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Here's What to Do With All Those Empty Gift Boxes

Give Back Box helps send your unwanted stuff to Goodwill for free
By Linda Hervieux,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 24, 2016 3:19 PM CST
Here's What to do With All Those Empty Gift Boxes
Companies like Amazon are working with Give Back Box to send your stuff to charity in their used boxes.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

(Newser) – For the record number of Americans who will buy their holiday gifts online this year, here's an idea of how to dispose of all those cardboard boxes. Give Back Box has partnered up with companies to encourage you to refill them with clothes, housewares, or whatever else you'd like to donate to Goodwill (excluding electronics), and the program will pay to have the boxes shipped to the charity. The program isn't new, but it's getting attention this year since Amazon signed on, Consumerist reports.

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How does it work? Pack your box and then print a prepaid shipping label (either UPS or USPS) from the website. Drop off the box at the nearest post office or UPS shop or click the option on the site to have it picked up at your house. Your box will sent to the nearest participating Goodwill store. While you're asked to use the box of the "partner" (i.e. Amazon), they'll take any ol' box. There should be plenty out there. Online shopping has shattered records this holiday season, with $3.45 billion in sales on Cyber Monday alone, reports Fortune. (Amazon is testing a real live store.)

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