The best way to reduce our carbon footprint is to conserve natural resources which are fast being depleted from Earth at the rate we are using things. Also because you’re sending some things into almost semi-permanent storage, it becomes so easy to forget that you had this lamp shade or that coloured bedsheets that you just so happened to have put away.
So if you’re getting ready to pack your items into storage, take a little time out to take note what’s going into the boxes and the containers so that you can keep track of what you already own. When you see that you already have the same item somewhere around, the spendthrift and eco-warrior in all of us will want to save yourself the money and retrieve the item instead of heading to the stores to buy the same thing the second time around. And thus, we will save the world!
This is a fantastic idea especially if you foresee your items going into storage for a long period of time. Over time, containers that decompose may not be the best solution, because eventually humidity and wear and tear will affect the storage container’s ability to lift and protect your items within. Reusable containers that are not plastic but are biodegradable are obviously one of the options here.
Even when you’re ready to throw away or use some of these items, the boxes can always be repurposed to house other bric-a-brac lying around the house.