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Planning an eco-friendly move

People who care about protecting the environment will love these eco-friendly moving tips that help them minimize their impact on the planet during their transition.

If you're an outdoor advocate, you're probably concerned about the environmental footprint your transition may make. Fortunately for you, there are steps you can take when planning to move that will make it a smooth and planet-friendly relocation. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Reduce, reuse, recycle

Once you set a date for your big move, start stocking up on materials from prior moves, friends and family members. Did mom and dad just get a new refrigerator? Save that box for packing up your own items. Moving companies and stores may also be able to provide used materials that you can have or borrow free of charge. Online resources are another option if you're looking to reuse boxes, and sites like Craigslist and Freecycle.org often provide sources for locating free or low-cost supplies. When you're done, be sure to recycle the goods or pass them along to another mover to pay it forward using the sites previously mentioned. Do try to avoid certain materials such as Styrofoam, and opt for green choices like paper or cardboard packaging instead. If you have electronics or digital tools that are broken or no longer needed, certain retailers such as Best Buy lend a hand by recycling them for free.

Another way to save the planet - and some cash - during your move is to trim down the number of things you bring with you. Why bother hauling along items that you haven't used in years, or have no intention of touching again? Mother Nature Network shared a reminder, however, to start your purge early to avoid throwing things away. The sooner you start determining what objects you don't want, the easier it will be to organize a yard sale or take various recyclables to the proper location. Not sure how to dispose of certain items? You can check online for locations to recycle a number of materials that you might not be able to set out for regular collection or drop in any bin. For example, many electronics can be taken directly to major digital retailers, which will take care of the process from there.

Choose wisely

When it comes to choosing a moving company, some are easier on the environment as well. Green providers often opt for biodiesel fuel instead of regular gasoline, and try to pack more than one client into the same truck when possible to save gas by using fewer vehicles and not having to make as many trips. Many also offer reusable containers that you can utilize to transfer your belongings - saving you from having to purchase and store packing materials as well.

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