Make your move a "green" move
Every year, thousands of Quebecers move on July 1. If you're among them, know that there are several things you can do to protect the environment on moving day.
Start by decluttering
The sorting stage is very important as it enables you to free up space and avoid transporting anything unnecessarily. Do you have any clothes that you haven't worn in the past year? Or do you have old furniture or other items that are sitting around collecting dust? Consider getting rid of them in an environmentally responsible way.
Passing things on to other people is a good way to get rid of things you no longer use, while making someone else happy at the same time! You may not like your living room lamp any more, but that doesn't mean your friend won't like it... You can also try selling some of your items, but if you can't find a buyer in your neighbourhood, you can donate your belongings to a charity or hold a garage sale.
Another option is to give a second life to your possessions by reusing them in a different way. For example, turn an old suitcase into bed for your dog or cat, or if you have old clothing, cut them up into rags.Finally, when getting rid of items such as appliances, electronics or batteries, be sure to do so in an environmentally friendly way. Check with your municipality to learn where to bring them or how to dispose of them properly.
You will need to clean the place that you're leaving, as well as your new home. Opt for non-toxic and biodegradable detergents – there are several inexpensive options available. For more information, read our article on Cleaning Your Home With Natural Products.
Packing and moving your belongings
When packing your belongings, choose responsible solutions. Use materials you already have on hand, such as newspaper to wrap your dishes or blankets to protect your furniture. Reusable bags, suitcases and backpacks are perfect for packing your towels and bedding.
If you're missing anything that you need for your move – such as a cooler to store items from your fridge or freezer – start by asking your friends and family. Ask local businesses for cardboard boxes or rent reusable bins. Some companies will deliver bins to your door and will pick them up after your move.
In addition, renting a larger truck will help you avoid making several trips back and forth. If space is limited, you can disassemble tables or other simple furniture items. Be sure to carefully label screws, nuts, bolts, etc.
Purchases for your new home
Your new home can be both cozy and eco-friendly! Here are some good tips for reducing and recycling.
Consider buying recycled paint, which is available at several major hardware stores, and choose a low-flow shower head. Check that your doors and windows are well insulated. Reducing leaks will improve the comfort of your home as well as its energy efficiency. You can also check with Hydro-Québec to see if there is any financial compensation available for the purchase of energy-efficient products, such as a refrigerator or light bulbs.
A meal without disposable plates and cutlery
A great way to enlist the help of your friends is to provide them with a meal after your move is done. However, instead of buying plastic cutlery and paper plates, keep some of your dishes and other items clearly identified in a box so that you can easily find them at your new place.
Remember that protecting the environment is something we can do every day through small actions. Moving day is no exception.