For as long as people have been moving, they have been seeking the perfect ways to pack. There are many different kinds of moving tote available, encompassing a range of materials, and for most movers cardboard is fairly standard. It’s not difficult to understand why: Cardboard boxes are cheap, easy to obtain, and easy to work with; you can usually get a big pack of ‘em for free from a local liquor store, and they can be surprisingly durable.
Of course, they are also bad for the environment, as that cardboard ultimately becomes waste. That’s just one of the several reasons why, here at Cabro Logistical Solutions, we’ve bucked tradition and invested in a more refined and environmentally sound moving solution—plastic crates.
The Advantages of Using Plastic Crates
Eco-friendliness aside, there are a number of benefits that plastic crates can offer. Here are just a few of them:
- The construction of plastic crates is far sturdier than cardboard. Yes, cardboard is pretty resilient, but we all know that cardboard has its breaking point, and collapses over time. Not so with plastic, which offers heightened protection for your valuables—it’s not going to be so easily crushed, warped, etc.
- You don’t have to put plastic crates together. You don’t have to unfold them, and you don’t have to tape them shut. This cuts back on your moving prep time considerably when compared to the time it takes to assemble cardboard boxes.
- Plastic crates are also quite a bit more stackable, more nestable, than cardboard boxes, which makes it much easier for you to stack them in a neat and orderly way and to ensure that they stay in place while the moving truck is in motion.
- You can often get a dolly that is made specifically for plastic totes to fit, which means you can move a number of fully-loaded plastic crates with relative ease—again reducing the total time involved with your move.
- Compared to cardboard, plastic will also offer a higher degree of protection against moisture; should you be moving during heavy rain, you’ll much rather have your belongings encased in plastic then in cardboard.
To be fair, there may be occasional drawbacks to plastic; because they come in a more uniform size, there may be rare instances where you have an oddly-shaped item that doesn’t easily fit, but in these incidents custom packing solutions can always be sought.
Ultimately, the pros far outweigh the cons—and that includes both logistical as well as environmental factors. Plastic crates have not yet caught on among all movers, but at Cabro we really believe they’re the best method, and we happily furnish them for our clients. To learn more about planning your move with plastic crates, we invite you to contact our team today.