On April 22, 2018, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® will be taking part in Earth Day. The yearly event, which began in the 1970’s has become an international effort to shed light on ways that the world can be more environmentally friendly.
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has always had a focus on recycling and re-purposing items, but we wanted to highlight one of our locations who has made great efforts to be environmentally friendly.
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Markham & Pickering
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Markham & Pickering have created a partnership with Trillium Recycling to make sure that all of the packaged materials that they use are being properly recycled. They had this to say about their partnership:
At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Markham & Pickering we strive to keep our environment clean because we don’t just service the community but we are also members. Our recycling program helps us to stay true to our green goals. With our friends from Trillium Recycling who are also based out of Pickering, we are able to recycle all of our moving supplies used during a move. We are very proud to say that 100% of our cardboard, packing paper, stretch wrap, bubble wrap and mattress bags are recycled in an effort to reduce our footprint.
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Markham & Pickering team members will regularly perform recycling tasks around the office. Below are some photos of them flattening and recycling old boxes after a day of moving.
Step by Step on how to properly recycle a box
- Use a knife or scissors to cut any tape used to seal the top and/or bottom of the box
- Collapse the box
- Flatten the box down, so that it takes up as little space as possible
Why Recycle Cardboard?
Over half of the cardboard collected is used to make new cardboard boxes, and additional cardboard can be downcycled into paperboard (used for cereal boxes) or chipboard (used for shoeboxes).
Repurposing Moving Materials
Before a move, it’s a normal practice to accumulate boxes and moving materials. After the move is done though, what do you with all of the boxes and materials that are leftover? Often many of us will simply recycle them, but if you’re a crafty person we have a few fun projects that you can take on.
Every year parents are left trying to think of a creative but inexpensive ways to create a costume for their kids. There are many options that you can find in magazines, or on sites like Pinterest, but we’ve found that an easy go to is creating a costume out of leftover moving boxes. This is often due to the fact that it’s usually an easy project, boxes are cheap, and they provide you with a lot of working materials. Below are some of our favourite costumes that you can make out of moving boxes.
Other Halloween Ideas
Have you ever thought to yourself, “I can make that!”? You’re not alone. There are tons of DIY crafts out there that use cardboard boxes and leftover materials that you have lying around the house. In addition to lasting a long time, creating DIY projects are also a great opportunity for you and your family to bond over an activity. Below are some of our favourite crafts that we’ve made in the past.
DIY Valentine’s Crafts
DIY Christmas Decorations
Halloween Front Lawn
If you have any DIY crafting ideas that you’ve done with moving boxes or other items around the house please message us or comment on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.