How can moving house help climate change on Earth Day?

22 Apr 2013

How can moving house help climate change on Earth Day?

Today, the 22nd April, 2013 is Earth Day. It is expected that over one billion people in 192 countries, from London to Babylon City, Seoul to Sao Paolo, New Delhi to New York, Rome to Cairo, will be taking action in their communities and helping raise awareness of The Face of Climate Change.

But how can you help the Earth when moving house?

Easy - use a reputable removals and storage company that operates a viable Environmental Policy.

Bishop's Move are not new to the "Green Way" of doing business, we have been actively working towards a greener business ethos for over 155 years. We have a dedicated Environmental Policy that is considered at every stage of our day-to-day operations as removers, warehousemen, shippers, packers, general hauliers, distributors, freight-forwarders, property owners and landlords.

Here are a few of the things that we do, as a removals company, to make your house move as green as possible:

Transport

  • Selecting vehicles on a life cycle cost basis that takes into account fuel efficiency, emissions, maintenance and repair costs. We are currently refurbishing some of our fleet to make them  more efficient.
  • Minimising empty running by better operations planning.

Fuel Efficiency

  • Operating a “full inflation” policy to ensure our fleet tyres are inflated to manufacturers’ guidelines.
  • Fitting wind deflectors to all of our removal vehicles.
  • Having a fleet replacement policy in line with London's Low Emission Zone requirements.

Staff

  • Involving staff in recycling schemes for office and warehouse waste.
  • Encouraging double sided printing for all internal printing and filing.
  • Training drivers in fuel efficient driving strategies.

Suppliers

  • Selecting suppliers and partners that have sound environmental policies.
  • Working with our suppliers to get the best environmental results for both parties.

Recycling Schemes

  • Encouraging clients to use furniture recycling schemes with partners such as Green Works and Green Standards.
  • Encouraging clients to use computer recycling schemes with partners such as Computer Aid International.

Carbon Balancing

  • We have worked with carbon consultants CLevel and they will be happy to offset the CO2 emissions of your move for as little as £1.90+VAT (£2.23). Just get in touch with them when you are moving and mention us.

There are lots of fun things to look out for today too - such as an "Eco-style" Earth Day Flash Mob (a variation of the popular song "Gagnam Style"), in Seoul, South Korea. In Argentina, volunteers from the Surfrider Foundations are cleaning up the local beaches, whilst Tortugas Fundacion Yepez is mobilizing volunteers in Veracruz, Mexico, to protect the habitat of sea turtles by cleaning up their local beaches and organizing a reforestation campaign. And in Copenhagen, Denmark—as well as in six other cities on five continents—the Danish Cultural Institute is organizing its annual CO 2 Green Drive Project in honor of Earth Day. Runners, walkers, bikers, and skaters are using their cities as canvasses to spell “CO 2“ with GPS devices.

Happy Earth Day everyone.