U-Haul Offers Eco-Friendly Holiday Gift Boxes and Packing Solutions

Dec 14, 2012, 08:00 ET from U-Haul

PHOENIX, Dec. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Give the environment a gift this holiday season by purchasing sustainable products for wrapping and packing your holiday gifts. U-Haul holiday boxes come in red and green, with matching packing tape, all of which allow consumers to create unique gift packages that can go directly under the tree (or be shipped directly to the recipient), thereby eliminating the need for wrapping paper.

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U-Haul holiday boxes are made of up to 90 percent postconsumer content and meet UPS and FedEx shipping requirements, and come with a 100 percent nationwide buyback guarantee when returned unused with a receipt.

Don't forget to protect your precious gifts with U-Haul packing peanuts, which are made from potato starch and are 100 percent biodegradable; or you can use Enviro-Bubble wrap made from recycled polyethylene. Use U-Haul rental furniture pads, made from recycled denim, for larger gift items such as furniture, expensive paintings, artifacts, etc., that you may need to transport or move for the holiday season.  The furniture pads are durable, washable and can be used over and over again.

"All year round, U-Haul carries the widest selection of boxes with the best prices, including boxes to protect your holiday ornaments and store your Christmas tree for the next holiday season," stated Steve Dudley, program manager, U-Haul Boxes and Moving Supplies. "Today, U-Haul provides a complete line of moving and storage products designed to protect customers' possessions and the environment, all available from neighborhood U-Haul Centers or online at uhaul.com."

If you visit a U-Haul location, make sure to check out the Take a Box/Leave a Box display, which enables customers to return their reusable boxes and allow other customers to take them as needed - FREE.  You may get lucky and find some holiday boxes available for reuse - for FREE.

But most importantly, please remember this: After unwrapping presents this holiday season, instead of throwing your reusable boxes into the recycle bin, please drop them off at the nearest U-Haul location and allow another family to reuse the box, free of charge. You can also offer the boxes to others (or find some) by logging on to uhaul.com/boxexchange. After all, reuse always beats recycling.

To learn more about U-Haul sustainability practices, log on to uhaul.com/sustainability.

About U-Haul
U-Haul was founded by a Navy veteran who grew up during the Great Depression. Tires and gas were still rationed or in short supply during the late 1940s when U-Haul began serving U.S. customers. Today, that background is central to the U-Haul Sustainability Program: "Serving the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."  Our commitment to reduce, reuse and recycle includes fuel-efficient moving vans, neighborhood proximity, moving box reuse, moving pads made from discarded material and packing peanuts that are 100% biodegradable.  Learn more about these facts and others at uhaul.com/sustainability.

Since 1945, U-Haul has been the choice for the do-it-yourself mover. U-Haul customers' patronage has enabled the Company to maintain the largest rental fleet in the do-it-yourself moving industry which includes trucks, trailers and towing devices. U-Haul also offers storage throughout North America. The Company provides industry leading moving and storage boxes and an extended line of packing supplies to protect customer possessions. U-Haul is the consumer's number one choice as the largest installer of permanent trailer hitches in the automotive aftermarket. The Company supplies alternative-fuel for vehicles and backyard grills as one of the nation's largest retailers of propane.

Joanne Fried
Ashleigh Wagner
U-Haul Public Relations
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