Moving Green with Movegreen

Moving companies are not exactly companies you think of every day nor do many of us even know any local moving companies. But, in the last few years movegreen has come on the local scene and there’s a reason they’ve quickly become the go to company for the Tri-Counties.

Movegreen puts their money where their mouth is and are truly Eco-friendly – they use biodeisel trucks, recycle their  boxes and materials, and take numerous measures to reduce the carbon footprint behind every move. It seems to me they’re pioneering the industry.

In the company’s infancy they made it a priority to get certified as a green business and can actually boast of being our County’s 3rd certified company. They  were green before it was cool.

Founders Patrick and Erik went to school together in Bend, Oregon. Patrick then moved to San Luis Obispo and owned a Pita Pit franchise. He later moved to Santa Barbara after purchasing the Pita Pit in Isla Vista and randomly bumped into his old friend Erik. Both ended up working for a local moving company to make some money and both  really enjoyed the work, particularly providing a more satisfying feeling than serving pitas all day. As time went on Patrick and Erik realized there was room for improvement in the move industry and felt it important to be more than just a moving company with good service; and thus the idea for Movegreen was born.

What strikes me most about this company is not only that the founders are young and passionate, but that they “get it”. They get the big picture and are more concerned with doing what’s right than doing what’s profitable. Fortunately, they’ve found a way to do both and there philosophy appears to be working  because I think they’re already expanding the company nationwide.

Last fall, movegreen delivered nearly 10,000 Axxess Books to local schools who were fund-raising with Axxess. They donated their time, their energy and their trucks to help us help the schools. It was extremely generous and I was extremely thankful that for the first time in 7 years I didn’t have to deliver boxes in my own car! (Thank guys.)

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243 Responses to “Moving Green with Movegreen”

  1. el_smurfo says:

    Seems like a gimmick to me. Most folks I know who use a moving company keep and reuse the boxes themselves. Using biodiesel does nothing for CO2 emissions and really just displaces other uses of this also very limited resource. I can’t imagine what else they could possibly do to “reduce the carbon footprint behind every move” unless they have their laborers stop exhaling. Nice that they moved a few books for you, but lots of companies, good or bad, do good things for society every day.

  2. Karim says:

    El Smurfo – not so sure it’s a “gimmick” but maybe you should check out their website to see what they’re doing. I’m not an expert on biodiesel and emissions so I can’t comment on that part of what you said.
    But here’s the deal – 1) they’re doing more than others and 2) I’m just passing along the story of how they got started. It’s interesting to me that two young guys have the guts to create a service that might fill a void in the marketplace.
    I’m happy to talk about any other Axxess companies that do good things, so if you’ve got someone in mind let me know.

  3. el_smurfo says:

    Sorry for being such a downer on your blog, but I am just tired of being hammered over the head with “green” on a daily basis (read: the world is broken and it’s your fault). Some businesses just don’t need to be “green” and I think moving is probably one of them.

    It’s great that they plant 10 trees for every move and buy carbon offsets (at least for the offset companies), but couldn’t the customers do the same if they really felt this was helpful? Must I feel like I’m somehow raping the earth in my every daily activity, from having my groceries bagged to even just from moving a few miles across town?

    I think Axxess is great, but it makes more sense in our current economic times, to focus on all the good products and employment opportunities Axxess is enabling vs just one more greenwashed marketing campaign.

  4. Karim says:

    I’ll definitely keep that in mind as I look to highlight other local businesses.

  5. It’s true that most people believe its easy to move yourself but are completely unaware of the challenges a move can really bring on until its too late. Let’s face it, Its not like your throwing a bag together and you’ll be on your way. You have prized possessions that your proud of and would be devastated if they where damaged in transport. These challenges are nothing new to a professional mover. Its just another day at the office! The benefits of hiring a professional mover will far out way the cost.

    Thanks and Regards

    The Moving Expert for PrudentialVanlines.com

    last minute moves

  6. Jace says:

    I recently moved from CA to NY with MoveGreen and Erik and Patrick were both excellent. They did the visual estimate and gave me a not-to-exceed price that was lower than some of “budget movers” (and cheaper than renting a Penske and shipping both cars), they fielded my 30 or so emails, always took my calls and were professional and courteous. After picking up my stuff it turned out I went over my weight limit by a few hundred pounds but I didn’t pay any extra! There were no hidden fees or any nonsense like “oh so we had to drive an extra .5 mile so we charged you for another $100″. Everything arrived in fantastic condition and I was very impressed with how well everything was packed.

    I would use them again if I ever have to move in the future and recommend them to anyone who would ask me.

  7. Karim says:

    Glad you had a good experience – Hope you got your Axxess discount!

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