The Hazards of Used Boxes

The Hazards of Used Boxes

Some years ago, people who were moving would often go looking for used boxes behind super markets and grocery stores. Nowadays, there are several companies who actually sell used boxes, especially online.
For example, one such company is
In their “moving kits” section, for example, they refer to other companies’ (including Box Brothers) prices for new boxes, in an attempt to convince people to purchase their lower-priced used boxes.

Many consumers are unaware of the hazards that come with moving your belongings in used moving boxes. Firstly, used boxes are NOT as safe and reliable as new moving boxes. They are far more likely to collapse, especially if they’ve suffered any physical damage, wear ‘n tear, or exposure to water/moisture in the past. Furthermore, pre-used boxes come with a host of other hazards, such as:

  1. Lack of cleanliness.
  2. Insects or insect eggs may reside within the boxes. Furthermore, damaging parasites or insects such as bed bugs, termites, lice, scabies, and others may have come in contact with the boxes. Even one bed bug could result in a total infestation of your new home.
  3. Rodent droppings could reside in the box, which may be extremely harmful to you and your families health.
  4. Lack of knowledge about what was previously in the box (i.e. Packing your toothbrush in a box that once held a floor mat, or hazardous chemicals and cleaning materials).
  5. The strength and durability of the box has been compromised.
  6. The box may contain odor from previous contents.

The average person who doesn’t move very often is likely to overlook these facts in the interest of saving a few cents. However, upon reviewing the (very real) hazards that come with using used boxes, it becomes apparent that the potential damage that could be caused would be expensive to repair. Imagine bringing a box to your new home that not long before held a comforter that contained bed bug eggs. A potential infestation in your new home would be disastrous and very difficult and expensive to remedy. Furthermore, the value of safety is priceless, and your safety and sanitation can be compromised by packing with used boxes. Imagine packing your toiletries in a box that once held household cleaners. What if those cleaners leaked in the box? That is, without a doubt, a potential safety hazard.

EXTRA TIP: Be sure to place your mattress in a box or mattress bag before moving! You never know what bugs and critters may reside in the moving truck and it’s moving blankets/pads!

Nevertheless, re-using boxes does go a long way as far as being “green” is concerned. The act of recycling, many believe, makes using used boxes worthwhile. HOWEVER, as far as environmental friendliness is concerned, there is NO difference between re-using a box, and using Box Brothers boxes. Although we can’t speak for other companies, all our moving boxes are made from 100% recycled materials. Therefore, our clients are using a new, clean, and strong box, while still doing their part for the environment.

Why use an old and hazardous box, when you could use a new box made of 100% recycled materials?
A new box made of post-consumer recycled products is: stronger, cleaner, more durable and reliable, and above all, environmentally friendly.

Think we’re kidding? Check out the clip below from the TV show “What About Brian?” 🙂

For more information, check out our Box Brothers Boxes page.

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