The company that moved us finally came back and picked up their boxes! I just forgot to tell you about it!
We kept missing each other and due to Hurricane Irene, it put the driver back a few shipments, but he finally made it back down. The boxes sat patiently on our back porch waiting months for pick up. Imagine our thrill to see them go! And Mover Tom appeared happy to receive them. It saves his company money when he reuses boxes! It helps the environment, lowers everyone’s moving costs and boosts our zero waste plan.
Win, win, win, win!
The ideal would be to reuse the same boxes each time we moved. And we could, if we self-moved. But the military hires out contractors to swoop in and move us. Each company has their own rules– such as: they must use their own supplies–their own boxes, and tape and must pack each box. We aren’t allowed to pack anything or they have to repack it. So, unless we want to try a self-move which I’ve heard nothing but nightmare stories about….we’ll make sure the company gets their boxes back so at least they can reuse them. We reuse them, they reuse them. As long as someone is reusing them.
We leave the tape on the boxes. The tape reinforces the box strength. Mover Tom asked that we leave it on. I feel better knowing they are both reused. The packing paper is either reused or recycled, surprisingly, making the moves much less wasteful than I expected. I mean, there is nothing in my trash bin after the move. But when I sit down and think of all those trees used to make the paper and boxes…well…you know how that thought process turns out. But I’m shooting for positive thoughts today. So, I’m looking at the trash bin.
- The Zero Waste Challenge On: EcoSalon Shelter Editor K. Emily Bond Dives In (ecosalon.com)
- National Movers Month: Tips For Planning A Move Cross-Country (connectyourhome.com)
- 10 Ways to Green Your Move (rentersinsurance.com)
- These Shady Moving Scams Will Make You Wish You’d Stayed Put (businessinsider.com)