Green Moving Tips for a Sustainable Relocation

Moving, a common life event, often entails more than just transporting belongings from one place to another. It's a complex process that can significantly impact the environment. With growing concerns about environmental conservation, it’s imperative to consider eco-friendly moving practices. This article delves into how moving can adversely affect the environment and provides actionable green moving tips, including how Allied’s services align with these eco-friendly practices.

The Environmental Impact of Moving 

Though seemingly straightforward, moving can leave a substantial ecological footprint. Every step, from the packing materials used to the fuel consumed during transportation, has potential environmental repercussions. Cardboard boxes, plastic wraps, and other packing materials, if not correctly managed, contribute to waste and pollution. Additionally, the emissions from moving trucks add to air pollution and carbon footprint.

Green Moving- A Step-by-Step Guide

So, how can you ensure you are moving in the most sustainable way? We are looking into what you can do before, during and after the move in a green way. 

Preparing for the Move 

Declutter Responsibly

Going into a move presents the perfect opportunity to reassess your belongings. Start by categorising items into what you need, what can be donated, and what should be recycled. Responsible decluttering can reduce the load of the move and ensure you have thoughtful disposal. Look for charities that support environmental sustainability and make sure your items have a second life in a responsible way. When items are too worn for donation, recycling them is the next best step. Consider a garage sale as a fun, community-centric way to ensure your items find a new home, reducing waste and possibly earning you some extra funds for your move.

The choice of packing materials can significantly impact the environmental footprint of your move. Opting for eco-friendly alternatives is crucial. Biodegradable packing peanuts, recycled packing paper, or corrugated bubble wrap are excellent substitutes for traditional packing materials. When wrapping delicate items, your household goods like newspapers, old linens, or towels can be effective and eco-conscious alternatives to bubble wrap. Not only do these options prevent additional waste, but they also repurpose items that might otherwise end up in the trash. Additionally, sourcing used boxes from local stores, friends, or community groups can substantially decrease the demand for new packing materials.

Plan Efficiently

Efficient planning is the backbone of a sustainable move. By meticulously planning the logistics, you can significantly cut down on the number of trips needed during the move. This reduction in trips translates directly into lower fuel consumption and decreased emissions. Start by creating a detailed inventory of your items and plan the packing and moving phases accordingly. Consider the layout and access points of your new location to optimise the loading and unloading process. Collaborate with your moving company, like us at Allied, to devise the most efficient moving strategy. Moving companies can provide insights and solutions to ensure that the move is smooth and environmentally friendly. This may include consolidating shipments or using vehicles that are appropriate for the load size, further minimising the ecological impact.

Moving Day

Choose a Green Moving Company

On moving day, the choice of moving company plays a crucial role in the sustainability of your relocation. Opt for a company like ours, known for its commitment to eco-friendly practices. Such companies typically utilise fuel-efficient vehicles, which significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions during the move. Additionally, these companies often provide reusable packing options, such as crates and bins made from recycled materials, reducing the reliance on disposable packing supplies.

Efficient Loading 

Efficient loading is key to minimising the environmental impact on moving day. By maximising the use of space in the moving truck, the number of trips required can be significantly reduced. This efficiency saves time and money and cuts down on fuel consumption and emissions. Work with the moving team to organise and load your belongings in a way that uses every available inch of space in the truck. This might involve strategic placement of furniture, boxes, and other items to ensure a snug fit, maximising the load capacity of each trip.

After the Move- Mindful Unpacking and Disposal 

Unpacking with Care

After arriving at your new home, how you unpack can also contribute to your move's sustainability- approach unpacking with a mindset to recycle or reuse packing materials. Cardboard boxes can be flattened and stored for future use or offered to others who are moving. Packing materials like bubble wrap or packing paper can also be reused. If storage space is an issue, many moving companies offer to take back these materials for recycling or reuse in future moves. This approach not only helps in reducing waste but also encourages a circular economy.

Sustainable Disposal

Once you've settled into your new home, you may find items that no longer serve a purpose. Instead of simply discarding these items, explore sustainable disposal options in your community. Many areas offer recycling programs for a wide range of materials, from electronics to furniture. For items still in good condition but no longer needed, consider donating to local charities or selling them online. By responsibly disposing of these items, you are helping to reduce landfill waste and supporting your new community's recycling efforts. Remember, sustainable moving doesn’t end on moving day; it's a continuous commitment to making environmentally conscious choices.

This is something we feel strongly about at Allied. As a respected moving company, we encourage clients to donate items they no longer need, like toys and clothes, during their move. Simply inform our supervisor, and we’ll remove these items for free, donating them to benefit disadvantaged and disabled children in Thailand. Our beneficiaries include various schools, orphanages, and charities like the Burma Children Medical Fund and the Camillian Home for Children with Disabilities, streamlining your move while supporting those in need.

Allied Thailand’s Eco-Friendly Services

Allied understands the importance of sustainable moving. Our range of services caters to the environmentally conscious mover. We offer:

Reusable Packing Solutions: Reduce waste with durable, reusable packing materials.

Efficient Logistics: With a well-planned moving strategy, Allied minimises trips, reducing emissions.

Recycling Programs: Allied assists in responsibly disposing of or recycling packing materials post-move.

Sustainable Disposal: free removal of left behind items and donations to charities. 


Moving sustainably is beneficial for the environment and can also be a more efficient and cost-effective approach to relocation. By adopting green moving practices, you contribute significantly to environmental conservation. Moving companies should be leading the way in offering eco-friendly moving solutions, making it easier for individuals and businesses to move responsibly. Remember, every small step towards sustainability makes a big difference. Choose to move green and pave the way for a healthier planet.