Every year, an estimated 15 million American families relocate. They generate an average of 30 million pounds in wasted tape and 90 million pounds of packing paper waste doing so. A massive amount of junk is sent to landfills as well, totaling an estimated 16.8 billion pounds.
353 million gallons of fuel are exhausted with all these yearly moves releasing millions of pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The EPA estimates a large moving truck may eject 40 pounds of carbon dioxide for every 10 miles it drives while a small truck emits 22 pounds.
Downsize early on by selling, recycling or donating unwanted items so there’s less to pack.
Dispose of any hazardous or e-waste through the proper channels.
Stockpile packing supplies and boxes from deliveries you receive ahead of the move.
Rent reusable moving boxes if available in your area instead of purchasing new boxes.
Check with local grocery stores or corner shops for sturdy cardboard boxes you can reuse and recycle afterwards.
Utilize household items to pack more efficiently, such as luggage, reusable grocery totes, gym bags or even large kitchen pots.
Opt for biodegradable packaging and wrapping goods or use items already on hand like newspapers, old t-shirts and towels.
Shop around for green moving services with sustainable and eco-friendly practices within their business models.
Use a biodiesel, electric or hybrid moving truck to diminish your carbon footprint.
Make a conscious effort to limit trips back and forth to reduce emissions.
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