Green Moving Initiatives
Our Green Moving Initiatives
As an eco-friendly moving company, we believe owning and running a business brings with it the responsibility to do right by our coworkers, our customers, our neighbors, and the environment.
Towards that end, we purchase locally sourced products whenever possible, use moving products with recycled content, offer free pick-up of used standard-sized moving boxes (no garbage please), use rubber bands to secure moving pads to furniture instead of tape, and recycle all our scrap cardboard and shrink wrap.
For the last three-plus years, we’ve been a member of a group of area residents who work together to turn waste vegetable oil from local restaurants and businesses into high quality, earth-friendly fuel. From April through October, our small fleet of diesel trucks runs on 100% pure biodiesel, otherwise known as B100.
Biodiesel is non-toxic and biodegradable. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, B100 reduces CO2 emissions by over 75%, carbon monoxide emissions by 50%, cancer causing aromatic compounds by 90%, and completely eliminates sulfur oxides and sulfates, which are major components of acid rain. By some estimates, each gallon of diesel fuel we burn instead of petroleum diesel results in public health care savings of $1.40!
Just recently, we started our Tags for Miles Program, which gives customers the chance to reduce the environmental impact of their move by purchasing carbon offsets (called Oneota Tags) through the Winneshiek Energy District in northeastern Iowa. This is the first entirely local carbon offset program in our state; by purchasing Oneota Tags, you’ll help fund home energy efficiency projects in the Decorah area, thereby offsetting the carbon emissions from your move. If you’re interested in participating, please ask us for details when you book your move.
We’re always looking for new ways to minimize the negative environmental and health impacts of our business. Please let us know if you’ve got a suggestion!