It seems like we are constantly winding up with boxes in our household. Something gets purchased and shipped, and voila… another box that has me feeling guilty. (I won’t even begin to discuss the guilt of those boxes that arrive packed full of shipping peanuts and bubble wrap or are obnoxiously overpackaged.)
One of my best friends, Kev, recently moved from the west coast, and he and his partner, Will, spent a small fortune buying moving boxes, then labored over what to do with them afterward. Another friend’s husband nearly loses sleep over all of the boxes at his work that wind up in the trash on a daily basis.
But what if there is a better way? Well, there is. A relatively new site Boxcycle.com is working hard to help us find boxes we need and sell those we don’t. You can search for boxes in your area or list boxes that you are willing to part with, before they have to hit the recycle bin. And isn’t it the most environmental choice to reuse rather than recycle?
I absolutely love this idea. It’s the exact reason eBay, Craig’s List and Freecycle are so successful, but with a very environmental, targeted offering. You can actually buy and sell boxes, so yes, there is a cost involved, but isn’t that a win-win situation? You can buy them for much less than brand new, and you can sell them and earn a little money if you have some to get rid of. And the environmental impact?… well, it keeps them out of landfills and in that beloved “reuse” category.
It would be great if business owners and employees would get in on this action. Imagine NOT driving past a dozen dumpsters a day and seeing them overloaded with cardboard boxes! And if you’re moving and need boxes, do a search. If you just need boxes, do a search! If you have a bunch to sell, get them listed!
So send your unneeded boxes on an adventure. In the words of Dr. Seuss, “Oh, the places you’ll go!”