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It Gets Easier With The Green Move

Unfortunately, the moving process is notoriously bad for the environment.  Schlepping massive amounts of possessions from one location to another means burning lots of fuel.

However, there are ways to relocate responsibly.  Here are five ways you can make your move more eco-friendly.

1.  Start hording packing material now.  Normally, we would tell you less is more.  Acquiring more things that will someday have to be disposed of is very wasteful.  However, in this case, being a pack rat is good!

Any time you can get your hands on bubble wrap, packing peanuts, cardboard boxes, padded envelopes, etc., hang on for dear life!  Recycling all of these items is good for the environment, good for your wallet, and good for the safety of your possessions.

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Check with local retail stores (grocery, liquor, hardware); see if anyone has unused boxes you can take off their hands.  Before driving all over town, call each store first.  This will save you time and gas.

2.  Get rid of unwanted items.  It makes no sense to haul items across town (or across the country), only to throw them away at your final destination.  Sell items in a community-wide garage sale.  Or check online vendors like Craigslist, eBay or Facebook swapper groups.

If you can’t sell items, give them away.  Local libraries will gladly accept book donations.  Schools or daycare centers will take your computer.  Domestic violence centers or homeless shelters might be interested in clothing donations.

3.  Look for eco-friendly moving companies.  Some moving companies boast biodiesel-powered trucks.  Others offer reusable plastic moving containers; simply pay a minimal fee per container for the moving company to drop them off wherever you like and pick them up when you are finished.

If you can’t find an eco-friendly moving company in your city, don’t despair.  You can still make the process green.  Find your own reusable moving containers.  Instead of using cardboard boxes that will need to be recycled, buy your own plastic tubs (preferably those made of recycled plastic).  These tubs can be used in your new destination to store things like toys, off-season clothes, balls and other outdoor play things, seasonal decorations, and much more.

4.  Be a green cleaner.  There will probably be an obscene amount of cleaning that will need to take place in both your old and new homes.  Make sure you use all green cleaning products.  Check your local health food store.  Or, make your own green cleaning solutions.

5.  Reduce junk mail.  Sometime during the moving process, you will need to file a change of address card with the post office.  When you do, only submit a temporary change of address.  The United States Postal Service sells lists of permanent address changes to direct marketers.  However, they don’t worry about sharing temporary address changes.  This will significantly cut down on the amount of junk mail you receive.

Hopefully, your moving process will be as organized, stress-free and green as possible.  If you know of any green moving tips we left off the list, please share them!

Guest author Carli Eben works for a Tampa mover.  She is passionate about conservation efforts; Carli offers green tips to both her employer and clients whenever possible!

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