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Sturdy corrugated cardboard boxes have so much potential for reuse, repurposing, and recycling that it’s a shame to send them to the heap of lost opportunity known as the landfill.

As we approach Earth Day, it’s important to reflect on our environmental impact and find ways to be more sustainable. At Express, we’re committed to reducing waste and promoting eco-friendly solutions. 

Here are some of the best ways to use recycled moving boxes in your everyday life:

Easy Ways to Use Recycled Moving Boxes

Simply reusing boxes is a great way to practice sustainability. Not only can you repurpose them for various household needs, but you can also use them for future shipping. This reduces the demand for new packaging materials and minimizes environmental impact.

Another simple reuse solution involves a company called Give Back Box, through which you can reuse boxes to mail donations for free to your nearest Goodwill store. The thrift shop chain pays for the postage, and mailing labels are downloadable at Give Back Box.

If your garbage disposal company doesn’t have a program for recycling paper and cardboard, you may want to check out Recycler Finder, a free online tool that can help you locate a local recycling facility.

Fun & Practical Uses For Repurposed Cardboard Boxes

Corrugated boxes are promising mediums in the eyes of children, crafters, and gardeners. Here are some of the top fun and practical ways to use recycled moving boxes and repurposed cardboard boxes around the house. 


Coloring Books and Artistic Inspiration

Recycled moving boxes make perfect coloring books for kids. Sturdy enough to use without a hard surface, they make great backings for their cool designs and collages.

DIY Cardboard Box Castle:

With adult help, transform large boxes into imaginative play structures. Kids can turn them into playhouses, forts, or even spaceships, adding their creative touch with crayons or paint.

Practical Uses

Lasagna Gardening 

Corrugated cardboard works well as the base of a no-till, no-dig lasagna garden based on layers of biodegradable materials. The layers usually include compost, garden clippings, newsprint, and a thick layer of topsoil for planting.

Weed Barriers

Gardeners can also use cardboard underneath bark and wood chips to discourage weeds.

DIY Sawhorses

Make sturdy sawhorses from appliance boxes for heavy workpieces, which are easy to fold and store.

Dispenser Box

Organize plastic bags with repurposed cardboard boxes, perfect for grocery shopping or pet care.

Fire Starter Logs

Roll up soaked cardboard tightly and tie it with twine for eco-friendly fire starter logs, which are great for camping or backyard fires.

Practice Sustainability With Express Packaging

If you have a business in Florida, Georgia, or South Carolina, Express Packaging is a reliable source of various kinds of corrugated cardboard boxes, from small to large. Our design services include printing and creating corrugated box prototypes.

Express is located in Pembroke, GA, about 20 minutes outside Savannah, and serves Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida. As a green company, we recycle 98 percent of our box material waste. Call us today for more information about our products and to request a free estimate based on your needs.