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Kerrisdale Spring Home Show 2012

April 26th, 2012

The Kerrisdale Spring Home Show 2012

Admission is free to the Kerrisdale Spring Home Show this April 27-29. The show will feature more than 150 exhibitors as well as home improvement seminars.

Come outand visit us we are at booth #38

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Kerrisdale Ice Arena – 5670 East Boulevard, Vancouver

Friday April 27th, 5-9PM

Saturday April 28th, 930AM-530PM

Sunday April 29th, 11AM-5PM

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Winners – 2011 Environment & Business Achievement Award

September 16th, 2011

It’s Your Move is honored to be chosen as the Winner of the 2011 Surrey Board of Trade – Environment and Business Achievement Award.

We are proud to be be one of the first companies of its kind in North America which has promoted the concept of ‘Boxless Moving’ and encouraged the development of like ventures across North America and aboard. Collectively we are changing consumer behaviour, reducing waste and promoting sustainability simply by changing how Canadian’s move.

We want to express our sincere appreciation to our customers for helping us reach this achievement.

Thank you,

Carrie
Dhensaw


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Moving into an Environmental Consciousness

February 11th, 2011

Editorial by Christina Erl Daniels, written in 2006 for the Grand Opening celebration of It’s Your Move. This editorial has been used in many different articles
over the years such as; Better Business Bureau: BizSmart News & BUSINESS Fraser
Valley.

Christina is the Founder and Director of Infinet Creative Group, a boutique marketing agency specializing in publishing and brand development. Christina Erl, is an Entrepreneur and Designer from Vancouver, BC.

The environment is on the tip of everyone’s tongue. Once again, how to live responsibly and in the most eco-friendly manner has become the topic du jour and the hottest new business trends are logically following suit. Putting your green money where your green mouth is has become a status symbol as much as it is now seen as the responsible choice to make and people are willing to pay extra to make their viewpoint well-known.

While frontrunners in the retail industry have become more environmentally conscious by using eco-friendly and organic fibers in their clothing and building materials, other small businesses have steadily followed in line by finding
ways to lighten the load consumerism places on the environment. In this vast array of demands that consumers have, some businesses seek to provide better and greener choices. From ethical stocks to biofuel, bamboo flooring to biodegradable coffee cups, cloths bags and shoes made from recycled plastic, alternative choices for the conscious consumer are abundantly available.

The marketplace is responding and even the process of relocating all that stuff when it comes time to move houses is a
market made green by companies like Itâ..s Your Move. A management service for you moving dilemma is not a brand new concept but doing it because it’s better for the Mother Earth is. Making the right choice has never been easier or more user-friendly, so the question now becomes: how can I team my own needs with the needs of mother earth? The task facing the business owner is how to make that appealing to the customer.

Business concepts are springing up every day to tap into this abundant and eager new marketplace. One such business was launched in November 2006. Itâ..s Your Move, a locally owned and operated small business, is a company run by a young and environmentally conscious couple eager to change how you move the contents of your house.

Capitalizing on a trend that has been popular outside North America for quite some time, Carrie Dhensaw and Eric Davis are changing how the Lower Mainland moves. Itâ..s Your Move rents out reusable crates for packing and moving all household items in a safe and affordable manner. This small Surrey-based business serves the Lower Mainland with a current inventory of approximately 4000 crates, totes, bins, wardrobes and dollies. In line with the company’s environmental philosophy, their inventory is manufactured in Canada and comprised of reusable and recyclable material.

The bins and crates are expensive to buy but cheap to rent. Boasting a repeat customer base of 75%, Dhensaw and Davis feel confident that their concept makes moving more efficient, affordable, environmentally friendly and organized. Since
there is no box-hunting, going on, assembly or even taping required, the use of crates to move saves an enormous amount of time and energy wasted in cardboard box management. The crates are uniform in size and stack well, saving space and making even the most disorganized among us seem like we had it all planned perfectly. But, perhaps what is most appealing to the conscious consumer is the lack of garbage at the end of your move.

Since the crates and bins are sturdier and safer for moving valuable items, the amount of packing material required is substantially decreased and dirty boxes that can’t be recycled donâ..t need to be thrown in the dump. Since it is estimated that an average one-third of landfills is burdened with paper and cardboard, this new thought in moving with crates brings great peace of mind to the ecologically minded. The sturdy plastic bins stack inside one another
and are picked up, cleaned and delivered to their next move.

Hiring someone to manage your move is not entirely new, but doing it for the environment as well as peace of mind is a whole new perspective on an ancient conundrum. The kind of ingenuity that Dhensaw and Davis exhibit with their
burgeoning business is what some might say is exactly what the spoiled North American consumer is looking for. Since no one wants to spend thousands of dollars on buying recycled plastic crates just to move houses once in a while, why not rent them and have the satisfaction of the convenience and the knowing that your ecological footprint has been somewhat diminished by another simple choice?

The crates, which are made from high grade, recycled plastic have an average lifespan of 10-12 years. Crates that become damaged and worn down over time are returned to the factory where they are ground down and made into new crates, reusable again for another 10-12 years. With an estimated 10-12,000 residential re-locations alone taking place in B.C. each and every month, the number of cardboard boxes and trees that could be spared by choosing this alternative method of relocation is exactly about what the green marketplace is most conscious.

It was the renowned David Suzuki who recently stated at an evening lecture Vernon, B.C. that â..the age of disposability must be disposed of: Disposability, Suzuki said, is an obscenity – The illusion that human beings can continue to take and throw away whatever they choose is quickly fading and with alternative choices in all avenues of life, consumers can find a way to once again be citizens.

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Greening ‘The White House’

February 1st, 2011
Vancouver Building Manager helps divert .41 tons of cardboard trash from the local landfill

A little over a year ago we had the pleasure of meeting Alan Richardson, the Manager of The White House located at 2033 Comox Street, Vancouver, BC. Alan Manages 90 suites at the building which range from a 410 sqft – 1 Jr Bedroom to 1600 sqft – 3 Bedroom apartments.

One day while Alan assisted us with delivering our moving crates to one of his tenants he expressed a real interest in our products and service. He mentioned how efficient and convenient everything was.
Alan has been in property management for more than 30 years and at the White House for the last 18 months. As such, he has seen the true cost of moving and the waste it generates every time someone moves in or out.
Like so many care takers and Managers, Alan is faced with the Hassles that moving creates. Every time someone moves there exists the possibility of damage to property, the elevators being tied up at the inconvenience of other tenants and all cardboard waste moving creates.

To avoid sending needless waste to the local landfill, The White House encourages their tenants to make use of the recycling facilities made available. As part of his responsibilities Alan takes the time and energy to place aside and gather up countless cardboard boxes and liaise with a recycling company to properly dispose of all of them.
Rosemary Chong, a Representative for Five Mile Holdings/The White House, indicated that the cardboard recycling disposal fees for this building alone was estimated at approximately $960.00 per year.
In the end it still takes time, labour and expense to properly dispose of cardboard waste. Here is what I mean:
Based on an average of 2 moves per month with a typical move requiring approximately 35 cardboard boxes = 70 cardboard boxes used per month x 12 Months = 840 boxes yearly. If each box weighs about 1.3 lbs this is equal to 1092 lbs or .49 metric ton of cardboard waste per year from this building alone.

On a positive note, sine 2006 It’s Your Move has serviced approximately 20 clients from the White House alone, many of which were referrals from Alan and White House Staff. Here is how their referrals have helped ‘green’ the building:

20 x clients, average being a 2 bedroom would have required about 35 boxes each or 700 boxes in total. If each box is 1.3 lbs x 700 boxes = 910 lbs or .41 tons of cardboard waste which has been avoided. .41 tons of used boxes he didn’t have to sort through and deal with or Five Mile Holdings having to pay for their proper disposal.

By simply referring us Alan, accompanied by his Assistant and Relief Managers at the White House continue to show how minor changes in our day to day lives can have a significant impact on our local environment, especially when it comes time to moving.
I would like to Thank Alan and his assistants as well as our clients at The White House for letting us change how they
move.

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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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