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Keep it Green When You're on the Move

Sure, late spring into summer is great for things like traveling [www.sundance.tv] or gardening [www.sundance.tv], but it’s also the most popular time of year to move. While the act of packing everything you own into boxes and then packing those boxes into a truck, car or van is the height of drudgery for many of us, there’s still lots of ways to think green when on the move. Whether you’re buying, selling, renting, leasing or sub-letting, don’t leave the planet out of your decision to find a new place to call home.

The folks at Earth Friendly Moving [www.earthfriendlymoving.com] have got it down to a science. Rather than wading through endless piles of cardboard boxes, packing peanuts, labels and tape, they deliver reusable plastic bins (they call ‘em the “Recopack”) to your current home. For “a buck a box a week”, you pack them full of your treasures; with five available sizes, there isn’t much that you’d need to box that won’t fit into one of them. They stack easily and help keep you organized; when you’re ready to move, off you go. When you’ve arrived at your new home, unpack the Recopacks, and Earth Friendly Moving comes by to reclaim them and send them along to someone else. No wadded-up newspaper, bubble wrap, busted cardboard boxes or any other disposable paraphernalia used; it’s a zero-waste move!

That’s right; the above scene, with stuff thrown in boxes, will never happen again. They’ve even got packing materials to replace that which you’d ordinarily thrown away; instead of the above-mentioned waste, their materials can be recycled, composted or be used over and over again. The company currently operates in California, with big plans to expand nation-wide by the end of 2007. Anything that can make moving easier and greener is a good deal in our book, so we hope to see more Earth Friendly Moving around the country soon.