The Low Down On Green Living
June 12th, 2008
It’s summer and that means a lot of folks are getting ready to move. Typically moving is a major environmental hazard zone: wasted packing paper, discarded boxes and thousands of miles of smog-belching truck driving. The average American move uses 100-120 pounds of cardboard and emits 5,000 pounds of carbon dioxide for a cross-country move or 500 pounds for an intra-state move. Yee-ouch!
We’ll help you make your move more eco-friendly. Here are some tips on Lower Impact Moving:
1. First of all, don’t move what you don’t need! Go through your closets and boxes and get rid of the books, clothing and knick-knacks you won’t be using at your new home. You can give things to your local Goodwill or sell them on Craigslist. You’ll cut the carbon footprint of your move by limiting your junk!
2. A couple of months before your move, start saving your newspapers. You can use these for packing paper and then recycle it after your move.
3. We really encourage you to not use styrofoam “peanuts.” But if you do, please do check to see if you can recycle them. Many cities now recycle styrofoam– click here to check for your city.
4. You can go to your local grocery store or electronics store and ask them for their discarded boxes– this will save you hundreds of dollars and will conserve precious paper resources. Then you can recycle the boxes when you’re done.
5. Or if want clean, great quality boxes, you can go to our friends at UsedCardboardBoxes.com. You simply go to their site, order the quantity of boxes you want, and they send them to you. All of the boxes are recycled and can be recycled again. We have used this service and can give it a personal testimonial!
6. You’ll probably do some house-cleaning either when you move out of your old place or into your new place. Be sure to use non-toxic cleaning products, or if you want someone to do the cleaning for you, click here to find a green home-cleaning service in your area.
If you’re lucky enough to live in Southern California, you have another couple of great options for green moving services. Go Green Moving, based in Irvine, will move you using their biodiesel powered trucks. Another great company, MoveGreen, based in Santa Barbara, also uses biodiesel trucks, recycled moving supplies and plants 10 trees for every move!
We really hope some of the big national moving companies will investigate using biodiesel or other lower-impact moving options. (hint, hint, nudge, nudge.)
Do you have any other good ideas for green moves? Please share them in the comments section.
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