Here’s a great new idea that is really catching on in the US and will hopefully spread to other countries too.
It was started by a woman called Monika Wiela, who owns a shoe company. One day she saw a homeless man in the street holding up a sign that said, ‘I need shoes’. She returned later to give him a pair only to find him gone, but it gave her the idea to start including a shipping label in each shipment she sends to customers so that they can re-use the box to donate unwanted items in their home to charity.
She didn’t stop there, though. Over ten million boxes are shipped in the US every day, and many end up in landfill. She has persuaded many retailers to join the scheme, including Amazon, who ship four million boxes each day alone.
It has now been expanded so that any type of box can be used, including moving boxes and UPS or FedEx boxes. Basically, anything made of cardboard. Prepaid shipping labels can be downloaded from the givebackbox.com website. The service is free of charge and there is no limit to the quantity that can be sent. Donations are sent to the nearest Goodwill participating in the Give Back Box program, who commit to making sure the boxes get recycled.
This simple scheme makes it much easier for people to declutter their homes and get stuff they don’t need to people who can use it. Who says one person can’t make a huge difference in the world!
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