3 Reasons You Should Pack In Once Used Cardboard Boxes

12 March 2023By ellie Reuseabox

3 Reasons You Should Pack In Once Used Cardboard Boxes

Why choose used cardboard boxes?

The used cardboard box is growing in popularity amongst both small and larger businesses. More and more businesses are starting to see the benefits of packing their products in a once used box.

Check out our Top 3 Reasons to pack in used cardboard boxes.


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1. Cut Packaging Costs

When you Choose To Reuse, you cut out a lot of expensive manufacturing. But if you’re paying less, will this affect the quality of the boxes? Not at all. Cardboard boxes are strong and durable, that’s what makes them so popular for shipping products. Their high quality also means they are not single use items and should not be treated as such.

Most cardboard boxes are suitable for reuse. Some particularly heavy duty cardboard boxes can be reused a number of times before they are ready to be recycled. All our used boxes are thoroughly checked and sorted on arrival. Only the best are re-sold to our customers. Any boxes that are not quite good enough are recycled locally.


2. Get Zero Lead Times & Flexible Ordering

Unlike a manufacturer, a used box doesn’t need to be manufactured, meaning it can be held in stock ready for you to order. Reuseabox have long term supply contracts. This means you can order as and when you need the boxes. You can also re-order the same used cardboard boxes as many of our most popular lines are available on long term regular supply.

We offer Delivery to suit you.

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3. Reuse Cardboard Boxes To Reduce Your Environmental Impact

Whilst recycling is preferable to sending cardboard to landfill, it still has environmental consequences. The process of recycling cardboard requires vast amounts of water, energy and produces large volumes of CO2. Cardboard boxes cannot be re-made with 100% recycled board so new pulp must be added to the mixture, resulting in more trees being cut down.

In comparison, when you choose to reuse, you completely cut out this harmful process while reducing the global need for new cardboard boxes to be manufactured.

For every tonne of cardboard boxes that are reused instead of recycled:


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More and more companies are realising they must embrace more sustainable, circular business models if they are going to remain competitive. Andrew Morlet, CEO of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation defines a circular economy as one in which things are designed to be used for longer and kept in the system. It is restorative and regenerative by design and the very concept of waste is eliminated.

By choosing used boxes over new you are contributing towards a more circular economy.

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Popular lines of used cardboard boxes

Check out our most popular lines of heavy duty, used cardboard boxes. These boxes are perfect for shipping a range of products, from garden products, to car parts, textiles and toys. They’re also available on long term, regular supply. So you can re-order the same used box.

Used Printed Strong Single Wall Shipping Boxes

Ref: EXAZ74C
Size: 580mm x 380mm x 540mm

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EXAZ74C high quality shipping boxes

Used Strong Double Wall Shipping Boxes

Ref: AZ543
Size: 490mm x 380mm x 590mm

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Heavy Duty Used Shipping Boxes

Used Quality Single Wall Boxes

Ref: AZ1195
Size: 500mm x 350mm x 350mm

Browse Quality Used Single Wall Boxes

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Case Study:

E-commerce Company Chooses Once used cardboard boxes

Still not sure about switching to Used Packing Boxes? Check out how we helped this e-commerce company improve their sustainability credentials by switching to used cardboard boxes…

The Problem

An e-commerce company needed to find a packaging solution for sending out household products. They wanted to reduce their packaging costs but also required strong, heavy duty boxes that were capable of providing sufficient protection to products delivered via carrier. They also wanted to find more environmentally sustainable packaging and were interested in the concept of reusing cardboard boxes.

The Solution: once used cardboard boxes

Reuseabox assessed the products the e-commerce company were selling and recommended a heavy duty, once used packing box.

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The e-commerce company were pleased with the strength of the once used cardboard boxes. They were able to make a significant cost saving when compared to their previous packaging spend. They also used the experience as a PR exercise to explain the environmental savings to their customers.

Following the trial they decided to switch all their packaging to paper based solutions. This was more popular with their customers and could be easily recycled.

Sustainable alternatives to used boxes

Although we recommend once used cardboard boxes as the most eco-friendly choice of cardboard box, there is another sustainable alternative – new surplus and end of line boxes.

New surplus and end of line boxes are cardboard boxes which have been made for a line of products but are no longer needed. Reasons for this might be the products have been discontinued or they have had a size change. Boxes like this tend to enter the waste stream without even having one use which is extremely wasteful.

We rescue these cardboard boxes and resell them at a heavily discounted price. The majority of these boxes arrive plain and unbranded. They are a high value packaging option.

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When you pack your products in used boxes you save money, eliminate lead times and get packaging that’s better for the planet. With cardboard expected to be in high demand over the next few months, now is the time to start re-assessing your packaging supply chain and considering ways to limit any potential problems with your current supplier.

Contact Reuseabox today to find out more about switching to Second Hand Boxes.

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