Planning to move or take on a storage project? Trying to determine whether it’s best to use cardboard boxes or plastic containers? We have the information you’re looking for. Here’s the short answer: The more times you plan to unpack, repack, and reuse the container, the more likely that you’ll get the best value from a plastic container.
Even companies that have a vested interest are usually more than willing to provide this basic piece of advice. Here’s what the plastic container manufacturer, Amatech, says on their site: “If you are going to be using the box multiple times, the plastic corrugate should be less than the paper. If it is a one time trip, the plastic will be more expensive. On average a [polypropylene box] is 4-10 times more expensive than a paper box (depending on style and square footage of material).”
Online Price Review
We wanted to do our own cost estimate for cardboard boxes vs. plastic containers. A huge variety of different manufacturers, material design, shapes and sizes, and shipping bundles means it’s impossible to make a definitive cost comparison. Nevertheless, by reviewing some of the price points out there, you can get the context you need to make an informed choice for cardboard boxes vs. plastic containers.
We looked at three different size containers from two major suppliers: Sterilite for plastic containers and Uboxes for cardboard boxes:
Other Things to Think About
Leaning toward a decision, but still want to learn more before making a final decision? You can find additional information on our dedicated resource pages for cardboard boxes and plastic containers.