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How to Make Your Move Green

Author: Vince Font

There's a growing number of people out there who are looking at eco-friendly alternatives to just about everything—and earth-friendly moving options are among them. Moving green may not be anything you've considered before, probably because you didn't think it was possible. But it is.

Here are five of the most effective how to go green moving tips that let you carry on with the business of relocation without leaving behind a carbon footprint twice the size of your home.

1. Lighten the Load

Until such time as scientists have figured out how to transport matter via those "beam me up, Scotty" transports on Star Trek, you're going to burn fossil fuel when you move. But you can take steps to burn as little as possible by lightening the travel load. This means relying on a variety of options, from Craigslist to yard sales to donations through local charities, to get rid of the excess junk you don't want to bring along with you.

Take note: it doesn't necessarily have to be junk to get left behind when moving green. Heavy items like refrigerators and washer/dryers can be re-purchased once you move in, too, and their sale or donation could add seriously to your piggy bank or give you some major tax write-offs.

2. Pack Up Eco-Style

Another area that sees great waste in moving is the packaging materials that we use. Moving without boxes is an impossibility, but there are things you can do to make your efforts greener.

First, stay away from buying new boxes. They're not only wasteful, but they're also incredibly expensive on you. If you're not able to re-use old cardboard boxes, there's another option: rentable plastic containers. These eco-friendly moving boxes not only come with lockable lids but also have handles that make you wonder how you ever managed a previous move without them. When packing breakable items, use linens that you already own as an alternative to bubble wrap.

3. Clean Green

One of the biggest headaches about moving is cleaning up after yourself. Not only do you have to haul your stuff away, but you'll also be expected to leave the place looking pristine for the next tenant or homeowner. This will require the use of industrial cleaning supplies, but it doesn't mean you'll be scorching the earth upon your exit. There are a good number of eco-friendly cleaning supplies that don't leave a negative effect on the environment. Be sure to pick up natural cleaning products before move day.

4. Plan Efficiently and Choose Wisely

If you're moving yourself, a big part of lessening the negative impact of the fossil fuels you're burning is to have an efficient plan that'll only require one trip to get everything moved. This means you'll have to make sure your belongings all fit inside the moving vehicle you've rented.

If you're hiring a moving company to move your stuff for you, do your homework on the company you're choosing. There are some moving companies that actually espouse green initiatives, including utilizing more fuel-efficient trucks and providing plastic storage bins as a part of the services they provide.

5. Hit the Green Road

Moving green is an adventure, and at no time is this more apparent than hitting the road and heading to your destination. If you're moving a long distance, you might have to stay in a hotel for a few nights while you're waiting for the moving van to arrive. Take this opportunity to patronize environmentally friendly hotels. After all, voting with your wallet is an effective method at promoting change.

Not sure where to find an eco friendly hotel? Try narrowing down your search by visiting Environmentally Friendly Hotels.