5 Unique Features of Plastic Storage Boxes

Plastic storage boxes are never the most exciting purchase you’ll make. Whether we want to store belongings, move things or simply archive paperwork, these handy boxes are a staple in most of our offices or homes.

To some it may just be a plastic box yet these containers have ingenious uses and unique qualities you may not know about…

1. Did you know not all storage boxes protect against sunlight

Personal items such as vinyl, paperwork, magazine collections and even clothing can be discoloured by the sun. The standard transparent boxes will allow you to easily view what’s inside the box, however they won’t protect the contents against sunlight.

For any items that may fade or become distorted opt for a solid colour storage box. These boxes are also ideal for expensive items you don’t want people to see.



2. Did you know plastic storage boxes can be affected by the temperature?  Hot and cold temperatures can affect us all, including plastic storage boxes!

If a box is stored outside of its recommended temperature range:

  • The box could become brittle when very cold
  • It could change shape and distort in hot temperatures
  • The colour may fade or go yellow on transparent boxes

If you plan to store your box in particularly hot or cold conditions, it is worth checking the working temperature of the box. Then you can pick a box that you know will last well, wherever you decide to store it.



3. Did you know that plastic boxes can be used to filter water?

Really Useful Boxes were used by charity Trade Aid to build a water filtration system in Tanzania.

The team drilled holes in the boxes and filled them with sand and stones to filter the water. Dirty water was poured into the top box and left to filter through to the bottom, where they used a tap to dispense the clean water. What inventive uses can you come up with?!



4. Did you know you can use plastic boxes to file your paperwork?

Filing is never an exciting task – it’s one that can easily be put off until you’re left with a mountain of paperwork.

If you don’t have space for filing cabinets, a space saving and affordable solution is to use a storage box which fits foolscap files. De-clutter your work space and then simply store the box under your desk or in a cupboard.



5. Did you know some storage boxes are stronger than others?

Really Useful Boxes are designed to be robust. Did you know they can take the weight of a person (or 4)?!

Their flat honeycomb base provides increased rigidity and the reinforced corners increase compression strength. These boxes are ideal for heavy duty tasks such as transporting tools, recycling glass waste and removals.

The extra strong boxes can even be used for parcel deliveries or airfreight.


*We don’t recommend you try this at home for safety reasons.

Please contact our friendly team if you have any questions on our storage boxes or browse the range here!


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  • Becky

  • Posted on 24 November 2015