For those who are environmentally conscious, a move might bring added stress when considering how wasteful moving materials can be. Traditionally, cardboard boxes are utilized to pack up and move all your belongings from one home to another. But what do you do once you arrive at your new home? The cost of these boxes quickly adds up, and most people simply throw them away once they are unpacked. There may be a solution to this wasteful habit though. If you live in Orange or Los Angeles Counties in California, you may not have to purchase and waste cardboard boxes when moving. You can utilize Rent a Green Box instead.
Founded in 2005 by Spencer Brown, Rent a Green Box seeks to offer a zero-waste packing option when moving. His solution is the reusable Recopack boxes made from recycled plastic trash. The pre-assembled Recopacks come fully assembled and in three sizes to help with moves, big or small. Once they arrive at your home, you can immediately start packing. Each is fitted with a comfortable handle and can be easily stacked, making loading a breeze. Because they are durable plastic, there isn’t the risk of the boxes collapsing, which can happen with traditional cardboard boxes, preventing damage to your items. They are also water resistant, adding more protection to your items. Each Recopack is individually inspected, cleaned, and sanitized both before and after each move, so you know that your items will not only be safe, but also clean throughout your move. Rent a Green Box also offers other eco-friendly packing products to assist in your green move, including paper and dolly options.
Determining how many boxes and packing products you’ll need can be tricky. Rent a Green Box offers an online tool to help you determine how large your order will be. Additionally, you can speak to a representative, known as an Eco-Agent, who can offer help in determining the number of Recopacks you will require based on the size of your home and the number of items you have to move. Additionally, when the boxes are delivered to your home, each representative keeps some extra boxes on board in the event that you underestimated the number of Recopacks needed to get the job done.
The process is simple. You schedule to have the Recopacks delivered to your home. While you’ll get the boxes a few days before you want to start packing, it is suggested you give at least 1-2 weeks notice before you want to begin your packing process. Your Eco-Agent will help guide you through the process and keep you updated on the day of delivery. Your agent will give you a demonstration on how to best pack the boxes when they are delivered. You then can get to work packing and loading your items for your move. The Recopacks conveniently stack 4 or 5 high, which can help as you load up your moving truck or van. Once you get to your new home and unpack, you simply email or call to schedule a pickup of the Recopacks. Recopacks are rented for 2 weeks at a time. However, if you require more time, you can extend your rental at a discounted rate.
Anyone who has moved can tell you how expensive the process is. There will be the big expenses, like getting a truck and securing your rent or mortgage. However, the moving costs, including the material fees, quickly add up. Rent a Green Box believes its revolutionary Recopacks help to cut back on these costs. The boxes are rented and often can accommodate more items and weight than traditional cardboard boxes. In addition to needing fewer boxes, the added protection of the sturdy plastic can save on costs that can be incurred through damage to items. The fewer boxes, as well as the ease with which they stack, can lead to you needing a smaller moving truck or van. You can rest easy knowing that you will be making a sustainable moving decision, while also being able to save a little extra that you can put toward your new home.
So when it comes time to move, you might consider going green and waste free if you live in California. For those who are moving in an area not serviced by Rent a Green Box, you may be able to find ways to cut down on wasteful cardboard and other materials. Recycling cardboard boxes will help prevent waste and cut costs. If you have plastic bins, you can utilize those in your move instead of relying solely on the standard cardboard box. Additionally, if you can use household items as padding and other packaging, padding dishes with towels, wrapping pictures in sweaters, you can save on buying and wasting packing paper.