Cardboard boxes are not the way to move anymore. This video spotlights an exceptionally forward thinking company called Earth Friendly Moving, serving Orange county and Los Angeles county in California. They offer a Rent-A-Green Box service. These are strong plastic boxes you rent, all made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. Owner Spencer Brown got the idea when he spent $800 on moving supplies, only to have to drive to the dump and trash them all after their one day of use.
His company also makes pallets to stack on, and a bubble wrap replacement out of waste materials. The trucks they drive are fueled by waste vegetable oil, which he says saves him half a million dollars a year.
Those styrofoam packing peanuts are not just a terrible choice because they float around and do not biodegrade: they break off into smaller bits and birds, fish and other animals eat them. They choke, become poisoned and die. This company has wonderful biodegradable solutions to replace them; small paper cubes made of recycled cereal boxes that people return when they are done, and another product that is fully compostable.
Yes we are moving on! See if you can support initiatives like this in your area when anyone you know needs to move from now on.