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1. Instead of packing your stuff in trash bags, cardboard boxes, or anything else you might end up throwing in the trash, rent reusable plastic crates that can be returned after your move. Try LifeTotes.
2. Before throwing things in the trash, figure out if your stuff is worthy of donating, selling, or giving away on Craigslist.
3. On the same note, check out local yard sales and craigslist postings before purchasing new furniture.
4. If new furniture is needed for your new place, look for sustainable options - buy local, or check out eco selections from West Elm, or read about the latest innovations in eco friendly furniture on TreeHugger.
5. Use newspaper to pack fragile items instead of packing peanuts or bubble wrap. Packing peanuts are made from polystyrene...yuck! And bubblewrap doesn't biodegrade. Packing with newspaper is a good way to reuse, and can still be recycled at the end.
6. Use eco-friendly cleaning supplies when scrubbing down the old and the new digs. Many stores carry green cleaners, or you can make your own.