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Why rental crates outshine cardboard boxes as a more sustainable and efficient solution

When it's time to move house or relocate your business premises, choosing the right containers can make all the difference. While cardboard boxes have long been the standard choice, rental crates have emerged as the more sustainable and efficient option. If you’re thinking of box hire for moving and want to minimise stress, it’s time to also consider a move to crate hire.  

As the UK's leading supplier of moving crate hire for homes, schools, hospitals, retailers and more, phs Teacrate’s crate rental service offers expert solutions to satisfy all moving storage requirements. In this blog, we'll explore why rental crates take the lead over their cardboard counterparts, and how our crate rental packages, in particular, can be the perfect solution for house moves, school renovation moves, business premises relocations, and even supporting refurbishment projects in the interior design industry. Join us as we uncover the eco-friendly magic of rental crates and their diverse applications! 
Why rental crates are the top choice 

The environmental impact of cardboard production has become an increasing concern. Cardboard boxes – particularly large moving boxes – require cutting down trees and consume vast amounts of water and energy during manufacturing. Even recycled boxes require huge energy consumption to produce; and neither option provides more than a few uses at most – making them difficult to justify in today’s climate of environmental accountability.  

On the other hand, rental crates offer a more sustainable alternative. They are made from sturdy plastic, which can be easily recycled and reused. By opting for rental crates, you can actively reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to a greener planet. What’s more, rental crates are designed to be durable and long-lasting, making them a reliable investment for multiple uses. 

The versatility and durability of rental crates 
One of the key advantages of rental crates over cardboard boxes is their versatility. Whether you're moving to a new home, organising a retail store, or even handling school logistics of relocating classrooms, these crates have got you covered.  

When it comes to moving and storage, rental crates provide a hassle-free experience with their stackable design, secure lids and easy labelling, ensuring your belongings remain safe and intact during transit.  

Unlike carboard boxes, plastic crates come pre-assembled, minimising the effort involved in preparing your boxes for packing. There’s also no need for endless rolls of sticky tape or making sure to label all sides of your container – plastic crates are designed with simplicity and organisation in mind. 

Another advantage over traditional cardboard moving boxes is the durability of plastic crates. At phs Teacrate, our products are made of sturdy, high-quality materials that are resistant to impact… meaning you can have peace of mind that your valuable kitchenware, homeware or electricals will be transported from A to B without incident.

Various sizes for different items 

Rental crates come in an array of sizes, making them adaptable to all sorts of items and uses. From small trinkets to bulky possessions, soft furnishings to the contents of filing cabinets, there's a perfect-sized crate for each item. This ensures your belongings are snugly and safely packed, reducing the risk of damage during transit.  

Whether you are moving your home, school or business premises, having a packing solution that can ensure fragile items – such as electronic devices, glassware or artwork – as well as the bulkier contents of drawers and cupboards is vital. Plastic rental crates provide the ideal fit for each item, preventing shifting and potential breakage. What’s more, the stackable nature of these crates means that you can maximise the use of available space in moving vans or storage units. 

In a nutshell… 

When it comes to comparing cardboard boxes with plastic crates, there’s really no competition. High-quality plastic moving crates such as those supplied by phs Teacrate offer an array of important benefits that can’t be beaten: 

  • Eco friendly and sustainable 
  • Pre-assembled and stackable 
  • Sturdy and organised 
  • Different sizes for all uses


Without doubt plastic rental crates are the sustainable and efficient champions that outshine traditional cardboard boxes. Their eco-friendly design and durability make them a preferred choice for moving and storage solutions. Rental crates, with their diverse applications in house moves, the food and retail industries, schools, and supporting refurbishments in the interior design sector, bring practicality and simplicity to every venture.  

So, when the time comes to relocate or store your belongings, leave behind the hassle of cardboard boxes and embrace the magic of rental crates. Your possessions will be in safe hands while you contribute to a greener and more efficient world. Happy moving and organising! 

Let us help 

phs Teacrate are the leading service provider for crates, handling equipment and packaging products. Moving over 9 million crates every year and supporting industries such as removals and storage, food processing and distribution, retail and fit out companies, making us the market leading crate rental service provider across the UK. 

Check out our packaging options to find your ideal solution, or contact us to discuss how we could help! 

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