We're getting ready to move in a few weeks and have been trying to make it as green a process as possible. From de-cluttering to carefully considering packing materials and transportation, here are some of our top tips for an eco-friendly move.
• Reduce: Moving is the perfect time to reassess how much (or how little) stuff you really need. Sell furniture on Craigslist, unload appliances on Freecycle, donate clothing to a shelter, and give your friend that lamp you know she always coveted. You'll be glad you pared down when you start life in your new home fresh and clutter-free.
• Boxes: Avoid buying new cardboard boxes. Instead, get free boxes from friends, the office mail room, grocery and liquor stores, or Craigslist. Or rent reusable crates from a company like Rentagreenbox.com or ZippGo.
• Packing materials: Minimize the need for disposable packing materials by wrapping fragile items in bedding, towels, and sweaters. Scraps from a paper shredder also make good packing material. And be sure to reuse or recycle any bubble wrap and packing peanuts when the move is over.
• Transportation: Should you rent a truck or use your own car? This post from TreeHugger might help you sort out questions of fuel economy and carbon footprint. If you're looking to hire a mover, check out New York's iMoveGREEN, which is partnered with the EPA, and Southern California's Go Green Moving, which uses biodiesel trucks.
Do you have any other tips for greening a move?