My environmental non-profit is installing new carpet, and for the past month we’ve been prepping for a “non-move.” We have been packing everything up in boxes and crates and moving bookcases and filing cabines from office to office to clear up space for the carpet installation. Though we aren’t going through a physical move and changing our office location, we are recycling HEAPS and HEAPS of old documents and files, and using a TON of boxes. Fortunately for us, we’ve been prepping for this “non-move” for a while and have been saving cardboard boxes up from office supply deliveries, borrowed tons of boxes from our office neighbors, and we haven’t needed to purchase any new cardboard boxes.
But what is a green girl to do when she has to move her home and needs sustainable packing supplies? Fortunately there resources out there to help you out: Repax, a moving company that uses recycled and reuseable packing supplies, will deliver their products to you, and when you are done, they will pick them up at your new location. Repax offers sturdy reuseable bins and dollies to pack your things in, and 100% recycled wrap (instead of bubble wrap or Styrofoam peanuts).
What if you aren’t moving at your office, but just want to reduce the amount of cardboard boxes your ofice uses? OfficeMax now offers reuseable cardboard “Boomerang” boxes, and OfficeMax tells us that, “Participating businesses will receive shipments from Officemax as usual, but instead of breaking down and recycling delivery boxes, they’ll hold onto them, and then OfficeMax will pick the boxes up at the next delivery and reuse them. Or, if the boxes are too worn out, they’ll get recycled.” OfficeMax tells us that this system of Reduce, REUSE, Recycle will reduce OfficeMax’s use of cardboard boxes by 80%. Canada’s own version of OfficeMax (Grand & Toy) also participate in the Boomerang Box program, so regardless of where you live, you will be able to reduce and reuse your cardboard boxes, whether at home or at the office.
Be sure to check out Redefining Eco next Thursday, where we discuss RECYCLING and all of our great tips and resources to help you reduce your carbon footprint!