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5 Eco-Friendly Moving Tips

  1. De-clutter, reorganize. If you haven’t opened that dusty box in the attic for 10 years (that has long since turned into a grave for dead moths and spiders) then you should probably think twice before hauling it to your new place. Think less pack rat, more minimalist. The weeks before the big move offer a great chance to start with a clean slate, organizationally. Plus, the less “stuff” you need to pack up equals more money you save on moving supplies, equals a lighter load to haul, equals the less gas you’ll need to move from point a to point b, equals the less CO2 you’ll emit into the atmosphere….and the perks just keep on coming.
  2. Move during a temperate weather season. If possible, make the big move in the spring or fall. This will cut down on the air conditioner or heater that will be necessary for most winter or summer moving trips. It will make the whole moving process more energy efficient. Mother nature is your friend, especially when she’s trying to save you some money!
  3. Use recyclable moving supplies. Unless you live in a remote town in northern Alaska with a population of -2, chances are that you are close enough to civilization to find used boxes from grocery stores, gas stations, retail stores, or friends who just finished moving. Another wonderfully green idea is to rent a plastic crate (RecoPack), which boasts to be 100% zero waste. RecoPacks are sturdy moving crates that are made from post-consumer trash mined from landfills and last for 400 uses before recycled into another RecoPack. If a cat has nine lives, how many lives does a RecoPack have?
  4. Donate. If you are successfully following step 1, then donating should be like second nature. As you are packing up the final boxes and are only days away from leaving the old house for the new one, empty the fridge and donate left over food to neighbors and friends instead of trashing it. Those clothes, electronics, knick knacks, and doodads that you have decided you can live without would make a great donation to a local charity organization or shelter.
  5. Choose the right moving van. When deciding on what size moving van you’ll need to rent, follow Goldilocks’s good example by choosing one that’s just right. The moving van is ultimately your biggest source of CO2. If you choose a van that is too large or too small, then you will end up polluting the environment with unnecessary CO2 emissions. You may also be in an area where the up-and-coming “green” moving van is offered. These van companies are committed to moving your belongings with as little imprint on the environment as possible and generally run on bio-diesel.

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