How to make 'moving home' more eco-friendly

Find out how you can reduce your carbon footprint when you move home

Are you worried about your carbon footprint? If you are moving home any time soon, you may want to follow these simple tips to help reduce your CO2 emissions and do your bit for the environment.

Buzzmove have teamed up with Trees for Life, an award-winning conservation charity working to restore the Caledonian Forest in the Scottish Highlands. The collaboration will enable Buzzmove’s 250 partner removal firms to make a donation for trees to be planted to offset their carbon emissions. In the near future, customers will be able to choose a removal firm will be able to compare companies on the basis of their carbon offsetting activity.

1. Get organised

car stuffed with cushions and blankets

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Spike Powell)

Have a sort out before the move, many removal companies charge based on the weight and the size of your possessions so this can save money, plus less stuff may mean a smaller removal van.

2. Don’t bin it

teddy bear and typewriter on wooden table

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Janis Christie)

Instead of binning cast-offs donate them to charity or a local initiative so someone else can benefit from your unwanted items.

3. Video survey

calender with u pins pencils and potted plant

(Image credit: Alun Callender)

Find a removal firm that offers video surveying instead of a home visit for the quotation – saving fuel and CO2 emissions.

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4. Pack it in

Where possible use old newspapers and re-used cardboard boxes instead of plastic for packing. Ensure packing material is recycled.

5. Use ‘Green’ cleaning products

cleaning brush with soap dispenser and potted plant

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Polly Eltes)

For the ‘big clean’ before you leave the property, consider using natural products such as lemon and vinegar or more eco-friendly off the shelf cleaning products.

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6. Consider the transport

Look for removal companies which are at EEV Standard (Enhanced Environmentally-friendly Vehicles) which promotes vehicles with low-emissions.

'We know a ‘greener move’ probably isn’t the first consideration on movers’ minds, but a few small steps such as using a firm offering video surveying technology, can make a big difference. We hope by increasing awareness of the impact on carbon emissions and making it easier to find a removal firm that is acting to reduce its carbon footprint, our customers will not only get a better moving experience, but a greener one too, ' says Damien Seaman, head of brand for Buzzmove.

Are you moving home soon? Will you be using any of these eco-friendly home moving tips?

Deputy Editor

Jennifer is the Deputy Editor (Digital) for Homes & Gardens online. Prior to her current position, she completed various short courses a KLC Design School, and wrote across sister brands Ideal Home, LivingEtc, 25 Beautiful Homes, Country Homes & Interiors, and Style at Home.