Moving from one home to another is not a low-impact activity. If you're relocating from one coast to the other, you could use as much as 120 pounds of cardboard and generate 5,000 pounds of climate-changing carbon dioxide. Even moving from one side of your state to another could have a 500-pound carbon impact, given the fuel burned by moving vans and the resources you use to pack up all your stuff.
How can you make you move more eco and less yecch?
• Don't move what you don't need; to unload unnecessary stuff, donate to Goodwill or the Salvation Army; have a yard sale; freecycle.
• Save newspapers in advance of your move to use as packing paper.
• Pick up discarded boxes from local stores.
• Pack things in suitcases or containers you are also moving to save space and reduce the number of throwaway boxes you use.
• Use the right size truck. A too-larger truck wastes energy. A truck that's too small may need to make too many trips.
• Recycle boxes andRead More »from Get an (Environmental) Move On!