What do you do when you are getting ready to move into a new place? Do you call up your local truck rental company to inquire how much its cardboard boxes cost, only to feel a surge of guilt because you know it just isn’t very green, but think it’s a necessary evil? Well, Rent-a-Green Box in Costa Mesa, CA, is the first company in America that is addressing this very issue — coming up with a greener way to move that doesn’t involve cardboard or any petroleum-based products. Rent-a-Green Box, serving private residences and businesses, calls itself the first zero-waste pack-and-move company in the country, and claims to save the consumer 50% on cost and 20 hours on time involved as compared to traditional moving methods. Not only are the products green, but they are also unique and fun to use. Here’s why: All of the packing and moving products are made from 100% recycled post-consumer end-of-life trash rescued from landfills, such as plastic bottles, aluminum cans, cardboard food packaging and newspaper sludge. Considering that 20% of Americans move each year, resulting in more trash in our landfills and wasted resources, this may be the beginning of a whole new industry and era for the green movement. The company’s products include some of the most ingenious ways to recycle what most people consider useless waste. For example, Rent-a-Green-Box mined hundreds of baby diapers (which will never break down) from the landfill and molded the material with black recycled plastic to create what the company calls a Poopy Pallet — instead of chopping down trees to make wooden ones. (Also, Rent-a-Green-Box alleges that the pallets do not stink!) Other exciting products include:
- The Recopack, which is a lidded, stackable crate made from 100% recycled plastic trash from landfills that is secured with a Reco zip made from recycled plastic bottle caps, nixing the need for cardboard boxes and packing tape.
- Expandos, the alternative to packing peanuts, are made from recycled cardboard food packaging and will hold your valuables in place. The company once sent a dozen eggs to a TV show across the country in New York City and they arrived in pristine condition!
- The Reco-Dolly is comprised of 100% recycled aluminum cans, and is easy to maneuver.