The old adage that moving house and divorce are two of the most stressful experiences a human being can experience is certainly true. For anyone, who has been forced by circumstances to move house several times over a short space of time, will know that one of the greatest headaches are storage boxes.
Traditional archive or cardboard boxes are not made to last more than a couple of house moves. After that the average archive box begins to sag and its spirit to remain upright and stackable starts to deflate decidedly. Having spent a considerable amount of money on something that is essentially nothing more than a cardboard box and therefore more of a by-product of the paper industry, one is rather disappointed at seeing one’s purchase in such a sorry state after just a couple of house moves.
The other problem with the traditional cardboard boxes is that they have to be individually labelled and a packing list has to be inserted. After the second move, even if the boxes themselves have withstood the removal men’s best efforts to destroy them, the outside of cardboard boxes become distinctly confusing and unless one is super organised and re-packs all kitchen utensils back into a box labelled “kitchen”, one can be in for a nasty surprise on the evening of finally arriving at one’s new home.
Finding the wrong heavy boxes in the wrong room at the new home can be annoying, but finding that one’s kitchen cupboards are empty, because the box containing them is now safely stored in a storage facility at the other end of town, while the box with Aunty Muriel’s heirlooms is now residing in one’s new kitchen, is even more frustrating.
There is also the question over the individual box’s carbon footprint to be considered. For every tonne of cardboard produced it takes 17 trees, 4,100 kw hours of electricity consumption and 7000 gallons of water during the production process. After the cardboard is thrown away it takes up 2 yards out of every 3 for landfill. These shocking figures are enough to drive one to search online for re-usable plastic moving boxes. There are a number of storage box solutions available and today looking for green recyclable, reusable moving boxes is a lot easier than it once was.
The beauty of many of these new products is that they are not only stackable, they are also foldable after use. Space saving solutions like these can be stored away easily in a loft or basement for future use. Traditional archive boxes are not only less durable and environmentally harmful, they are also a nuisance to get rid off once the moving process is completed. They can usually not be returned to their flat packed state and even when they do, refolding them takes ages. Some green, reusable moving boxes can even be rented rather than bought, making the whole moving experience much more pleasant and economical from start to finish.