As the spring and summer months descend upon us, the real estate market starts to heat up. On average, one in five households moves their residence in the United States every year. And, with a low estimate of 25 boxes per move, Americans go through 2,750,000,000 moving boxes every year, and the impact on the environment these boxes can have is staggering.
If all the moving boxes used last year in the United States were thrown away, it would encompass 113,267,000 cubic feet of land fill, and we would have used 21,318,000 trees, 35,110,746,000 gallons of water and 4,477,000 barrels of oil to produce them.
Obviously, this needs to change. The wasting of our resources at a time when we should be conserving them seems absolutely senseless. On the other hand, it would be absurd to move the items out of our houses piece by piece, so it’s as if we’re at a bit of an impasse. We need to use boxes to move our belongings, and yet we need to take better care of our natural resources.
Finding an answer that provides environmentally sound alternatives to age-old practices is easier than you think. Last year, EcoBox saved 107, 178 boxes from entering Austin’s landfill simply by offering consumers the opportunity to buy reused boxes. Not only do these boxes save landfill space, by reusing them we save on the resources needed to create new boxes.
In addition, by buying used boxes from EcoBox, consumers save about 40 percent of the cost of buying new boxes. And, since we all know that moving can be an expensive process, these savings come at a very beneficial time.
Buying a reused box is really a win-win proposition. It saves money, our natural resources, and unnecessary waste from entering the landfill. So, as you prepare for your imminent move this summer, why not think about buying a reused box? Your wallet and the environment will thank you.