Columbia Sportswear and A Box Life

A Box Life is a Columbia Sportswear-sponsored initiative that encourages communal effort to reuse cardboard shipping boxes. The goal of A Box Life is to keep cardboard boxes in use longer, reduce shipping impacts and encourage people to personally reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Portland-based Columbia Sportswear offers customers the option of receiving their merchandise in a used box. The box arrives with a special A Box Life sticker that allows tracking the life of the box online or with a cell phone using a 2-dimensional bar code called a QR code and reader software.

Check out the A Box Life website for more information and a map showing box travels and the stories behind each box adventure.

Read the related Green Living Journal article online:
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References: Trendhunter|A Box Life


  1. This is a great idea, but most boxes end up at the consumers doorstep. I wish there was a way to put the boxes that I receive when I order something back into commercial use. The only option that I have (and I am grateful that I have this) is to flatten them to go to the recycler who chips them up and remanufactures them. It seems to me they could be reused a few times before they go to the recycler.

  2. Check the article in the Winter Issue of the Green Living Journal for details on how you can participate in the program:

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