How To Effectively Reuse Boxes for Shipping

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by Tim Fulton on January 18, 2009

Every time I get a box in the mail I put it up on a shelf somewhere or in the back of a closet with the intention of using it again later when I need to ship something. Not only is reusing these boxes better for the environment, but you’ll save a few bucks and the trouble of finding something that fits. However, when the time to reuse those boxes comes up I always find myself fighting with the labels. Sometimes I am overzealous and only tear off a small strip, and other times the label is just impossible and I find myself picking at little bits trying to clean off the box.

Thankfully, Chica and Jo have come up with a good tip to cure those annoying shipping label blues. The trick is to score the area around the label lightly with some dull scissors in order to separate the area covered by the label from the rest of the box. Then you use your fingers or a razor blade (I’ve found it easier with a razor blade) to lift up one of the corners and slowly tear the label (and a thin layer of cardboard) off the box. Happy reusing!


1 David April 14, 2010 at 6:40 pm

THANK YOU. Works great.

2 sue gorman December 16, 2010 at 6:52 pm

can package with an ormd label be used to mail parcel post if it does not contain that product

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