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Sustainable Storing: How Self-Storage Helps Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

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Self-storage has become an increasingly popular solution for individuals and businesses needing additional storage space. However, as we strive to reduce our carbon footprint and promote sustainability, it’s important to consider the environmental impact of our storage practices.

In this blog, we will explore the topic of sustainable storing and how self-storage plays a crucial role in reducing our carbon footprint. We will discuss the environmental impact of the self-storage industry and how Kangaroo Self Storage is committed to sustainability. You’ll also find tips on how individuals and businesses can adopt sustainable storage practices and contribute to a more sustainable future.

Join us on this journey towards sustainable storing and discover how self-storage helps reduce your carbon footprint.

The Benefits of Self-Storage for Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

Self-storage facilities are often a convenient solution for individuals and businesses that need additional space for their belongings. However, traditional storage options have a significant environmental impact; choosing a sustainable self-storage facility will reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to a more sustainable future.

One of the primary benefits of self-storage facilities is that they are often more energy-efficient than traditional storage options. For example, here at Kangaroo Self Storage, we don’t heat our storage units, considerably reducing energy bills. But don’t worry; you won’t freeze when moving items in and out of storage; the unit’s temperature remains consistent.

Carbon footprint logo on a cardboard box

Another benefit of self-storage is that it promotes the reuse of existing resources, an essential aspect of the circular economy. By storing items you no longer use or need, you prevent them from ending up in landfills and promote their reuse.

The Importance of Sustainable Storage Practices

Sustainable storage practices are becoming increasingly important in today’s society due to the growing concern for the environment and the impact that human activities have on the planet.

For example, sustainable storage practices can help to protect valuable goods from damage or spoilage. In addition, proper storage techniques will help to maintain the quality and integrity of products, which ultimately leads to a longer lifespan and reduce the need for replacement.

If you’re unsure about the best storage practices for your belongings, we have plenty of FAQs to hopefully provide the answers you need, but here are a few top tips to help you maximise your unit, use your space efficiently, and extend your items’ lifespans:

  • Plan ahead by thinking about the size and weight of each item and how they will be stored
  • Take advantage of our services and ask us to add shelves and racks if you need them
  • Labels are your best friend; use them for everything
  • Protect your items using packing materials available from our Box Shop

Following the last point, we have an extensive range of packing materials, including various boxes and plenty of protective materials, such as bubble wrap. Pick up everything you need to protect your belongings online or by visiting our shops in person.

Half-filled self-storage unit

The Role of Self-Storage in the Circular Economy

The circular economy is a system of production and consumption that aims to minimise waste and maximise the use of resources. In this system, products and materials are reused, repaired, or recycled instead of thrown away. Both business and household self-storage play an important role in this system by providing a space for individuals and companies to store items that can be repurposed or reused.

One way that self-storage contributes to the circular economy is by providing a space for businesses to store surplus stock or materials that can be reused in the future. For example, a company may store winter clothing that didn’t sell when it was time to prepare for spring. The company will reduce waste and conserve resources by storing this stock instead of throwing it away.

Self-storage also plays a role in the sharing economy, another aspect of the circular economy. Through sharing platforms, individuals can rent out their unused items to others, reducing the need for new items to be produced. Self-storage will provide a space for individuals to store these items when they are not being rented out, making it easier to participate in the sharing economy.

Circular economy graphic

Another way that self-storage contributes to the circular economy is by providing a space for individuals and businesses to store items that can be repaired or refurbished. For example, someone may store a piece of furniture that needs to be refinished or repaired, and by repairing and reusing items, we can reduce waste and conserve resources.

Why Choose a Sustainable Self-Storage Supplier Like Kangaroo?

The self-storage industry is incredibly eco-friendly; let’s take a look at some of the reasons why and also why choosing a sustainable supplier such as Kangaroo is an excellent choice for both individuals and businesses:

  • Very few self-storage facilities are heated, including ourselves, meaning no energy is wasted when there are no visitors
  • Most stores have switched to LED lighting, which is often sensor-controlled, which, again, means no energy is wasted
  • Self-storage is not a large generator of traffic, with 75% of customers visiting their unit once a month or less and 20% fewer than three times a year
  • Customers do not travel long distances to their storage unit, with only 25% travelling more than 20 minutes and 38% travelling less than 10 minutes to their self-storage store

Here at Kangaroo Self Storage, we have conveniently located storage facilities across Scotland and North West England, including:

You’re never too far away from sustainable storing. Visit us in person or contact our team online to discuss your storage options; we’re always happy to help.

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