used-cardboard-boxes-ceo.jpgBusinesses dispose of cardboard shipping boxes by the truckload and recycling isn’t always the best answer because the process of recycling cardboard requires a great deal of energy, the use of chemicals and leaves behind emissions that have their own negative effect on the environment. Cardboard containers make up nearly 14 percent of U.S. municipal solid waste, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, the largest single component of city landfills.

Now a company is helping save trees, energy, our environment and consumers’ money by reusing quality cardboard boxes and shipping them to households who need them for moving. (UCB) provides an earth-friendly moving solution to any residential address in the United States by collecting and selling quality used boxes from its ten distribution centers throughout North America.

For a total cost of $76.00, for instance, the company’s “Average Joe” moving kit features 18 medium boxes, 10 large boxes, 4 large boxes, plus tape, 100 sheets of packing paper, 2 permanent markers, and 2 box cutters. The company will ship the moving kit to your home or office and guarantees arrival in 1 to 2 business days.

Average Joe gets the satisfaction of knowing that no trees are cut down to make new boxes, and fewer greenhouse gases are produced in the process. The UCB website claims it has saved 15,164 trees since its debut in 2002, and that reusing its boxes resulted in a savings of over 6.2 million gallons of water and 2,676 cubic yards of landfill space.

CEO Marty Metro says a portion of his proceeds goes directly to, which has planted over two million trees in the L.A. area over the past thirty years.

This IT solution to the problem of discarded cardboard also gives businesses the opportunity to sell their used containers, allowing UCB to make significant impacts in the wallets of consumers and on the planet.


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