Good Instructions: How to Move Houses With Less Waste

Moving into a new home can put undue stress on both you and the environment, and since I'm moving this week, I've been researching ways to move with as little an environmental impact as possible.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, one in six Americans moves each year, which is roughly 5.1 million people. The average eight-room house requires more than 100 boxes to move. Then you need tape, markers, labels, bubble wrap, styrofoam peanuts, paper, dollies, a truck (or several), the gas to fill them, and a bunch of manpower. This adds up financially and environmentally. So whether you are just moving a few blocks away or hauling your life across the country, here are a few easy ideas to help make your move easy, economical, and environmentally-friendly.

Illustrations by Brianna Harden.