecosystem in the long run, leading up to the problems we are facing today. 

The solution is right in front of you

We have already established that the relocation industry can have a long-lasting effect on our environment. But does the moving industry affect our ecosystem on its own or are we also the ones to blame? It turns out that we all play our role in the pollution and waste that is all around us. While you might not be able to solve the global problem, you can certainly make all the necessary changes in your life. Beginning with your next relocation, try to implement the tips we handed out today, and feel free to search for additional ones on your own. Only by working together can we make a noticeable change in our ecosystem. 

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