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The Metro Vancouver Zero ‘Cardboard’ Waste Challenge

January 29th, 2011

The Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Challenge is about reducing the waste we generate. From how we purchase to how we discard we all make daily decisions that impact how much garbage we send to the landfill. Whenever I’ve had the opportunity to attend the local waste transfer station or dump I’m reminded that these mountains of trash don’t just magically disappear. I feel better knowing that thanks to recycling programs and initiatives such as the Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Challenge that more than half (55%) of the 3.6 million tonnes of waste we create every year is kept out of the garbage.

The reality is that recycling programs of various types have been a part of our lives for decades. Recycling
programs – like the Blue Box – have existed in the region since as early as 1988. Of course recycling is good, but we all know that the best way to reduce waste is by not producing it in the first place.

Now let us talk about cardboard boxes. Cardboard boxes have never been the best solution to packing belongings anyway, but that’s another blog post.

 

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Cardboard moving box waste generated by Greater Vancouver

January 25th, 2011

Have you ever given any thought to the amount of cardboard waste that is produced simply by moving?

According the stats posted by the Greater Vancouver Real Estate Board â.. Statistic Archives; in 2010, 28,696 Residential Properties were sold in the Greater Vancouver area (Burnaby, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, New Westminster, Port Moody, Richmond, Squamish, Sunshine Coast, Vancouver, West Vancouver, Whistler and Pemberton). These figures reflect the home sales only and do not touch on rental property move in and move outs.

    • Detached – 12,251 homes were sold
    • Townhome - 5,257 homes were sold
    • Condominum – 13,087 homes were sold

In researching a few online moving box estimators (pods.com and boxshop.ca) we have estimated that the average weight of a cardboard box is 1.3lbs. The approximate amount of boxes needed to relocate the above homes is as follows:

    • Detached - 60 cardboard boxes of various sizes
    • Townhome – 40 cardboard boxes of various sizes
    • Condominium – 20 cardboard boxes of various sizes

Based on these figures, we estimate that the 2010 home sales in the Greater Vancouver area (Burnaby, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, New Westminster, Port Moody, Richmond, Squamish, Sunshine Coast, Vancouver, West Vancouver, Whistler and Pemberton) would have generated a need for the following amount of cardboard boxes:

    • Total Cardboard Boxes – 1,207,070
    • Total Weight (lbs) – 1,569,191
    • Total Weight (metric tons) – 711.77

Some of these boxes may have been passed on to friends or family and may have been put to use again, but eventually they would have made their way to our local Transfer Stations to be shipped off for recycling, incineration or dumped in
our local landfills.

Residents of Burnaby, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, New Westminster, Port Moody, Richmond, Squamish, Sunshine Coast, Vancouver, West Vancouver, Whistler and Pemberton can make a significant contribution to the Zero Waste Challenge by simply choosing a faster, easier, cleaner and cost effective alternative to the use of wasteful cardboard boxes for their next relcation projects. It’s called Boxless Moving and it’s not new, in fact it has been the norm in the UK and Australia for nearly 2 decades. It is however, a young concept in North America and there are at least half a dozen companies in the Lower Mainland such as, Itâ..s Your Move, that will deliver and pickup re-usable moving crates and supplies to your home or office. I’m not sure why this strategy hasn’t been included as one of the strategies in the Zero Waste Challenge, but it should.

Move box free and save a tree!

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Cardboard moving box waste generated by Surrey & White Rock

January 24th, 2011

Have you ever given any thought to the amount of cardboard waste that is produced simply by moving?

According the stats posted by the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board – Statistic Archives; in 2010, 7,838 Residential Properties were sold in the White Rock and Surrey area (Cloverdale, Fleetwood, Guildford, Newton, South Surrey & Whalley). These figures reflect the home sales only and do not touch on rental property move in and move outs.

    • Detached – 4,430 homes were sold
    • Townhome – 1,767 homes were sold
    • Condominum -1,641 homes were sold

In researching a few online moving box estimators (pods.com and boxshop.ca) we have estimated that the average weight of a cardboard box is 1.3lbs. The approximate amount of boxes needed to relocate the above homes is as follows:

    • Detached - 60 cardboard boxes of various sizes
    • Townhome – 40 cardboard boxes of various sizes
    • Condominium – 20 cardboard boxes of various sizes

Based on these figures, we estimate that the 2010 home sales in Surrey and White Rock area would have generated a need for the following amount of cardboard boxes:

    • Total Cardboard Boxes – 369,300
    • Total Weight (lbs) – 480,090
    • Total Weight (metric tons) - 217.76

Some of these boxes may have been passed on to friends or family and may have been put to use again, but eventually they would have made their way to our local Transfer Stations to be shipped off for recycling, incineration or dumped in our local landfills.

Residents of the White Rock and Surrey area (Cloverdale, Fleetwood, Guildford, Newton, South Surrey & Whalley) can make a significant contribution to the Zero Waste Challenge by simply choosing a faster, easier, cleaner and cost effective alternative to the use of wasteful cardboard boxes for their next relcation projects. It’s called Boxless Moving and it’s not new, in fact it has been the norm in the UK and Australia for nearly 2 decades. It is however, a young concept in North America and there are at least half a dozen companies in the Lower Mainland such as, It’s Your Move, that will deliver and pickup re-usable moving crates and supplies to your home or office.

I’m not sure why this strategy hasn’t been included as one of the strategies in the Zero Waste Challenge, but it should.

Move box free and save a tree!

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Cardboard moving box waste generated by North Delta

January 23rd, 2011

Have you ever given any thought to the amount of cardboard waste that is produced simply by moving?

According the stats posted by the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board – Statistic Archives; in 2010, 642 Residential Properties were sold in the North Delta area. These figures reflect the home sales only and do not touch on rental property move in and move outs.

    • Detached – 522 homes were sold
    • Townhome – 88 homes were sold
    • Condominum – 32 homes were sold

In researching a few online moving box estimators (pods.com and boxshop.ca) we have estimated that the average weight of a cardboard box is 1.3lbs. The approximate amount of boxes needed to relocate the above homes is as follows:

    • Detached - 60 cardboard boxes of various sizes
    • Townhome – 40 cardboard boxes of various sizes
    • Condominium – 20 cardboard boxes of various sizes

Based on these figures, we estimate that the North Delta home sales in 2010 would have generated a need for the  following amount of cardboard boxes:

    • Total Cardboard Boxes – 35,480
    • Total Weight (lbs) - 46,124
    • Total Weight (metric tons) – 20.92

Some of these boxes may have been passed on to friends or family and may have been put to use again, but eventually
they would have made their way to our local Transfer Stations to be shipped off for recycling, incineration or dumped in our local landfills. Residents of North Delta can make a significant contribution to the Zero Waste Challenge by simply choosing a faster, easier, cleaner and cost effective alternative to the use of wasteful cardboard boxes for their next relcation projects. It’s called Boxless Moving and it’s not new, in fact it has been the norm in the UK and Australia for nearly 2 decades. It is however, a young concept in North America and there are at least half a dozen companies in the Lower Mainland such as, It’s Your Move, that will deliver and pickup re-usable moving crates and supplies to your home or office.

I’m not sure why this strategy hasn’t been included as one of the strategies in the Zero Waste Challenge, but it should.

 

Move box free and save a tree!

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Cardboard moving box waste generated by Langley

January 22nd, 2011

Have you ever given any thought to the amount of cardboard waste that is produced simply by moving?

According the stats posted by the FraserValley Real Estate Board – Statistic Archives; in 2010, 2,031 Residential Properties were sold in the Langley area. These figures reflect the home sales only and do not touch on rental property move in and move outs.

    • Detached – 1,010 homes were sold
    • Townhome - 584 homes were sold
    • Condominum – 437 homes were sold

In researching a few online moving box estimators (pods.com and boxshop.ca) we have estimated that the average weight of a cardboard box is 1.3lbs. The approximate amount of boxes needed to relocate the above homes is as follows:

    • Detached - 60 cardboard boxes of various sizes
    • Townhome – 40 cardboard boxes of various sizes
    • Condominium – 20 cardboard boxes of various sizes

Based on these figures, we estimate that the Langley home sales in 2010 would have generated a need for the following amount of cardboard boxes:

 

  • Total Cardboard Boxes – 95,260
  • Total Weight (lbs) - 123,838
  • Total Weight (metric tons) – 56.17

Some of these boxes may have been passed on to friends or family and may have been put to use again, but eventually they would have made their way to our local Transfer Stations to be shipped off for recycling, incineration or dumped in our local landfills.

Residents of Langley can make a significant contribution to the Zero Waste Challenge by simply choosing a faster, easier, cleaner and cost effective alternative to the use of wasteful cardboard boxes for their next relcation projects.

It’s called Boxless Moving and it’s not new, in fact it has been the norm in the UK and Australia for nearly 2 decades. It is however, a young concept in North America and there are at least half a dozen companies in the Lower Mainland such as, It’s Your Move, that will deliver and pickup re-usable moving crates and supplies to your home or office.

I’m not sure why this strategy hasn’t been included as one of the strategies in the Zero Waste Challenge, but it should.

Move box free and save a tree!

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Cardboard moving box waste generated by Abbotsford & Mission

January 21st, 2011

Have you ever given any thought to the amount of cardboard waste that is produced simply by moving?

According the stats posted by the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board – Statistic Archives; in 2010, 2,571 Residential Properties were sold in the Abbotsford & Mission area. These figures reflect the home sales only and do not touch on rental property move in and move outs.

    • Detached – 1,518 homes were sold
    • Townhome – 431 homes were sold
    • Condominum - 622 homes were sold

In researching a few online moving box estimators (pods.com and boxshop.ca) we have estimated that the average weight of a cardboard box is 1.3lbs. The approximate amount of boxes needed to relocate the above homes is as
follows:

    • Detached  - 60 cardboard boxes of various sizes
    • Townhome – 40 cardboard boxes of various sizes
    • Condominium – 20 cardboard boxes of various sizes

Based on these figures, we estimate that the 2010 home sales in the Abbotsford & Mission area would have generated a need for the following amount of cardboard boxes:

  • Total Cardboard Boxes – 120,760
  • Total Weight (lbs) - 156,988
  • Total Weight (metric tons) – 71.20

Some of these boxes may have been passed on to friends or family and may have been put to use again, but eventually they would have made their way to our local Transfer Stations to be shipped off for recycling, incineration or dumped in our local landfills.

Residents of Abbotsford & Mission can make a significant contribution to the Zero Waste Challenge by simply choosing a faster, easier, cleaner and cost effective alternative to the use of wasteful cardboard boxes for their next relcation projects. It’s called Boxless Moving and it’s not new, in fact it has been the norm in the UK and Australia for nearly 2 decades. It is however, a young concept in North America and there are at least half a dozen companies in the Lower Mainland such as, It’s Your Move, that will deliver and pickup re-usable moving crates and supplies to your home or office.

I’m not sure why this strategy hasn’t been included as one of the strategies in the Zero Waste Challenge, but it should.

Move box free and save a tree!

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Eco-Holiday Greetings from IYM

December 20th, 2010

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Itâ..s been 4 years already with 2010 being our best year yet. We have had the pleasure of
assisting many of you as repeat clients as well as appreciated your many referrals.

Some 2010
highlights included the opening of our crate depot in Langley which provides folks the option to come
down and pick and choose their supplies (You would be surprised how many crates can fit in a
Prius).

Itâ..s Your Move was also nominated for the Surrey Board of Trade Environment
and Business Achievement Award as well as the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce Environmental
Leadership Award. More importantly, Carrie was also featured in the 3rd Edition of CRAVE
Vancouver.

 By choosing to move through our convenient eco-friendly alternative to cardboard
boxes you have helped divert approximately 28,000 boxes or the equivalent to 19 metric tons of
cardboard waste from local landfills.

 Thank You for using our service and help promote the
moving crate industry throughout the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley.

 We would like to wish
you and your family a wonderful holiday season and best wishes for 2011.

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Sincerely,

Carrie & Eric

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Know the rules before renting Cardboard Moving Boxes

November 28th, 2010

The key to a successful residential or commercial move is proper planning. You have a few options when it comes to how you are going to pack all your belongings, used box hunting, buying new moving boxes or renting cardboard moving boxes from moving companies.

1/ The traditional box hunt which involves hours spent scavenging for a hodgepodge of boxes from various stores. This is not as easy as it use to be, since most retailers send their cardboard boxes back for recycling.

2/ Out of frustration many people opt to buy new boxes from local packing supply stores often at mini-bar prices. Did you know that an average moving box can run you between $3.00 – $9.00.

3/ Renting cardbaord boxes from moving companies. Sounds too good to be true? Well it is! In researching this service with a number of Vancouver moving companies, here are some of the head scratching rules we found:

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YWiB – Beyond P!nk 2010

November 20th, 2010

Thank you to YWiB for inviting It’s Your Move – Say No To Boxes to the 3rd Annual Beyond P!nk
Conference
.

The organizers for the Beyond Pink 2010 stated the following This year’s conference promises to inspire, motivate, and empower each delegate to enrich their life by using the tools to Make your Brand, and Leave your Mark

They did indeed, and beyond!

 

 

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Male-Dominated Moving Industry Gets Shaken By CRAVE Vancouver

November 16th, 2010

Sofia Ribeiro is the founder of Kiwano Marketing, a sustainable marketing
agency dedicated to support small, ethical businesses. An experienced marketing professional and a green
enthusiast, Sofia has an extensive marketing background across both small businesses and large
enterprises throughout North America and Europe. Sofiaâ..s articles are regularly featured in leading
industry publications and sheâ..s writes a column for The Green Economy Post. Sofia was runner-up for
the New Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2009.”

Itâ..s not every day that a small business
makes the cut in Vancouver. And itâ..s even a rarer sight to see a women-led  local company stand out in a typical male-dominated
industry. Yet Carrie Dhensaw, founder of Itâ..s Your Move, makes it all â.. and gets recognized
in CRAVE Vancouver, with an individual section on CRAVEâ..s famous book.

CRAVE Vancouver
innovatively connects urban gals to the sassiest, gutsiest, most inspiring people they need to know in
Vancouver. Their modern marketplace of soirees, gatherings and online networking serves as an ambassador
to everything there is to CRAVE in our city â.. such as Itâ..s Your Moveâ..s eco-conscious
moving services.

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