How about an earth-friendly one at that? River City Cleaning will bike to your house! I’ve seen these folks in the Fan and their bike trailers look pretty sweet. They’ll have a booth at the Richmond Earth Day festival where you can check out their operation. Anyone have any experience with them, or with any […]
How about an earth-friendly one at that? River City Cleaning will bike to your house! I’ve seen these folks in the Fan and their bike trailers look pretty sweet. They’ll have a booth at the Richmond Earth Day festival where you can check out their operation.
Anyone have any experience with them, or with any cleaning services for that matter?
You can read the full press release after the jump.
BIKE RUN MAID BRIGADE MAKES EVERYDAY EARTH DAY IN RICHMOND!
Ultra Eco-friendly house cleaning service provides example of growing
increase in Earth friendly consumer options and growing local economy.
Riding bikes to help reduce their contributions to air pollution, and
making cleaning products with safe household ingredients such as
vinegar, Borax, and baking soda, River City Cleaning, LLC takes care
of local Richmonders and the Earth with style. Covering the Richmond
metro area, River City Cleaning, LLC will bike to their customers
bringing all of their supplies in bike trailers, and provide a
non-toxic house or office cleaning. Having only started serving
Richmond in July of 2008, River City Cleaning, LLC has grown in order
to accommodate customers in The Fan, Museum District, Carrytown, Byrd
Park, Northside, Lakeside, Forest Hill, Westover Hills, U of R, and
Church Hill. On Sunday April 25th they will be hosting a booth at the
Richmond Earth Day Festival to share how they made their bike trailers
and give away homemade cleaning tips and recipes.
A little mileage can go a long way. “Biking about 36 miles a day, we
are preventing more than 30 lbs of carbon dioxide from being released
into the atmosphere (1 gallon of gasoline releases about 20lbs of
carbon dioxide). If it takes one average sized tree 1 year to absorb
9lbs of CO2, each day we ride we are doing the work of what three
trees absorb in a year by preventing ourselves from burning fossil
fuels” says Jen Jackson the company’s founder. In other words, for
every 10 miles a person commutes by bike, they are accounting for 1
average sized tree’s annual carbon dioxide absorption. When you
consider that the majority of automobile trips are within only 5 or 6
miles of home, this is pretty exciting news.
“Biking around town is just as good for your body as it is for the
environment. If we weren’t traveling on bikes, the work we do
wouldn’t be nearly as exciting!” says Jen. RCC crews have been biking
consistently through the winter, only taking a seat behind the wheel
when inclement weather arrives. Being as committed to biking as they
are to cleaning, RCC crews did have to take a few days of driving
with all the snow that blanketed Richmond this winter.
“We prefer the DIYL approach…do it yourself locally”, says Jen.
Not only does she make some of her own cleaning supplies, the trailers
she and the River City Cleaning crews use are homemade too. One made
of metal conduit pipes, and another with bamboo, her goal was to
experiment with affordable and locally available resources. Using a
local, quick growing material such as bamboo and as many locally
salvaged materials as possible, their trailers cut down on energy that
otherwise would have been spent building a trailer from new materials.
A strong believer in the impact small businesses have in helping to
build a strong local economy, RCC owner Jen Jackson aspires to do as
much of her consumption from other local businesses- especially thrift
stores- as much as possible.
River City Cleaning, LLC will be hosting a booth at the Richmond
Earth Day Festival on April 25th. They will be ready to share how
they made their trailers, cleaning products, and answer any other
questions you may have about eco-friendly cleaning products, so make
sure to find them!
If you would like more information or to schedule an interview with
Jen, please contact her at
(804) 921 0243 or firstname.lastname@example.org.