The NEB Shipping Box Recycling Programme

Make your NEB box a happy box and return it home to extend its life!

You may have seen our happy boxes bringing your NEB products to you - we'd like to get our polystyrene shipping boxes back so we can reuse them. After a quick spruce-up the boxes are ready for another delivery to you which means less polystyrene being manufactured, and every box returned enables us to make a donation to the Woodland TrustOur customers send back around 20% of our boxes (Mar-Oct 2021). Thank you to everyone who helps with this effort!



Environmental stewardship is one of the founding principles of NEB. In 1976 NEB Inc. established the first shipping box recycling programme in the US and it remains in practice today on a global scale. We use sustainable shipping materials when we can, such as paper envelopes for ambient temperature shipping and our Eco-Boxes but sometimes we have to ship your order in a polystyrene box. In the UK we receive back around 20%* of our polystyrene shipping boxes from our customers. Of these, 96% are reused and 4% are recycled to make new materials for the building industry. This is great but we would like to do better. Please help us to reduce our use of polystyrene by using the Freepost label supplied with your delivery.

Please remove any ice packs to prevent water leakage. Our cold shipment ice packs are made from recyclable plastic and water or water-based gel. We encourage customers to re-use the ice packs but they are also 100% recyclable. The gel degrades in sunlight and is perfect for garden irrigation.

For every box that we receive back from you, this enables us to make a donation to the Woodland Trust.

NEB (UK) Ltd is a Corporate Member of the Woodland Trust.
the Woodland Trust is a UK charity dedicated to improving our environment by planting native trees and conserving ancient woodland.

Read more about NEB UK Sustainability Initiatives

* Data from Mar-Oct 2021.