The Advantage of Renting Boxes for Your Move

Did you know that you can rent boxes for your move? You absolutely can.

Some places will sell you used cardboard boxes and will repurchases the boxes once you’re finished with them. This, however, has a limited upside and is a generous use of the word “rent” for renting boxes.

No, what I really mean is renting one of these.


This is the Green Box and it’s a new way to think about moving your things.

The Old Way: The current way we move large amounts of goods is with cardboard boxes. They come in all shapes and sizes and are relatively cheap on a per-box basis. But once you have to buy 75-100 boxes, the costs add up quick.

The New Way: The Green Box is a plastic stackable box with easy to carry handles. It’s inexpensive to use – about half the price of traditional cardboard boxes – and environmentally friendly since the boxes are made from recycled materials.

The process is simple: You rent the boxes, they drop them off at your location. Once you’ve completed your move, you call them and they come pick the boxes up. What could be easier?

Is there a catch? Unfortunately, there’s one big catch, especially if you’re in the Wilmington, NC area. As of this writing, the Green Box is only available in Los Angeles, CA and the surrounding areas.

A DIY Version?

There are a few things you can do if you’re looking cut down on the quantity of cardboard boxes that you need to buy for your move.

  • Plastic storage bins: Pick up a few bins for storage. Home Depot sells one that’s similar to the Green Box for $5.47/box.
  • Suitcases: Use your suitcases to transport heavy items like books. They tend to have rollers, which makes it easy to move and their strength can take the weight of those heavy items.