Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Recycle Reuse Boxes

Do you recycle or reuse boxes? Would you mind receiving purchased items in recycled boxes?

I've been doing this for years and have never had a complaint yet. The boxes I use to ship purchased items come from a local store called Family Dollar. Usually the great people that work there save me the boxes with a little or no advertisement on them. If there is advertisement on them I will turn the box inside out and re-glue the side so any advertisement is on the inside. I remove any existing tape and labels. After I'm done I have a recycled box. It saves the environment and our bottom which is the cost of boxes. I can't see passing on $1.99 up to $5.00 a piece to the customer when a recycled box is just as good. Now I can see if it was a higher end product I would surely eat the cost of a box but I usually sell low to mid range items.

Please leave comment or your thoughts on this issue.


  1. I too recycle boxes as much as I can. As long as the box is in good condition, still strong, I see no reason not to recycle them. I have some very large items and to purchase a new box for some can run $5.00-$8.00, so that is a cost I have to eat or pass on to the buyer. A good strong reused box is preferable to adding $8.00 already too high cost of shipping.
    I do as you, remove stickers, labels and if there is too much writing, reverse and re-glue the box. So far no complaints.
    I also add to the side "I recycle" to the box.

  2. Thats a good idea Cindy. I wonder if office supplies sells ink stamps that say "I Recycle" I should use that idea. I did however, post it in my shipping profile.

  3. I use them when ever possible, I would hate to have to buy boxes.