Friday, March 6th, 2009
Have you moved to a new home or office lately? What did you do with the collection of cardboard boxes and other packing materials that were used during the move? If you’re like most people, you put them in the trash. Sometimes they get reused, but typically not more than once – and then on to the landfill.
Well, there is a company in Costa Mesa, California called Rent-A-Green Box that shows that it doesn’t have to be that way. Spencer Brown, founder and brain child behind the company, has re-invented the moving box — creating them from 100% recycled plastic trash, mined from local landfills. His invention is called The Recopack, which stands for “Recycled Ecological Packing Solution.” (You can watch several videos featuring Spencer and The Recopack.) The company delivers the plastic bins to you, then you pack them and move to your new location. Later, the company comes to your new location and picks the bins back up. The cost is based on a per bin/per day fee.
The company has introduced a whole line of moving storage products made from materials found in landfills and recycling centers, including HDPE (high density polyethylene; resin identification code #2) plastic bottles, plastic bottle caps, used baby diapers, cardboard sludge, newsprint sludge, cardboard food boxes and aluminum cans. So far, it looks like Rent-A-Green Box is serving a good deal of Southern California, but are actively seeking partners to expand their reach.
This is the kind of innovative thinking that we all need to focus on moving forward. Here is a company that has found a seemingly profitable way to not only re-use existing waste, but to eliminate additional waste generation.