Saturday, July 27, 2013

Saturday Short Subjects: On the Move

In just a few days it will be moving time in the Have. Come August 1, leases will be up. Grads will move out and new students will start moving in. Permanent residents will once again realize just how many of their neighbors have merely been passing through.

All those books, sneakers, and odds and ends can’t simply be dumped in a truck. For those on a budget, it will soon be box hunting season. Those lucky enough to be heading to a job might decide to spring for new boxes, but these are pricey indeed and labor intensive to assemble.

There is, however, a better way.

Back in the winter months I spied a delivery truck imprinted with an interesting name – JuggleBox. The truck’s owner and I happened to be heading to New Haven Green Drinks, where I learned a bit about his company and promised a blog post. [Better late than never.]

JuggleBox is a NYC area startup that rents plastic boxes for moving. The company delivers the boxes to your old address. You keep them for two weeks. JuggleBox picks them up at your new address when you are through with them, and sanitizes the boxes before they are rented out again.

There is a price, of course, but it is lower than the cost of new boxes — according to JuggleBox, 50% less. Delivery is free. No assembly is required. True, you might be able to get boxes for free, but who knows where they have been? And think of all the time you’ll save by simply renting what you need, ready to use.

According to JuggleBoxAmericans could save 122 million trees, 441 million gallons of oil and 65 million cubic yards of landfill EACH YEAR if they used plastic instead of new cardboard boxes for their residential moves. 

That's a lot of trees!

The JuggleBox site is a great resource for moving tips. JuggleBox even offers suggestions on how to downsize [somewhat counterintuitive since that means less boxes required].

While JuggleBox serves only the CT/NYC area, my quick search turned up a similar company in the Bay Area — ZippGo.

If you find yourself on the move this fall, check out green moving boxes. See what satisfied customers have to say here

Green moving boxes are good for your budget and for the planet. What better way to get packin'? If I were going somewhere, it would be a no brainer.

Why Saturday Short Subjects? Some readers may recall  being dropped at the movie theater for the Saturday matinee — two action-packed feature films with a series of short subjects (cartoons or short movies, sometimes a serial cliffhanger) sandwiched in between. Often the short subjects were the most memorable, and enjoyable, part of the morning. That explains the name. The reason behind these particular posts is that we are all short on time. My Short Subject posts should not take me as long to write or you as long to read (or try).

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