SOMERVILLE, MA - Moving and Storage Company Gentle Giant Moving Company, an award winning local and long distance mover based in Mass., has received the 2010 Green Business Award from Newton-Needham Chamber of Commerce. The chamber's Environment Committee chose to recognize Gentle Giant for the successful implementation of green business practices within the 30 year old organization. Gentle Giant Moving Company has a branch location in Needham, Mass., one of 17 the company maintains in eight states. The Newton-Needham Chamber officially recognized Gentle Giant at its annual Green Business Luncheon in May.
Previously Gentle Giant was twice recognized for its environmentally friendly practices. The company received a "Bike Friendly Business" award from the mayor of the city of Boston in 2009. Gentle Giant was also recognized by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative for responsible sourcing of materials. Combined, these three examples of public recognition reflect broad efforts within the company to reduce its overall environmental impact and consumption of resources.
"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."
On the company's website http://www.gentlegiant.com the company lists various green initiatives focused on reducing waste, reusing materials whenever possible, and recycling, including:
Offering complimentary retrieval of used moving boxes and packing supplies and reselling used Gentle Giant Moving boxes at discounted prices
Collecting all non reusable moving boxes and recycling between 60,000 - 80,000 pounds of materials each year
Providing moving boxes that are manufactured from 90% post-consumer recycled materials and sourcing the production of moving boxes and packing materials from companies that participate in Sustainable Forestry Initiative programs
Use of only biodegradable foam peanuts
Use of only bubble wrap that is made from 35% post-consumer recycled materials
Use FSC certified products for external marketing materials
Locating branch locations near public transportation to reduce dependence on automobiles by employees
A recent Gentle Giant customer in Charlotte, NC recently wrote, "I was impressed with the awards, but your community involvement and eco-friendly efforts are what really lured me in. Thanks to everyone at the company for doing their part to give back, especially where the environment is concerned."
About Gentle Giant Moving Company, Inc.
Founded in 1980, Massachusetts Moving Company Gentle Giant is a premier residential and commercial mover, offering local moving, interstate moving, and international moving service. Named 2009 Independent Mover of the Year by the American Moving in Storage Association, one of the 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 services and unpacking services, and other related services. Gentle Giant offers storage facilities and dispatches crews from its 17 offices in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, DC and Washington State. For more information, please call (617) 661-3333 or visit http://www.gentlegiant.com/.