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Greener Moving – How To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint When You Move

Yesterday, we saw an article that caught our eye. Apparently, local industry leader Gentle Giant has begun utilizing bicycle trailers in an effort to reduce their carbon footprint for smaller jobs in the Boston area. Naturally, this got us thinking about what we do to be environtmentally-conscious, and what else we could be doing. 

We do strongly believe that we all need to do everything we can to ensure the stability of resources for generations to come. That’s why we have always used recycled boxes and materials. We have a strong policy about reusing boxes, and using “trash” cardboard from mattresses, TVs, furniture, or appliances for future moves. Only once we have squeezed every last bit of usefulness out of a material will we then go ahead and send it off to be recycled again.

While we think this moving pedicab service is creative and interesting, we also realize that there’s just no substitute for a moving van or truck in certain situations. For instance, the trailers are limited to only 300 lbs, so they are mostly useful in groups or for very small moves. For larger moves, we have made a valiant effort to reduce our own emissions. We do not use engine-powered hydraulics, as they can cause the engine to sit and idle. We are currently in talks with contractors to convert our truck fleet to biodiesel.

Greener Moving is achievable through these methods, as well as many others. We are always welcome to suggestions. If you have ideas on how a moving company (or any company, for that matter) can reduce carbon emissions and waste, please let us know in the comments section!

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