- Location: online only
- Website: usedcardboardboxes.com
While planning for our upcoming move, we tried to follow our own green moving tips and round up used cardboard boxes from friends, stores, work, Craigslist, and Freecycle. Unfortunately, we just couldn't find enough good boxes, yet we didn't want to buy brand new ones. So we turned to UsedCardboardBoxes.com.
UsedCardboardBoxes.com boasts that it's "North America's cheapest, easiest and most earth-friendly way to get boxes for packing, moving, shipping and storage." The company reclaims cardboard boxes from large companies, taking once used boxes, new factory misprints, overruns, and customer returns back to its regional distribution centers for inspection, sorting, and shipping.
Ordering and receiving our boxes was fast and relatively inexpensive – two important things when one is dealing with all the details of a move! Boxes may be selected by size/style or purchased in convenient "moving kits" ranging from studio/dorm room up to 10 bedrooms/offices. For example, a $76 One Bedroom Moving Kit comes with 34 boxes of varying sizes (medium, large, and extra large), as well as packing tape, a roll of packing paper, and a couple of permanent markers and box cutters. Shipping is free and we received our boxes via UPS in two days.
We were especially impressed with the quality of the boxes. UsedCardboardBoxes.com says it sends boxes through three quality inspections, and recycles any that don't pass muster. Of the boxes we received, some appeared previously used, while others appeared brand new, but in all cases they were sturdy and likely able to be used several more times after our own move (we plan to offer them to others on Craigslist).
From a green living standpoint, we weren't totally thrilled that we had to have boxes shipped from elsewhere, but in a pinch, we really appreciated the ease of being able to obtain used boxes online. Have you ever ordered from UsedCardboardBoxes.com? Share your experience in the comments!
(Images: Gregory Han, UsedCardboardBoxes.com)