Time to move? Get going ... responsibly!
1. As soon as you set your moving date, start with the first rule of a smooth move — reduce the amount you have to move! The fewer things you have to move, the less packing materials you will need and the less fuel you will use. Purge the eco-friendly way: offer items that won't be moving with you to friends and family, have a garage sale, or put them online for a price or for free.
2. Avoid buying environmentally unfriendly bubble wrap and styrofoam peanuts. Instead, protect delicate items by using old newspapers, packing materials you have saved from home deliveries, and towels, bedding and kitchen cloths that you will be taking with you. If you do have to purchase foam, bubble wrap or sturdy cardboard boxes, consider listing them online for other families to reuse for their own move once you're finished with them.
3. Consider renting sturdy, stackable, reusable plastic boxes that can be refilled many times, instead of one or two-use cardboard boxes. Not only will you save time in hunting down boxes from grocery stores and then taking the time to tape them up properly, by utilizing reusable plastic boxes you'll feel good about having zero waste after your move (no tape to dispose of, no boxes to crush and recycle later), while enjoying a higher level of protection for your possessions.
Whether you're moving across the country or just across town, you can, with a little bit of pre-planning, make your move an easier, more environmentally-friendly one!