At Moving magazine, we periodically feature standout businesses that are moving the moving industry towards more eco friendly practices. Today I would like to put our spotlight on Moving Boxes Made Green, which was started in November of 2008, with the sole goal in reducing the impact moving has on the environment. This company was founded by Beth Christenson, whose family had moved several times, and in each instance, she got frustrated with the huge amount of time it took to tape the boxes together as well as dispose of them after she had moved. Recycling effectively took even more time as the amount of boxes involved in moving had overwhelmed her family’s small household recycling bin . Even giving them away turned out to be more challenging than she thought it would be. These experiences inspired her to start her own business that would offer reusable bins to other people for their moves.
Moving Boxes Made Green is a growing family-owned and run company. Their Chicago franchise was started last year by a stay at home mom with a desire to offer an eco friendly moving option to people in her area. This gave her the opportunity to do just that from home, and she has been doing well since. Six months ago , Beth teamed up with a couple that lives in Arizona. Sharing her vision of green moving and, coupled with their marketing background and experience, they have now become partners in their goal of offering their eco friendly moving services nationally and hopefully soon, internationally!
Their service is dedicated to making the customer’s move as simple as possible. There are several package options and customized requests are welcome. They deliver the reserved number of boxes to their present location. They pack the boxes and move them, or have them moved to their new location. After unpacking, they come to pick the boxes up. There is no tape, no assembly, no zip ties, and no waste! The boxes stack easily and have water proof snap on lids. Handles make them easy to carry. They are also in the process of being able to offer additional packing items, such as recycled paper, and they include a hand truck/dolly free with every order!
The amount of water and energy used to make cardboard is staggering. If people are dedicated to recycling the boxes after using them for moving, it helps. However, we are still using a lot of resources to even recycle them. By offering plastic bins and reusing them over and over again, Moving Boxes Made Green can dramatically cut down on waste and energy. Cardboard is necessary in some circumstances, but by providing a service that is an easy alternative, they can make a difference and an environmental impact. The cost of using their boxes is less than it would be to purchase cardboard. Once you figure in the cost of tape and all of the time involved in assembling and breakdown of the boxes as well as their disposal when your move is complete, their service can save you a lot of time and money.
Moving Magazine readers will be offered a special discount for utilizing the services of Moving Boxes made Green. You can call Beth at 206 355–9757 or e-mail Beth directly to redeem the discount. If you live in Arizona, you can reach their Scottsdale location at 480 433-4086. You just need to mention hearing about them on Moving Magazine and they will give 10% off your order or 1 additional week free!