Cardboard is increasingly seen as a ‘greener’ more sustainable type of packaging. The Plastic Packaging Tax is due to come into force in April 2022 and demand is still high following the Covid-19 pandemic and the associated board shortages. Although these problems have stabilised to a degree, the cost of cardboard is likely to fluctuate over the next few months as more companies look for more sustainable packaging alternatives. This will cause considerable uncertainty to businesses who rely on cardboard to package their products. But there is an alternative that allows you to pack your products in Cardboard boxes without encountering any problems in supply.
Why choose used cardboard boxes?
The used cardboard box market has been largely unaffected by the shortages. You will save money and eliminate lead times when you opt for used boxes. Check out our Top 3 Reasons to pack in used cardboard boxes.
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 a single use item 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.
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3. Reuse Cardboard To Help The Environment
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:
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.
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.
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…
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.
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 their experience as a PR exercise to explain the environmental savings to their customers.
The e-commerce company decided to switch all their packaging to paper based solutions. This was more popular with their customers and could be easily recycled. Moving away from unnecessary plastic packaging also means the e-commerce company will not be required to pay the Plastic Packaging Tax which is due to come into force in April 2022.
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 cardboard boxes arrive plain and unbranded. They are a high value packaging option.
Shop our most popular New Surplus Cardboard Box.
When you pack your products in used cardboard 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.
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