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The Green Life: Green Your Moving Day

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January 22, 2009

Green Your Moving Day

Green your move While packing up and moving is generally seen as an unpleasant chore, it's also an opportunity for a fresh start. Begin your new life on a green note by reducing your environmental impact while moving. Here's how:

Take Inventory: Recycle, donate, or give away anything you don't need or love. Getting rid of cumbersome possessions before you start packing will save you from having to throw away items at the last minute.

Use Green Moving Companies: Daily Kos recently reported on Movegreen, a Santa Monica-based company that plants trees to offset every move and runs their trucks on biofuel. Can't find a green mover in your area? Minimize your impact by choosing the smallest truck that will carry all of your belongings in one trip. 

Reuse Boxes: Ask friends and businesses for used boxes and packing material, then pass along these items after your move (use Craigslist or Freecycle to find locals who need moving boxes). Can't find enough free boxes? Buy a moving kit from Used Cardboard Boxes or rent bins from Rent a Green Box.

Share your tips: How do you reduce waste during a move?

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