Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle Cardboard Boxes
As smart2begreen points out, there are a lot of extra cardboard boxes floating around after the holidays.
According to the 5 R’s, the best thing is to try to reduce the number you purchased. I am assuming it is a little late for that idea this go around. However, in the future consider:
- Reusable boxes instead of ‘one-time-use’ gift boxes
- If moving is in your future, check out companies that supply reusable moving boxes like www.rentagreenbox.com or a similar service.
- Try to purchase things with less packaging.
However, since you already have boxes, reusing is the next best thing. For those who are extreemly talented (i.e. not me) you can make some really cool lamps or furniture from foldschool. If you can’t reuse your boxes, consider giving or selling them to someone who could. Put them up for reuse on-line at sites like craigslist or freecycle. Do you want someone to do the work for you? Check out U-Hauls free box trading message boards or see if your local U-Haul store collects them for reuse. U-Hauls and UPS usually will take packing peanuts as well.
If your boxes are too damaged for reuse, recycle them. For each bale recycled:
-17 trees will not be cut down
-7,000 gallons of water will not be used
-380 gallons of oil will not be used
-the energy saved is enough to heat your home for 6 months!
But what if your cardboard can not be recycled because it has been contaminated with grease? Procede to the 4th R – Rot. For composting information, visit our website.
And as always, if you must buy new – complete the recycle cycle and buy products made from recycled content (preferably post-consumer). Do you have any creative ways to reduce or reuse cardboard boxes? Do share!