SOMERVILLE, MA - Gentle Giant Moving Company, an award winning moving and storage company based in Massachusetts with locations in seven additional states, today announced it has been twice recognized recently for its environmentally friendly practices. The company received a "Bike Friendly Business" award from the mayor of the city of Boston. Gentle Giant was also recognized by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative for responsible sourcing of materials. These recent achievements reflect broad efforts within the company to reduce its overall environmental impact and consumption of resources.
Gentle Giant Moving Company is permitted by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) to display its logo on the company's website because it is committed to sourcing the production of its packing materials and marketing materials from companies that participate in SFI programs. Such programs ensure responsible and sustainable manufacture of paper-based products.
GreenMoversUSA, a national network of transportation service providers, has welcomed Gentle Giant Moving Company as an affiliate service provider. Gentle Giant was selected to be associated with GreenMoversUSA because it is taking the necessary steps to reduce its waste and pollution, and to offset its carbon footprint.
In April Gentle Giant was honored as a "Bike Friendly Business" by Boston's Mayor Menino in a ceremony as part of the 2009 Green Business Awards. The company received this recognition because it has made efforts to make it easier for bicycle commuters to continue using and storing their bikes instead of driving or having to rely on public transportation.
"We recognize that our business and overall industry has an impact on the environment that we share with our neighbors and customers," said Gentle Giant CEO Larry O'Toole. "I'm very proud of the employees at Gentle Giant, who initiated many of our efforts to reduce our environmental impact."
Gentle Giant has published a list of its commitments to reducing environmental impact on its website at http://www.gentlegiant.com/goinggreen.php. Among various green practices, the company:
Maintains a company-wide policy of reducing and reusing packing materials whenever possible.
Offers complimentary post-move retrieval of used packing materials in its New England region.
Re-sells as many used boxes as possible, at discounted prices.
Collects all non-reusable packing materials, which are then compacted and sent to a recycling center.
Expects to recycle anywhere between 60,000 - 80,000 pounds of materials in a given year.
Uses moving boxes that are manufactured from 90% post-consumer recycled materials.
Utilizes only biodegradable foam peanuts, as well as bubble wrap that is made from 25% post-consumer recycled materials.
Has substituted washable and reusable items in its office kitchens for disposable paper and plastic items and has take other steps to significantly reduce office waste.
About Gentle Giant Moving Company, Inc.
Founded in 1980 and headquartered in Somerville, Massachusetts, Gentle Giant is a premier residential and commercial mover, offering local, interstate, and international service. Gentle Giant offers storage facilities and dispatches crews from its seventeen offices in Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, DC, and Washington state. Named one of the Boston Globe 100's Top Places to Work in 2008, Boston Business Journal's Best Places to Work in Massachusetts in 2004, 2005, and 2006, winner of the 2006 International Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics by the Better Business Bureau, winner of the Better Business Bureau's Torch Award for Excellence in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2008, nine-time winner of Boston Magazine's "Best of Boston," six-time winner of The Improper Bostonian's "Boston's Best Moving Company" award, seven-time winner of the Angie's List "Super Service" award, and 2007 Top Small Workplaces award from the Wall Street Journal and Winning Workplaces, the company's services include craning, piano moving, complete packing and unpacking services, furniture and art restoration and conservation, and other related services. For more information, please call (617) 661-3333 or visit the company online at http://www.gentlegiant.com.