How to move house the green way

G Magazine

When you move home it's hard to remember your head, let alone your environmental principles. But it's just a matter of playing it smarter.

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Moving house? Be sure to pack more than just your worldly goods - bring along your environmental principles as well!

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For many of us moving home can be one of life's most stressful experiences. About a quarter of households are planning to move in the next three years, mostly short distances within their city, state or territory.

Long distance moves are much less common, with Queensland attracting the largest number of interstate movers. And the renters among us move far more frequently than most.

But no matter how often you do it or why, schlepping your worldly goods from place to place can be a big drama.

Most of the time you're so busy worrying about whether or not you've forgotten the cat, you don't have a chance to think about what impact your move will have on the environment.

And yes, even moving house can have an impact - but there's also ways of reducing this.

So much stuff!

We can all harbour hoarding tendencies, stockpiling things we don't actually use. It clings to us like space debris orbiting Earth.

You don't want to be wasting petrol carting stuff from one end of town to the other (or one end of the country to the other!) only to throw it out at your new home. So before you move, go through your belongings and be ruthless.

Do you really need all those chairs? That second fridge? Those dustry rollerblades?

By the same token, we can't turn moving house into a reckless chuck-fest, without carefully considering where our junk is going to end up.

If every Australian ditched a third of their household contents on every shift in a totally irresponsible way, we could be producing upwards of a tonne of greenhouse gases per move. And with over two million Australians moving house each year, that's a lot of greenhouse gas!

That's also a lot of junk taking up space in rubbish dumps. In some parts of Australia, such as Sydney, landfill space is expected to run out within 10 years. And you don't want to be contributing to that problem.

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