Which Boxes are Best for Moving: Cardboard or Plastic?

Three things are certain in life: death, taxes, and moving boxes.

It happens every time you have to move, whether it’s as simple as shifting your textbooks from one dorm to another or going cross-country in a rented truck: you’ve got to scramble to find, assemble and fill as many cardboard boxes as you can get your hands on, and then you’ve got to figure out what to do with the pile of mangled cardboard you’re left with when you’re finished unpacking.

But in the past decade or so, a new option has become increasingly available and popular: reusable plastic moving containers. Here at College Muscle Movers, we offer both traditional cardboard boxes for sale as well as plastic containers for rent, and you’ll find many of our competitors both here in Minneapolis and across the country are doing the same.

Why? The answer is pretty simple: Plastic is a better choice for many reasons. We’ll tell you five reasons why, and we’ll also suggest a few occasions where good old cardboard is still a smart choice.

 

Five Reasons Why Plastic Boxes Beat Cardboard

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1. Simple

No need to assemble these babies: plastic boxes come pre-constructed, ready for you to fill. No tape or folding required. This can save you hours of work for a large move.

2. Stackable

Reusable plastic boxes are designed to fit snugly together, making it easier to move large numbers of them and save space in your moving vehicles. This also aids in their structural integrity when stacked, which brings us to reason three…

3. Durable

Plastic moving boxes are much tougher than cardboard. That means they’ll have a safer trip through the streets to your new home or office, and even better, they won’t collapse while you carry them by hand.

This feature is especially important for large moves, especially of offices and businesses.

4. Rentable & Returnable

College Muscle Movers (and most other movers who offer plastic boxes) can deliver your order straight to your door and pick up the empty boxes afterwards. So there’s no need to hunt around town for somebody throwing old boxes away, and no need to flatten and store the cardboard after you use it. No need to fill your new home with old boxes.

5. Reusable

It may not mean much to your move, but the planet appreciates that these boxes can be used over and over again without being thrown away. That’s why they’re often called ‘eco-boxes.’

When to Use Cardboard Anyway

Now, if you’re skeptical, we’ll be honest, there are a couple of situations where cardboard might be the better solution:

1. Small Moves

If you’re just moving a bedroom or a few shelves from your dorm, then hunting down and assembling cardboard boxes will be a much smaller problem. Go ahead, Mother Earth can handle it if you end up recycling just a couple of boxes when you’re done.

2. No Budget

You might be surprised to find that renting plastic boxes is very similar in price to buying cardboard boxes—go ahead, do the math yourself! But it is true that you can scrounge up free cardboard boxes if you’re patient and if you ask nicely in the right stores. Just keep in mind that time is money, so don’t waste too much of it if you can afford a stronger and simpler solution.

 

Pretty simple, right? If you’re moving enough stuff, plastic is the way to go every time for security, convenience, and price.