Moving Just Got Green

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Now that we've told you how you can furnish your home with recycled furniture and rugs, call your friends on a solar phone, insulate with bubble wrap, clean with a sustainable Swiffer and give your whole dang place a green roof ... may we present a new eco trend: The Green Mover.

Earlier this year, The New York Times highlighted the trend pointing out companies that not only move your stuff, but some that will make your life easier by simply renting you recycled-plastic bins to use. A practice that companies and shops have been using to move and move merchandise for years. Now those crates have finally hit the residential market - and hard. Spencer Brown of Rentagreenbox.com, has seen business double in the last three years.
But, just like all aspects of the green movement, one must weight its greeness carefully. Even if you're saving paper by not using cardboard, is your truck traveling a long way to get to you? Or is it using traditional fuel? There are several companies offering a variety of green services, here's a quick run down.

  • New York's Movers, Not Shakers run their trucks on biodiesel, use recycled plastic bins and claim to pay their movers a descent wage, which they say results in more dedicated movers.
  • Southern California's Go Green use biodiesel on their trucks but no mention of bins. But if you're getting cardboard boxes from the supermarket to pack your stuff, you're still recycling.
  • GreenMoversUSA allows you to search for an estimate from green movers in your area.
One more thing to consider: If you're moving anything into storage, you'll need boxes you can keep, whether they're plastic bins or cardboard.
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