Yes, you already have a million things to think about when moving. But some simple tweaks can make the process climate-friendlier.
When Friday Apaliski moved from her apartment in San Francisco to a duplex in the same city, she sourced cardboard boxes from Facebook to pack up her belongings. Drew Shula, who moved about six years ago within Los Angeles County, protected breakables with old T-shirts and towels. And Sarah Feldstein, who also lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, saves meal-kit delivery boxes so she can advertise them on Craigslist for neighbors who need them.
All three think about sustainability more than most people — it’s part of their job. Apaliski worked as a “sustainability concierge” until recently, helping people green different aspects of their lives. Shula is founder and CEO of Verdical Group, an environmental consultancy. And Feldstein and her husband own ZippGo, a company that rents out reusable, plastic moving boxes. But the tools they’ve used to make moving more sustainable are within reach for everyone else, too.
Yes, moving is stressful and expensive — and your environmental footprint may be the last thing you want to worry about — but a few tweaks can make the process a little easier on the earth (no promises about your own emotional state).