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Sustainable Moving: How to Minimise Waste During Your Move

Interior of an empty room with boxes containing personal items and potted plants on a wooden surface, a concept of eco friendly packaging materials.
Eco friendly packaging materials

Moving can be an exciting time of transition and new beginnings. However, it often comes with a not-so-exciting aspect: waste. At Ti-Yende Movers, located in the heart of Winnipeg, we’re committed to helping you make your next move not only stress-free but also environmentally friendly. Here are practical tips to reduce waste and embrace sustainability during your move.

Tip #1 Choose Sustainable Packing Materials

  • Opt for Biodegradable Packing Peanuts: Unlike Styrofoam, biodegradable peanuts decompose naturally, offering cushioning without the guilt.

  • Use Recycled Packing Paper or Newsprint: For wrapping and protecting dishes or other fragile items, recycled paper options are readily available and less harmful to the environment.

  • Rent Reusable Moving Boxes: Many companies, including local Winnipeg providers, offer plastic moving boxes for rent. These boxes can be used repeatedly and reduce the need for cardboard.

Tip #2 Declutter Responsibly Before you start packing, declutter your home. Not only does this lighten your load, but it also prevents you from moving items you no longer need.

  • Donate Unwanted Items: Clothing, furniture, and appliances can find a new home rather than ending up in a landfill. Winnipeg has numerous charities that welcome donations.

  • Sell Items Online: Platforms like Kijiji or Facebook Marketplace are popular in Winnipeg for selling goods. This not only recycles items but could also earn you some extra moving funds.

  • Recycle Properly: For items that aren’t fit for donation or sale, ensure they are recycled according to local guidelines.

"Eco-friendly packing materials like biodegradable bubble wrap, recycled paper, and reusable cloth wraps can significantly cut down on the environmental impact of your move. These alternatives are just as effective as traditional materials, without the added waste." Mark Johnson, CEO of Green Moves

Tip #3 Minimise Packing Supplies

  • Towels and Linens for Protection: Instead of bubble wrap, use your towels, blankets, and linens to protect fragile items during the move.

  • Pack Efficiently: Use suitcases, baskets, and even drawers as boxes. They need to move anyway, so fill them up!

Tip #4 Plan a Single Trip

  • Efficient Loading: Maximize the space in your moving truck to avoid multiple trips. Ti-Yende Movers specializes in efficient loading techniques that ensure you get the most out of each trip.

  • Coordinate Logistically: Plan your move route to minimize fuel consumption. This is particularly effective for long-distance moves across Manitoba.

Tip #5 Post-Move Practices

  • Break Down and Recycle Cardboard Boxes: Instead of tossing them out, break down all cardboard boxes for recycling or future use.

  • Host a Moving-In Unpacking Party:Invite friends or new neighbors to help you unpack. This can reduce the unpacking time and materials used

Moving doesn’t have to be wasteful. With a bit of planning and the right choices, your relocation can be as green as it is exciting. We’re here to help you achieve a sustainable move from start to finish. Ready to plan your eco-friendly move? Click here for more information and to get started!


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