Traditional moving boxes are always a problem. It’s a pain to get them, they’re too expensive, and then, once you’re moved, you likely don’t have the storage to keep them … so you have to throw them out. Or you’ll go the free box route, scavenging empty boxes from supermarkets and liquor stores and worrying about all types of bugs they may contain.
But now there’s a better way: reusable plastic moving boxes. It’s a new business model, so it’s not available in all cities, but it’s growing quickly … and if it is available in your city, it’s a pretty neat idea: they’re cheaper than regular moving boxes and someone picks them up when you’re done. Plus, they’re more durable than regular cardboard boxes. Below is a list of some of the most established companies providing this service:
RentaGreenBox.com is available in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. It claims to be the first green moving business – and it has very reasonable prices. The company provides various sizes of plastic boxes, and even provides eco-friendly packing material. For example, if you are moving a one bedroom, you get 25 reusable plastic boxes of various sizes for 2 weeks for only $99, which includes free delivery and pick up of the boxes. There are two versions of packing material – the type that is sourced from landfill material and which the company will take back when you’re done, and the type that is biodegradable, and that can be spread on your garden and will then function as a fertilizer. Very neat company – and franchising opportunities are available, so it may expand to your area soon.
ZippGo serves the greater San Francisco area. They also use environmentally friendly packing material, they have three sizes of boxes, and their prices are comparable to RentaGreenBox.com, though they charge a delivery fee to get the boxes to you.
JuggleBox serves the New York City area and has competitive pricing – equipment for a one bedroom move is $129, it includes 35 plastic boxes and free delivery and pickup.
BungoBox serves various locations, including Orlando, Gainsville, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Tampa, Atlanta, Phoenix, Charlotte, Denver, and Halifax and Edmonton in Canada. They are expanding rapidly, so check back to see if they’re in your area. They charge per box per week at good rates, so you can personalize your moving experience. Or you can spring for a value pack. For example, a one bedroom package for one week is only $49.75. They also provide reusable wardrobe boxes (at $5 per week), which is a definite plus.
For our Canadian readers, there’s FrogBox based out of Vancouver, but available in many large Canadian cities. The company also has outposts in Seattle, Minneapolis, and Boise.
RentaCrate, which was started in 1991, has offices throughout the United States, though they are more focused on business moving than apartments – that said, if you’re having trouble finding a good option, they may be worth contacting, since they do have a homes service.
So, as you can see, the green moving paradigm is rapidly expanding – for your next move, you may want to check it out. Next week, I’ll cover what to do about boxes, if moving green isn’t an option in your area.