According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), almost 30 million tons of cardboard was generated from businesses in the U.S. in 2012. Of this amount, 91% was recycled that same year.
Paper Recycles reported that there was a drop in the amount of recycled corrugated cardboard in 2013, seeing only 88.5% recovered in the U.S. last year.
The EPA stated that corrugated cardboard is among the easiest material to recycle.
Steve Wintercroft of Wintercroft Masks has come up with a fun way to reuse cardboard. He has designed a collection of do it yourself, printable masks that are intended to be made at home from recycled cardboard, cards, empty cereal boxes or any other sturdy, reusable paper materials.
The templates come with instructions and are available for purchase and download in PDF form. Once printed, the paper can be cut out and scored. When the folds are made and matched up, the edges of the masks can be fastened together with tape.
They can be designed by coloring, painting or embellishing. The finished products look a bit strange and otherworldly, but definitely have an element of creative fun.
Wintercroft stated the dog mask is the fastest to assemble, taking an hour or so to complete. The complexity and complication level increases with the amount of folds that are necessary.
Once done with the masks, any decorations can be removed and then they can be recycled. The designer points out that since the templates are downloaded, printed and made at home, this also reduces waste by eliminating the manufacturing and shipping processes.
Also, crafting using recycled supplies is a great way to reinforce a reusing attitude and teach lessons to children about the importance of saving resources.
In comparison to store-bought versions, these homemade masks are budget friendly and make great costume ideas for Halloween, parties or just making the everyday more entertaining.
From the designer:
“They are a good fun, environmentally conscious alternative to shop bought masks and besides it’s very satisfying turning a waste 2D material in to a 3D mask that you can wear!”
All images are via Wintercroft Masks.
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