Did you know producing 1 ton of cardboard uses about 17 trees, 79 gallons of oil, 7000 gallons of water, and 42,000 kilowatts of energy?
That’s a lot. And there’s a way you can help reduce the impact while saving you money. Boxes can add up in cost, quickly too.
In this post, I’ll give some ways to reduce your environmental footprint and ways you can money.
Visit Grocery Stores
Many stores just break down their boxes and sell them to paper mills to recycle them. I believe they get paid about $60 a ton for cardboard. That comes down to a whopping 2 to 3 cents a lbs.
Just talk to a manager and ask if they give away boxes. Odds are they’ll give you more than plenty. You’re going to want to see if you can get produce boxes. These types of boxes are really sturdy for shipping items. Regardless if the item is light or heavy, you want your box sturdy to keep your products nice and safe!
Talk To Any Local Banks or Offices
Offices and banks receive lots of packages too! Most of the time they’ll have boxes that hold reams of paper, which have lids. Those lid’s would be pretty useful!
Ask Your Local Recycling Center
Typically they’d be happy to give you free boxes. They get truckloads (literally,) of boxes due simply to people deciding to recycle them
Ask Your Friends And Family
If you have any relatives like mine, that buy stuff frequently on Amazon and get a lot of boxes, ask if they will give them to you. Also, neighbors that moved in around you would be a great idea!
Look on Craigslist
I frequently see under the free section on Craigslist that people are giving away free shipping supplies. This is an amazing resource!
- If you don’t see anything, post an ad! Usually, I get a lot of hits when I do!
The freecycle network (freecycle.org) connects people who give away stuff for free! This is another great resource!
Check the U-haul message board
While they prefer to sell their boxes, they set up an online messaging board for free boxes.
If you’re in any Facebook selling groups, just make a post in it saying that you are looking for shipping boxes!
The Post Office
If you can’t find any free boxes through the areas I have mentioned above, you can always request free boxes through the Post office online, or in person. The only drawback is you have to use priority mail.