Pieces of furniture are notoriously sedentary creatures, lured out of their homes only with promises of bubble wrap and trails of packing peanuts. Hire professional houseware herders with today's Groupon: for $99, you get $200 worth of moving services from EkoMovers. This Groupon is valid only within the 275 loop, and does not apply to out-of-state moves.
A 2011 Green Business Awards finalist, EkoMovers schleps all manner of personal effects using eco-friendly packing materials. On moving day, a licensed and insured two-man crew of courteous, uniformed load bearers ($95/hour) swaddle breakables in a biodegradable bubble-wrap alternative ($3 for 10 ft.), slide mattresses into sterilized reusable bags, and invite ear-horn collections and other belongings to loll about in the safety of cushion cubes, a packing-peanut substitute ($5/gal.). After corralling stray items into bright green reusable EkoBoxes ($1 each for a week-long rental), EkoMovers' pristine, frog-decorated truck spirits them away to their new home ($0.90/mile). To celebrate each successful relocation, the moving maestros sponsor the planting of a new sapling in the Brazilian rainforest.
It takes 17 trees and 7,000 gallons of water to create one ton of cardboard, a fact that motivates the professionals at EkoMovers to do their job with an eye toward eco-consciousness. In addition to using plastic moving crates and biodegradable wrap, EkoMovers plants a tree for every new customer, and even invites the client to help. It's this good-hearted environmental agenda that earned the company a nod from the Cincinnati Business Courier as a finalist for Green Business of 2011.
What started as a group of college guys helping out their friends has grown to become a successful moving company concerned with ecological wellness. In a flurry of elbow grease, fully licensed and insured crews of movers schlep clients’ boxes in and out of houses, collect possessions from storage facilities, or deliver bulk items to a donation center. If time remains after hauling away junk or felled tree branches from the lawn, clients can question the movers about their tactics for sterilizing reusable mattress bags or luring magic carpets into a truck with threats of another Disney sequel.