Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Update: Moving Boxes, Greener and Cheaper

man sitting in plastic moving box

A box is a terrible thing to waste. -- Benzera Boxes

You're getting ready to move - but going out and buying brand new moving boxes seems wasteful. Don't worry: You have lots of other options.

1. Advertise on your local Freecycle. Moving boxes are requested and offered all the time on mine. You could also try craigslist.

2. If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, consider Bay Area Box Express; the company sells "Precycled, too-good-for-the-recycle-bin boxes, at up to 50% off what most retail moving supply stores charge."

3. If you live in the Boston area, consider Benzera Boxes, which sells used professional moving boxes.

4. sells used moving boxes throughout most of the U.S.

5. U-Haul has created the U-Haul Box Exchange, "a messageboard that you can use to trade, sell or buy reusable boxes and moving supplies." [via Consumerist and Lifehacker]

6. Earth Friendly Moving lets you rent moving boxes! The boxes (called Recopacks, and pictured above) are made from recycled plastic rather than cardboard. Unfortunately, they are only in Southern California right now, but they have plans to go nationwide. [via Apartment Therapy]

7. If you're in Southern Nevada, you could try Moving Box Rentals - which also sells gently used boxes.

8. Eco Box in Texas also buys and sells used moving boxes.

These are all U.S.-only options (except for Freecycle and craigslist); if anyone knows about more options for recycled moving boxes outside of the USA, please send me e-mail or add a comment.

Original Post, November 2006: Moving Boxes, Greener and Cheaper


SUS said...

I got rid of my moving boxes by giving them to a cowoker (actually that's how I originally GOT most of those boxes). Many large companies have a "classifieds" bulletin board for such purposes.

Blue Yonder said...

Thanks for the resources. The reuse angle interests me, and I would never have found this stuff on my own.

Jeri Dansky said...

SUS, that's a good idea - thanks very much for sharing.

Blue Yonder, I'm glad you found this useful. I've learned about all sorts of stuff like this since I became an organizer - information MOST people wouldn't find on their own.

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