Moving is a large task, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of work that needs to be done. You have so many things on your mind that being eco-friendly might not be at the top of your list. However, there are many ways in which you can make your move sustainable without sacrificing on convenience or comfort. The best way to make sure that this process goes smoothly is if you plan ahead. Here are 6 tips to make your next move eco-friendly:
Food for thought
Let’s get cooking! Start by emptying kitchen cupboards and the freezer early. Get creative and try to use up items to avoid food waste and throwing them away. You also don’t want to have to use packing space to transport it. It is often worth contacting your local charities to donate your surplus food.
Use recycled packing materials
Before you start the big pack, think creatively about ways you can reduce, reuse, and recycle. Start with suitcases, reusable crates and tubs you already own. Pack fragile things in towels, sheets, blankets, woolly jumpers and newspaper, stockpiled ahead of time. Try not to buy huge rolls of bubble wrap or packing paper!
Check-in with your friends and family to see if anyone has a stash of used boxes that you can reuse. Sometimes local stores will even have a collection of boxes for your use, free of charge – just make sure they’re sturdy enough that they won’t break while being moved. Bottom line: if you plan ahead, you shouldn’t have to buy new boxes!
Donate what you don’t need
Minimizing your possessions is great for the environment, saves you time, and will help your sanity when packing and unpacking get’s exhausting. What’s the point of moving things you don’t even want? So start by getting your Marie Kondo on. By donating or selling your used (in good condition) possessions before moving, you can decrease the number of packing materials, the number of trips you’ll have to take, and the amount of time you’ll spend driving yourself crazy with the moving process. There are quite a few good places to donate or sell your used items. Consider Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree.com.au and The Salvos Stores. Make sure to also check out your suburb’s local Good Karma Network. You’re bound to find someone that wants to rehome your preloved items.
Stop the junk mail before it starts
Make sure only the mail you really want follows you to your new home. As you update your address with your providers, take the opportunity to switch to email communication, rather than paper-based. Electronic versions are simpler to store, easier to find and they save on paper and processing, so they’re better for the environment.
Cleaning your new home with environmentally friendly cleaning products is another way to make sure you feel happy and healthy in the new space. If your home is being cleaned before you arrive, consider requesting an eco-friendly cleaning service be hired to prevent unpleasant chemical odours. Then stock your own cleaning supplies with chemical-free options, most of which can be found easily at your local supermarket.
Choose energy-efficient appliances
A move is a great time to assess what’s worth taking and what you really need to recycle and replace. If any appliances need replacing, it’s the perfect opportunity to buy more energy-efficient ones. Take some time to research models and assess their energy efficiency and check their energy star rating.
Hot tip! An appliance that uses less power will cost you less to operate.
The six tips we’ve offered are simple but effective ways to make your next move more eco-friendly and sustainable. Here at Cornus, we have listened to our consumers and are proud of the sustainable off-the-plan apartments that they can choose from. Ranging from 1,2, and 3 bedroom apartments, our locations are all within walking distance to local shops, restaurants and other amenities, reducing their carbon footprint.
Cornus currently has a number of projects underway in Burwood, Carnegie and Malvern East. With Carnegie having now commenced construction, Malvern East II is on track for completion this year and Burwood is set for completion in January 2022. It’s not too late to take advantage of the current off-the-plan savings and government incentives available.
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