Give Back Box: Recycle Clothing and Household Items for Others to Reuse
Turn that Amazon Box into a Give Back Box!
An Amazon box sitting at your front door is probably a common event, right? It’s definitely a common sight around here and I’m so excited to finally have a way to turn this box into an extended life for both the box and also for products in my home that can go on to do greater things.
But it’s not just Amazon boxes! I’m so excited to see so many other awesome brands and companies participating in this movement!
After Holiday Decluttering
With the holidays just ending, now might be the perfect time to turn all of those boxes in the recycling pile into a way to get clutter out of your house!
If you do any online shopping at all, it’s a brilliant way to use all of those boxes that are coming into you home to clean out the clutter and send your used products back out to different charities so that items can be used and/or recycled!
*Image Credit: Give Back Box
How Does Give Back Box Work?
You unpack the items that you ordered from participating Give Back Box brands. As you can see, there are so many (and many more than pictured in the images here, so make sure to check the complete list of participating Give Back Box brands)
Next you’ll want to obtain the FREE Give Back Box prepaid shipping label to get the box to the charity or cause of your choice. You’ll find options and suggestions on the Give Back Box site, but they do ask that you include at least 5 options and some will request seasonal products, gently used, etc. But the most important and exciting part is that there are so many ways to find purpose for items that might otherwise just be cluttering your home or end up in a landfill.
Choose Your Charity
I love that there are SO many different Give Back Box charities to choose from!
Founded by Monika Wiela in 2012, Give Back Box is such a wonderful solution of how to recycle both unused household goods and clothing and those boxes that tend to pile up for recycling. Such a win/win! Here’s a bit more about how this idea came to be:
Give Back Box® was founded in 2012 by Monika Wiela, who at the time was running an online shoe store. The idea was inspired by a homeless man she encountered in Chicago, who was holding up a sign saying he needed a pair of shoes. Wiela returned later that day with shoes for him, but he was gone. She spent that night thinking about what she could do with all the empty boxes in her warehouse and also help people like that man, and a new social enterprise was born. As Wiela researched further, she learned that, an estimated 11 million tons of clothing, footwear, towels, bedding, drapery, and other textiles end up in U.S. landfills every year. In addition, online shopping is now the preferred method for much of the buying public. Corrugated boxes are the dominant packaging method for e-commerce. With this knowledge, Wiela’s mission crystalized. If online retailers would use Give Back Box, shipping boxes and other items could be used a second time prior to being recycled. The impact would be remarkable.
Here’s a clip featuring Monika Wiela sharing her thoughts behind this company which will also give you a better idea of how and why this all works:
I absolutely love that she not only saw a problem, but saw a way to help. Give Back Box was born and it’s something that we can all participate in.
Here is a peek at just a few of the brands that are partnering with Give Back Box:
LEGO RECYCLING PROGRAM
And also exciting, learn more about the Give Back Box donation program LEGO Replay!! I know many mamas wonder what to do with those thousands and thousands of LEGOS and this is an awesome solution!!
For more information, make sure to visit the Give Back Box website.
The creative and frugal mind behind She Saved for almost 12 years now, Keri Lyn shares her adventures in parenting along with her love for family travel, country living and brand marketing. A self-proclaimed “brand loyalist”, Keri Lyn is known for her strong and enthusiastic voice when it comes to the products and brands that she loves. Passionate about family and the challenge of raising good humans (through the teen years, no less!) Keri Lyn has also served as a brand ambassador to many brands including her time as a Hilton Mom Voyage travel writer and currently an O Mag Insider for O, The Oprah Magazine and the 2019 recipient the O-verall Contribution O-ward.