Sunday, May 10, 2009

Free shipping boxes and bubble wrap

A great way to recycle and save money on shipping boxes and bubble wrap, is to work with local big box stores, distribution centers, or manufacturers. Stores usually get new merchandise weekly and not all them reuse or recycle boxes. Take time to visit your local stores and ask them for their unused boxes and wrap. Most are very willing to hand over the boxes because they know it is a great way to recycle unwanted cardboard.

Distribution centers are another great source for boxes. Sometimes they are not able to use all the boxes they have on hand and have to find a way to dispose of them. Unfortunately, most of the cardboard finds its way into the dumpster. I've seen palettes and palettes of new, unwanted boxes, just waiting to be dumped. Just by asking, I've been able to come across some great containers for shipping some of my larger items.

Manufacturers have been another great source for me. A local company not to far from where I live, polishes machine parts and is always getting new equipment and supplies. The shipments they receive are usually generously wrapped in bubble wrap. Once they remove what they want, they no longer have use for the wrap. So guess who gets it? Me.

So don't be shy, just ask. Ask your local businesses if they have cardboard boxes or bubble wrap they no longer want. You don't have to dumpster dive for these treasures and you might be able to plan a weekly or monthly pick-up time with the stores.

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