Day 199: Got Moving Boxes From Sidewalk

Day 199: Got Moving Boxes From Sidewalk

Since I am moving to LA, I’m going to need some boxes to pack my stuff.

There are plenty on the sidewalks of NYC. No need to buy them and utilize unnecessary resources.

The EPA says that each year the US uses about 85 million tons of paper and paperboard.

What was your simple green act for the day?

  • If the street is too much hassle or you are worried about bugs, consider as a source of used boxes. It helps you find boxes from others in your community, before they hit the sidewalk. I built this service specifically to make box reuse more viable.
  • Mike Lieberman
    Thanks for the link.
  • I also utilize used boxes when I move. But I wouldn't take them off the streets of NYC. Doing one tiny little thing that won't by itself save the planet (let's face it, Big Industry does more damage there than we do) isn't worth it if I catch some communicable disease because I didn't check to see if my boxes had passengers.

    There are infestations of both German cockroaches and bedbugs in New York City. I don't know if bedbugs infest boxes (though they infest used furniture), but roaches sure do. Heat is the best antidote for a bedbug infestation, and I'm not sure how you'd do that with cardboard boxes--probably they wouldn't fit in an oven. Borax supposedly works with roaches though, and I bet you already have some borax on hand. Just making note for next time, if you have to move again later.
  • Mike Lieberman
    Thanks for the info Dana. These are risks that I'm willing to take.
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