On the hunt for alternatives to the traditional cardboard boxes our movers offer, we recently took a trip to a recycling facility that specializes in moving supplies. The gentleman walked us around the corner to show us a few examples of the recycled boxes we could expect to get. My mind immediately flooded with images of these boxes past lives – oh the things they must have carried. Suddenly, my six year old turns to me and whispers, “Mom, um, if I’m moving my underwear to the new house, doesn’t that mean that OTHER people have moved their underwear in these boxes?” We quickly cleared out of there and headed home to do a bit more research.
Simply type in the keyword ‘movers’ on Craigslist and it will return hundreds of moving services, including recycled boxes. However, listed amongst the ‘Broke Dude’s’ moving services and buried deep below the styrofoam peanut ads, I found Rent-A-Green Box. With the prospect of sanitized boxes and a zero waste pack and move, I eagerly followed the link.
Finally a company that understands the needs of a green mover.
Rent-A Green Box, changing the way our world packs and moves.
“Rent-A-Green Box was founded by Spencer Brown our founder and chief tree hugger in Huntington Beach, California in 2005. Rent-A-Green Box is America’s first, comprehensive, Zero-Waste pack and move solution made from a variety of post consumer, industrial and recycled trash. We created the Zero-Waste Moving Box Rental industry, built and lead it.
We provide relocating consumers, small business and corporations with an authentic and genuine Earth-friendly packing and moving alternative that’s cheaper, faster and easier than using a new or used cardboard box to pack and move their property.
We convert massive amounts of post consumer and industrial trash to make really cool Earth-friendly packing and moving products that replace traditional and expensive supplies like new and used cardboard boxes, bubble wrap, Styrofoam packing peanuts and messy packing tape. The old ways of packing and moving with limited lifespan and single use disposable packing materials is bad for our ecology, environment and economy.
Our world famous and award winning product is called The Recopack which stands for [Recycled Ecological Packing Solution]. We rent Recopacks in 3 consumer friendly sizes to residents, small business and corporations for 2 week blocks and discount for extra weeks. After each use, Recopacks are inspected, de-labeled, cleaned and then hand sanitized.
Recopacks are crush and tear proof, water and dust resistant, delivered pre-assembled requiring no tape, can be secured with recycled Reco-Zipties preventing tampering and theft, have comfortable handles that allow the end user to stack, pack and move with ease.
Our system is remarkably simple. After determining how many Recopacks you’ll need for your upcoming move with our online Box Guru or by speaking with one of our Eco-agents; we’ll reserve your Recopacks and packing kit, take payment and then e-mail your order confirmation. Please double check the date and your 2 hour delivery time window. We’ll always call you a few days before your delivery date, as well as a few times on the day of your delivery to confirm our exact arrival time.
When we arrive, we’ll check out your place to make sure that you enough Recopacks and the right sizes for your specific move. If you need extra Recopack and packing materials, don’t worry, we always carry extra on our Delivery Trucks. After we deliver you order, our eco-agent will give you a demonstration on how to best pack, stack and move our Recopacks. After you move to your new place, when you’re all unpacked and restacked, just call us and we’ll come and pick them up from your garage. It’s just that simple… it’s moving made simple.”
Now, if we could only convince the moving trucks to use bio-diesel! Currently servicing every city in Orange and Los Angeles County. They’re quickly expanding, so check their website to see if they’ve got plans to service your area soon.
‘Bot Says: We’re planning on using them at the end of the month for our move. Check our social pages for story updates.
Editor, Robot Vegan. Jenna is a freelance writer and photojournalist specializing in the advocacy of healthy eating and green living. Jenna writes regularly for several media outlets and is the creator of Robot Vegan and Happy Little Vegans.