7 Jul 2020
Working Together to Make Your Move Eco-Friendly
In today’s world, everyone is keen to reduce their impact on the environment so what can be done when you are moving house? There is a role for the mover but the transferee also has a part to play.
As a mover, we are a major consumer of paper and paper products. After all these years, nobody has come up with a better material to pack and protect furniture than paper – and a lot of it. Fortunately, paper is recyclable and we do work hard to collect, package, and deliver used paper packing materials to local recycling companies. We also make use of plastic bins which, although less recycleable, can be reused literally thousands of times. Our trucks are all Euro 5 standard and we aim to renew our fleet to Euro 6 within the next year or so. The emissions have dropped dramatically while the fuel economy has shown significant gains. Our electric consumption in our warehouse has been reduced by 30% in the past 24 months by using automatic timers connected to our airconditioning and dehumidifying systems. We’ve also replaced our warehouse and office lighting with new low power consumption fluorescent and, where possible, we are eyeing a move to LED lighting.
The transferee can play a part as well. Most movers will have a supply of clean, lightly used paper materials (carton boxes, blank newspring, etc.) so ask your move consultant if that is an option. Recycling carton boxes have a large and positive impact on the amount of material needed for a move. As a mover, I’ve found that some of our customers embrace the idea, while others feel it is not appropriate to use used materials. Let the mover know how you feel in advanced to avoid any misunderstanding.
Many movers, my company included, have one or more eco-related quality standards which formatlize and standardize our environmental impact. One of the better known is ISO-14001 which is monitored by a professional outside audit firm. All Asian Tigers offices have plans on how to minimize their impact on the environment so for more details, contact your local AT office.