How to be a greener expat
May 2, 2018
If you are preparing to move from The Czech Republic, maybe you’re thinking if it is possible to have an “eco-friendly" relocation? Because today we’re more conscious of our impact on the environment than ever before.
If you're an environmentally-friendly conscience expat, you will keep in mind the resources and waste that comes with relocating that most people don't even consider. Don't worry, there is still time to be mindful of your environmental footprint and its impact.
These five tips can help you to become an eco-friendly expat from the moment you decide to relocate.
1. Donate and sell
Once you know you’re relocating, 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.
2. Use recycled materials
Use cartons and packaging material from recycled sources and minimize the use of oil-based products, such as bubble wrap, to protect your belongings. 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. Be digital
Despite being surrounded by technology, we still tend to print too many documents. Try to keep your files in digital format, viewing them on your electronic screen rather than printing out. It will also be easier to find them later.
4. Reuse or recycle
Once your belongings arrive in your new location, 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.
5. Live greener
There are loads of small ways you can live an eco-friendly lifestyle. If a light bulb goes in your new home, replace it with an energy-efficient alternative such as fluorescent or LED, which may even save you some money compared to incandescent light-bulbs! Consider walking or taking 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.