Johnson City, TN, May 01, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- In northeast Tennessee, the rolling green hills and pristine lawns inspire a sense of closeness with the natural environment. The people here are proud of their surroundings: the serene valley creeks, the wooded hillside retreats, and well-planned, meticulously manicured estates, the picturesque lakes and the rolling fields indiscriminately arranged between all of these – the region’s beauty is unlike that seen anywhere in the country.
Natives of the region are kind to their surroundings. Litter is not commonplace. And an overgrown or unkempt lawn is frowned upon in many circles. Hence, it is only natural that many businesses in the region have begun to think green in a big way.
Universal Moving Systems is a residential packing service that was founded by Joe Casey, a mover of eight years and an expert in the relocation industry. Universal Moving Systems, or UMS for short, was founded on a philosophy of accountability and respect – both for its customers and for the environment. “I traveled a lot as a mover” says Joe, “and I saw a lot of rough terrain and shoddy neighborhoods along the way”. “Every time I pulled back into town though – I could appreciate the area’s beauty more and more. It made me want to contribute to it.”
Joe noticed along the way that the moving experience itself was fraught with waste. Case in point: moving boxes. Moving boxes are usually put to the curb, where they are more likely to be sent to the trash heap than to be recycled for future use. And when moving boxes are actually recycled there is a lot of time, money and energy that goes into the process. With these facts in mind Joe had an idea: offer to the customer access to Used moving boxes at a discounted price. This is Green because it employs the use of resources that are still perfectly useful. These boxes are not ready to be recycled or simply discarded – and won’t be until they are used over and over again. This re-usage approach means that there is a long delay before the boxes are eventually returned to the earth - or better yet – recycled.
Here’s how UMS works in a nut shell: packers come to a customer’s home and pack up all of contents of the home, the customer is then moved by another company of their choosing, the customer unpacks (or hires UMS to do this), then finally, UMS comes and retrieves the boxes and paper for another pack job elsewhere.
It’s a win-win-win situation: the customer gets a discounted service, UMS gets a more satisfied customer, and the environment gets Less refuse.
By Harold McManus