Going green: a guide to relocating sustainably

1 Aug 2023 | Sustainability

Relocating to a new country or city is an exciting adventure, but it’s essential to be mindful of the environmental impact that comes with such a significant change. As a global relocation and moving company, we understand our responsibility to reduce our own carbon footprint and promote sustainable practices among those we relocate. Certified carbon neutral, with ISO 14001 accreditation as well as an industry-leading gold EcoVadis medal, we take sustainability seriously. In this article, we present a comprehensive guide to help you go green during your international move, from leaving your old home to setting up your new one.

Leaving your old home

Pack consciously: when moving abroad for a fixed period, it’s crucial to pack wisely and only take what you truly need. Reducing the volume of shipped possessions not only saves you time and money but also cuts down on carbon emissions caused by shipping.

Declutter responsibly: for those relocating permanently, disposing of items you will not be taking thoughtfully is essential. Instead of simply throwing them away, explore opportunities to donate to local charity shops, or alternatively sell them or give them away online. Anything that cannot be reused should be recycled whenever possible, reducing your move’s overall environmental impact.

Travel to your destination

Carbon offsetting: the process of transporting yourself and your belongings to your new destination generates greenhouse gases. One way to mitigate this impact is by carbon offsetting, which involves investing in projects that reduce or capture an equivalent amount of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Many companies, including ours, use reputable platforms like ecolegIT to offset carbon footprints from moves, making it an eco-friendly option for your journey.

Setting up your new home

Choose a green energy provider: when setting up utilities for your new home, opt for a green energy provider that sources electricity from renewable sources like solar, wind, or hydroelectric power. This decision supports the transition to sustainable energy and reduces your household’s carbon emissions. If we’re managing your relocation, we can help set you up with eco-friendly utilities.

Energy-efficient lighting: check the light bulbs in your new home and replace any inefficient ones with energy-saving LED bulbs. LED bulbs use significantly less energy and have a longer lifespan, making them a cost-effective and eco-friendly choice.

Eco-friendly cleaning products: start with sustainable habits by purchasing eco-friendly cleaning products. These products are biodegradable, non-toxic, and reduce harmful chemicals entering the environment, ensuring a safer and greener home for you and the planet.

Energy-efficient appliances: if you need to buy new appliances for your new home, consider their energy ratings. Opt for energy-efficient models that consume less electricity, ultimately reducing your household’s energy consumption.

Sustainable furniture: when sourcing furniture for your new home, explore eco-friendly alternatives. Consider if you have to buy everything new — by purchasing second-hand items you will be helping to save money and the environment. If buying new, look for pieces made from sustainable materials, such as reclaimed wood or recycled materials. Choosing sustainable furniture supports responsible manufacturing practices and reduces the demand for resources.

Conclusion

Relocating internationally can be a sustainable and eco-friendly experience with thoughtful planning and conscious choices. By being mindful of the environmental impact at every stage of your move, from decluttering responsibly to setting up your new home with green choices, you can contribute to a healthier planet while starting a new chapter in your life.

As a global relocation company committed to sustainability, we are actively encouraging all our partners and clients to join us in going green and making a positive impact on the world. Together, we can build a better, greener future for generations to come.

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