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18 October 2020By ellie Reuseabox

Why you should pack your products in used cardboard boxes

Cardboard box manufacturers usually produce new cardboard boxes using recycled board. So why choose used cardboard boxes when you can buy new ones?


1. Used cardboard boxes are strong and durable

Cardboard boxes are strong and durable, that’s what makes them so popular for shipping products. But their quality also means they are not a single use item and should not be treated as such. Most cardboard boxes are suitable for re-using, some particularly heavy duty ones can be used a number of times before they are ready to be recycled. All of our used boxes are thoroughly checked and sorted on arrival. Only the best are allowed to be re-sold to our customers. Any boxes that aren’t quite good enough are recycled locally.


2. Used boxes are significantly cheaper in price

When you choose to reuse, you cut out a lot of the expensive manufacturing process, which means you can save up to 50% compared to ordering from a manufacturer.


3. Zero lead times and flexible ordering

Unlike a manufacturer, we hold all of our used boxes in stock. We have long term supply contracts which means you can order as much or as little as you want and when you need more boxes, you can re-order the same once used cardboard boxes. We offer eco or next day delivery to suit you.


4. Reuse is significantly better for 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 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.


Each time cardboard boxes are reused instead of recycled:

–          Trees are saved

–           Energy is saved

–          Water is saved

–          CO2 emissions are reduced


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.


Our ref: AZ814

Used Heavy Duty Double Wall Packing Boxes

Size: 600mm x 395mm x 490mm

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Our ref: AZ543

Used Strong Double Wall Shipping Boxes

Size: 490mm x 380mm x 590mm

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Our ref: AZ828

Used Heavy Duty Double Wall Shipping Boxes

Size: 660mm x 460mm x 390mm

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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.


Still not sure? Check out how we helped this e-waste company improve their sustainability credentials by switching to used cardboard boxes:


The problem

The e-waste company was purchasing new cardboard pallet boxes. These were used to pack e-waste such as old computers, laptops or electrical products. The boxes would be loaded onto vehicles and transported to a recycling facility. The cardboard boxes were manufactured to order and sometimes split at the sides, particularly when bulky, irregular products were loaded into them.


The solution

Reuseabox assessed the e-waste company’s packing procedure and use. They advised using a once used, heavy duty triple wall pallet box, stitched for extra strength. The box also had a loading flap for ease of loading and unloading. Despite being once used, these boxes were very heavy duty, capable of holding up to 1000kg in weight. Heavy duty pallet boxes and octabins can be reused a number of times before they are ready to be recycled. The cost of having a box like this manufactured would have been very high and it would not have been an affordable option for the company. By opting for once used, the company could receive these boxes in a nearly new condition at a 50% discount.


The outcome

The e-waste company was pleased with the quality and strength of the once used pallet box. They were impressed at the cost saving that was achieved. Most importantly, by choosing to pack their e-waste in once used boxes, the company significantly reduced the environmental impact of their packaging and demonstrated their commitment to working towards a more circular economy.


Our once used pallet boxes and octabins are perfect for engineering, farming, e-waste or the logistics industries. We have a wide range of once used and new surplus cardboard boxes. Our new boxes are sourced as factory overruns or misprints. Check out our website for more info:

Full Range of New & Used Cardboard Boxes

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