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Not only can moving be stressful for you, but it turns out it can be pretty stressful on a pine tree, too. That’s because the average move requires 60 boxes, or more than half of 1 ton of pine tree, according to the infographic below from

A low-waste move can save some pine, and there are a number of ways you can lower your impact. Renting boxes is one way to go, but if you choose to use cardboard boxes, heed the advice below and recycle them or reuse them around your house — those 660 boxes the typical American uses to move in a lifetime really add up.

Save Trees: Recycle Your Moving Boxes
Save Trees: Recycle Your Moving Boxes

Feature photo by Luka Siemionov from Pexels. This post was originally published on September 26, 2013.

By Haley Shapley

Haley Shapley is based in Seattle, where recycling is just as cool as Macklemore, walking in the rain without an umbrella, and eating locally sourced food. She writes for a wide range of publications, covering everything from sustainability to fitness to travel. Read more of her work here.