Moving Without the Waste

Blogging the NYT 01.21.2009

01_22_09_moving_650.jpgMoving often seems to be a part of the lifestyle of 20- and 30-somethings. Between my boyfriend and me, just the last four years have included five moves. We've finally found a place where we'll stay put for more than two years, and we couldn't be happier that we won't have to deal with moving in a couple of months. Like many people, we move ourselves, and since they're usually in-town, we are able to make do with about 10 or 15 boxes that we can move, unload, and then pack up again. But what about bigger moves? As this article in the New York Times points out, companies are starting to help make those moves greener. Jump below for the details.

Focusing on reusing plastic packing containers rather than cardboard boxes, companies are helping to make moves more eco-friendly. And they're trying to create a national network of reusable crates, spreading the good word about these plastic bins that are much more reusable than cardboard.

According to the article, cardboard boxes can be used for about four moves, and usually can handle seven rounds of recycling. But some plastic bins have been reused as many as 400 times--you do the math!

So, what do you think? Will the moving industry be changing to incorporate these reusable plastic bins? Have you ever used a service like this, or would you if it was available in your area?

Let us know!

Photo by Stephanie Diani for The New York Times