With e-commerce sales increasing, having a healthy stash of cardboard packages laying around your house or apartment has become a way of life. Nearly everything you buy comes in a box and anything you ship through the delivery carriers will be in a box as well. That’s a whole lot of cardboard! Most people open their packages and discard the boxes, so we’ve thought up a few good ways to recycle that material:
Other Packages- The best way to reuse a package box is to send another package with it. All you need to do is save the box until you need it, but admittedly this might create clutter (Keep reading for some more creative ways to reuse these boxes).
Pretend Box- Another great use for the empty box is to give it to a child. This timeless outlet provides hours of entertainment and encourages them to use their imagination. Not sure how it works? Check out this clip from Spongebob.
Pet Bed- Cut off the top parts of the box and put an old cushion inside for your dog to use it as a bed. Or, cut a hole in the box and allow your cat to explore. Add a cushion and it becomes a feline hide-away.
Organizers- Leftover boxes can be used for all sorts of organizational purpose: drawer organizers, closet organizers or even under the bed organizers.
Child’s fort- Another fun idea for kids is to use these boxes to create a fort. In the living room, or outside on the lawn, boxes are a wonderful blank canvas for kids to play with.
Recycling Containers- Get your recyclables under control by using these leftover boxes to organize paper, plastic and metals.
Memory Box- For smaller boxes, decorate with collage materials and fill it with your memories. Ticket stubs, sticky notes, favorite coins and other objects that remind you of all the fun you’ve experienced.
Knowing these several ways to reuse your packages should help to reduce the waste of cardboard at least a little bit. One person changing their habits can make a difference. If you use these ideas, not only will you help recycle cardboard, but you will make your pets, your kids, your friends and even yourself happier.