Whether it’s for storage, moving to a new location or helping a friend or relative move to a new home, securing quality boxes for the task is a must. In addition to finding good, sturdy boxes to meet your storage or moving needs, you also want to get them as inexpensively as you can without sacrificing quality. Below are three good reasons why you should consider used boxes instead of new ones.
1. Used boxes are less expensive than new ones. For example, you can buy used boxes for as much as 50 to 80 percent lower than you would pay for new boxes, and the quality is usually the same as you would get with new boxes. If you have the time, you can also scout around your town for free used boxes. Check out local office buildings in your area for any copier paper or storage boxes they no longer need. Also check out the local libraries or bookstores in your area to see if they have any book cardboard boxes they could spare. Other places that usually have lots of boxes are grocery stores, liquor stores, or just about retail store. Exercise the same due diligence in searching for free used boxes that you would with new boxes. Look for boxes that are extra sturdy, preferably double-walled; boxes with handles or pre-cut hand-holds; boxes with dividers; boxes that are sturdy enough to transport heavy items; and boxes with study lids to ensure they can be stacked without damaging their contents.
2. Using recycled/used boxes is an environmentally-friendly move. According to EcoBox, a Texas-based company that sells and buys used boxes, if every moving box used in the U.S. in one year was discarded, it would encompass 113,267 cubic feet of landfill. In addition, approximately 21,218,00 trees, 4,477,000 barrels of oil and 35,110,746,000 gallons of water would have been used to produce these boxes. Opting for used boxes can go along way toward doing your part to reduce landfill waste.
3. Used last just as long as new ones. You can pretty much keep used boxes for years as long as they are kept clean and in a dry place. When choosing used boxes, make sure they are clean inside as well as outside to keep your belongings from getting dirty. Another thing to look for are used with labels that can easily removed, reused or blackened out with a marker, as well as have enough space for new labels.
Don’t wait until the last minute to start collecting boxes, just in case your search for used boxes comes up empty and you have to buy new ones. As a matter of fact, determining how many you will need should be at the top of your to-do list. You will appreciate taking the extra time to shop around for new boxes at the best prices you can get should you be unable to get used ones. A large U-Haul moving box would cost you anywhere from $2.56 yo $3.50 per box, depending on the quantity. The more you need, the less you pay per box. Most places will need to know how many rooms of furniture or items you will need boxed in order to determine the exact number of boxes you will need. You should probably get a few extra boxes just in case. Better to have a couple extra boxes than to find yourself needing a couple more and you’ve run out.
Once you’re done with your move, or you find you have more used boxes on hand than you needed, you could give them to a friend or relative who could put them to good use. If your used are in good condition, you can offer to resell them to moving and storage vendors who buy back new and used boxes.
Recycled/used boxes can also be used for storing items in your home, garage or attic. They are also perfect for storing your important personal documents, clothes or tools. It’s much cheaper than spending money on a storage containers and shelving units. Used also can broken down and used for other purposes such as stuffing for shipping fragile items; a garage mat for covering oil spills or for messy garage projects (like working on a car); dirty shoe or boot mat; a makeshift dust pan; or drawer separators. They can also be made into a dollhouse for little girls, a race car/go-cart, a toy box, a box-sled, or pet bedding. The possibilities are endless.