Can I reuse boxes for shipping?

Posted 26th November, 2019

In today’s society, helping the environment in every way we can is at the forefront of our minds. Recycling and reusing materials are something that we should all be doing, by way of habit. 

At Station Couriers, we feel passionate about doing our part for the environment. We want to educate everyone on how they can reuse materials for shipping their parcels and pallets. 

What are the benefits of reusing materials for shipping?

To send a parcel or package uses a lot of different materials such as cardboard, paper, polystyrene and bubble wrap. All of these materials can easily be reused by simply saving the materials that you have received within a parcel.

Reusing materials of any kind cuts down on the amount of waste, that ultimately would otherwise use up more space in landfill sites. As well as helping the environment, you will also save yourself money. Purchasing all of the materials needed to package your items safely and securely can add up – why waste your hard-earned money on things that you can reuse? 

What reused packaging materials can you use?

If you send and receive parcels or packages on a regular basis, you will be aware of the types of materials that are needed to keep your items safe and secure within a cardboard box. Polystyrene, bubble wrap and packing nuts are all made from plastic – something we should definitely be reusing to cut down on the amount of single-use plastics circulating the globe. These things are fairly easy to store in the home or office, ready to use when you need to send your own parcel or package. 

Find out more about eco-friendly packaging here.

Can you reuse cardboard boxes?

It is a common misconception that you have to use a brand new cardboard box for shipping items in. As long as the box is in a good, strong condition, it is absolutely fine to reuse a cardboard box. It is also acceptable if the box already has existing logos or branding on it. The only thing we ask is that any existing barcodes are well covered, as it may cause some confusion for our warehouse and delivery team.

If you have any questions or concerns about reusing materials and how you should present a package or parcel to be delivered, our highly experienced team will happily assist you. Station Couriers are a family-run fast-growing business, based in Newtown, Powys. We have many years of experience helping our customers ship both parcels and pallets of all shapes and sizes. Please contact us on 01686 621 190. 



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During these challenging times, and In a society where we are all too fast to complain when things are not as they should be, I believe in giving credit where credit is due.

I have recently received two deliveries from your company on behalf of Gravel Master U.K. and on both occasions by the same friendly and courteous driver (*Mark Lello*). Unfortunately I don't have his name, but it was his general manor, and the small gesture of putting the pallets in my garage, rather than leaving them kerbside that impressed me.

Please convey my sincere thanks to him.

Mark Crump