Give Back Boxes

Give Back Box

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 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!

Related links
Monika Wiela’s story
How Give Back Box works
Get your label now (US residents only)

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Karen Kingston is a leading expert in clutter clearing, space clearing, feng shui and healthy homes. Her two international bestselling books have combined sales of over three million copies in 26 languages and have established themselves as "must read" classics in their fields. Her best-known title, Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui, is now in its fourth edition. She is best known for her perspective-changing insights and practical solutions that enable more conscious navigation of 21st-century living.
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