Free materials are available ! Most are already 100% postconsumer recycled paper!
If you have a Office, you can REUSE supplies or if you go online (register) or even pass a postal facility or a Kinko's you can get used labels, boxes, envelopes and more!
YES you can simply re-use old opened shipments or boxes again sent to you! Do you buy sell or ship alot? Ebayers? Open and REUSE those boxes INVERTED!
A few Shipping companies do NOT allow you to use a competitor boxes!
You can't use highs priced "Express" packages for snail, ground or 1st class
DO you "THINK GREEN"....? Use UPS boxes for USPS or use USPS supplies for FedEx/UPS
etc...just don't have the fine print...
Anyway then follow these steps....
Step 1: Waste Not Want Not....
They do not allow anothers carrier to reuse materials for NEW ground or parcel post so to RE-USE this packaging so we take old boxes and turn them ..."inside out"....
Thus they NOW get used or 're-used', work well and are FREE. So save a few $$ and donate it to your local recycling center.
The steps herein show the techniques details.
...start with ripping the main seams open along the length...
Step 2: Get Some Reuse Boxes & Packaging!
Many shippers use specific packages, letters & envelopes for express/priority shipping ONLY! However we use them ONCE then throw them away. Or we can't use them AT ALL for other carriers even more economical snail mail or "ground" shipping...WHY!
Express, Overnight and Early AM packaging is exprensive and much is not recycled or reused...REUSE! INVERT!
These steps will show how to get and where to use such materials.
They'll deliver! Pickup at their office or your work location!
Go to USPS.com
Visit any local post office, mailbox etc, package or UPS/FEDEX kiosk/drop box and grab pre-used boxes or any free materials. In an Office get some deliverepre-d "used" or free "office supplies"....Check out the "eBay specials" sometimes online with shippers.
Get these old, and re-used boxes and labels etc...now Turn them "inside out"
follow? Flip, tape and INVERT!
Step 3: Techniques !
Step 4: Tape & Secure
Stand-up and use old package/letters/bubble packs for fill and wrapping materials.
Now lower "Carbon footprint" & low cost Ground, Parcal post or Snail mail will accept our 'recycled' and 'reused' boxes and materials...even though were using 'premium' packaging!
so don't throw them away...scavange those boxes!
Save the world...ship a package...twice.