One of the biggest issues for people who are moving is the obscene amount of boxes leftover when all is said and done. It can be a real pain getting rid of them after unpacking and typically, they just end up being broken down and thrown into the trash. If you are someone who cares for their environment and hates to see all those boxes go to waste, there are quite a few things that you can do to prevent them from going straight to the landfill. Try one (or a few) of these helpful tips instead and at the end of your move, you can rest a little easier at night.
You may not know this, but composting is actually a fairly easy process to start and lucky for those moving, one of the most common composting materials is cardboard. Check out some articles on the Internet and learn how to start a new compost bin or simply add to your already existing one. You may also want to find websites dedicated to tips and tricks on breaking down cardboard to be properly composted. The best thing about this process is that you get to see exactly how your boxes are being recycled instead of sending them off to a recycling plant and not really knowing.
Give Them Away to Reuse
There is also the option of reusing boxes for their original purpose: moving. If you are moving in the spring or summer months, it is likely you may personally know someone who is moving as well since this is the most popular time of year to do so. Extra expenses, such as packing supplies, are never fun to have to pay for on top of everything else during a move. Reduce the cost of a friend or family member’s move by offering up your moving boxes. A small gesture like this could not only go a long way for your friendship, but will also take those boxes off your hands! It’s a win-win.
Use as Storage Containers
One of the most convenient times to get organized is when you already have the tools to do so at your reach. Moving into a new home is a perfect time if you are looking to purge some items, donate others, and simply store some away in your new attic or garage. Use your moving boxes for storage instead of purchasing brand new, non-ecofriendly containers. Use what you have and you will feel better about using less plastic (such as the type of material that typical storage bins are made from) and of course, you will feel good about getting your possessions in order!
Use in a DIY or Play Project
Cardboard can be an extremely useful item for so many projects around the house, for your children, or even for your pets! Pinterest is a great place to start if you have children and a few empty boxes. There, you can explore how to create a princess castle, a robot Halloween costume, and even a playtime washing machine (if you want to get chore training started early). If you aren’t a parent, make a house for your favorite feline friend, or build a storage wall for your arts and crafts supplies. The possibilities are endless when it comes to cardboard boxes. They truly are one of the most versatile and useful tools for any project.
At Arpin Moving, Inc., we are happy to help you along in your moving journey in a professional and sustainable way. You can rest assured knowing that our packing supplies are required to be at least 30% post-consumer content. We also only purchase materials from suppliers who support sustainable forestry. If you would like any more information on your future move, our moving supplies, or our wide variety of services, visit www.arpinmove.com.