How to be an eco-friendly expat
October 24, 2016
Today we’re more conscious of our impact on the environment than ever before, but is it possible to have a “green move?” Relocating can have huge environmental impact, but it can also offer the opportunity for you to become more eco-friendly. These five simple steps can help you to become an eco-friendly expat from the moment you decide to relocate.
1. Keep, donate, store or sell?
Once you know you’re moving, decide what you want to take with you, what can be stored and what you can sell or donate. Label items with sticky notes so you can visualize what to get rid of, what you’ll be taking with you and what will be going into storage. Try to avoid purchasing new items and donate unnecessary items to a local charity.
Use cartons and packaging material from recycled sources and minimize the use of oil-based products, such as bubble wrap, to protect your belongings. All of Crown Relocations’ cartons are 100 percent recyclable and our global policy is to use materials from recycled sources wherever possible.
In addition to this, reuse the original packaging from your electronic items such as televisions, and only take items that you will be able to use in your destination. Electrical voltage regulations may differ at your destination, so be sure to check your devices.
3. Go paper free
Despite being surrounded by technology, we still tend to print too many documents. Try to keep your files digitally. It will also be easier to find them later!
4. Reuse and recycle
Once your belongings arrive in your new home, reuse or recycle the packaging material. Get creative – that cardboard box could become a new toy box! But don’t forget to recycle any unwanted boxes. Crown Relocations’ Packing Crews will be happy to take away all your packaging materials for recycling.
5. Live an eco-friendly lifestyle
There are loads of small ways you can live greener. If a light bulb goes in your new home, replace it with an energy efficient alternative, which may even save you some money! And, walk or take the bus to the local town. It will give you more time to explore the area and might also provide the opportunity for you to speak to the locals and become part of your new community.
To find out more about our commitment to the environment, read our 2016 Sustainability Report.