TAG: Cardboard

Give Recycled Cardboard A New Look

Give Recycled Cardboard And Paper A New Look

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… read more

Pretentious Packaging

Pretentious Packaging

Food packaging is sometimes an evil necessity. It is certainly helpful in keeping food and beverage items safe while traveling and free from contaminants until purchased. However, cardboard and plastic packaging in particular are responsible for tons of waste each year. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported that in 2008 in the U.S. alone there were 1,170 thousand tons of bags and sacks generated, with only 440 thousand tons of this recovered in recycling efforts. Milk cartons accounted for 490 thousand tons of packaging waste, with none recaptured. The total production numbers from this year for paper and paperboard containers… read more

Revolutionary Cardboard Box Design

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The concept of shipping boxes hasn’t changed much over the last hundred years. We still poorly package items in over-wrapped cardboard boxes, and hope they aren’t harmed on route to their destination. Henry Wang and Chris Curro, engineering students at Cooper Union, have unveiled their idea for a next-gen cardboard box. Check it: The team still has a bunch of obstacles to overcome (as you can see on this Reddit thread), such as ensuring the boxes can’t accidentally open while sitting in a UPS truck, making sure that items inside don’t fall out of the box when it opens, etc…. read more

Cardboard Creations From Caporaso Studio

Cardboard Creations From Caporaso Studio

When thinking of recycled cardboard designs, basic or bland may come to mind, however one architectural design specialist has produced a line that is far from either. Giorgio Caporaso’s cardboard furniture called the Ecodesign collection has taken reuse of this everyday material to the next level, producing a range of functional furniture designs. These modern forms may seem to feature detailed carved accents from a distance, but a close up look actually reveals they are made from cardboard. An interest in sustainable architecture and energy resources led to the creation of the pieces. Caporaso says of his material choices: Using recycled… read more

Kids And Cardboard – The Perfect Design Match

Kids And Cardboard – The Perfect Design Match

It’s no secret that kids love cardboard boxes. Save up this useful material and check out the projects below for quality crafts that will keep kids interested. Foldschool turns plain cardboard boxes into useable kid sized stools, chairs and even rockers, as seen in their pictures below. Free downloadable projects with printable patterns and instructions let kids be in control and practice basic building concepts while making durable furniture. Designed by architect Nicola Stäubli, the cardboard furniture series offers children a practical exercise in fundamental craft skills through a real, non-condescending approach. According to Stäubli: Mass culture is run by superficiality… read more

Cardboard That’s A Cut Above The Rest

Cardboard That’s A Cut Above The Rest

Think cardboard has to look bland or isn’t sturdy enough to make a viable structure? Think again. Shigeru Ban is one architect that has taken cardboard to a new level. The ability to transform the material into amazing structures isn’t his only gift. He also uses his skillset to make cardboard emergency shelters for communities that need them most. Many of his designs have been built as temporary shelters to help sustain regions suffering through terrible natural disasters. His shelters have been put to work in Japan, Rwanda, Haiti and several other places. Cardboard is fairly inexpensive, especially in comparison… read more

Recycled Cardboard Houses a Whole Office

Nothing Agency’s Office is Built From Recycled Cardboard

The headquarters of advertising agency Nothing in Amsterdam have been created with a really tight budget and little time, but with plenty of creativity. The agency had an empty white box apartment in The Netherlands´capital but they needed to create a comfortable working environment inside that could reflect their cutting-edge philosophy to clients and visitors coming into their space. Product designer Joost Van Bleiswijk and design director Alrik Koudenburg were called to do the job, creating a unique sustainable space made from one single material: cardboard. Extremely versatile, recycled, readily available and super cheap, cardboard is easy to work with and can be… read more

Plamp! The Pop Up Cardboard Lamp

PLAMP! POP-UP CARDBOARD LAMP

We all know that cardboard is a great material to use for making sustainable products. It is easy to handle, can be found everywhere, it is extremely versatile, recycled, recyclable, light and very affordable. It can be cut with scissors, a craft knife and even laser-cut. And to stick it together, it simply needs a bit of non-toxic water-based glue. Chilean designer Paloma Agliati is well aware of the humble material’s properties and decided to only use cardboard for her latest design. Plamp! is a pop-up lamp made entirely from cardboard. Shaped like a flower when it’s open, Plamp! looks… read more

Cardboard – Reinvented

Cardboard – Reinvented

When thinking of sustainable materials that can be constructed into myriads of different items, things like bamboo may easily come to mind. However, cardboard is being used for some neat applications. It turns out that it is a fairly versatile option and can be artistically turned into some unexpected objects. Sustainably made furniture is important to eco-conscious designers and homeowners. However, cardboard may not be the first thing that pops up when considering functional furniture material. Ingenious designs by students from the University of Idaho make cardboard chairs that more resemble art-forms than cardboard boxes. The inventive products, which utilized… read more

Cat Condo

Play equipment for cats

In many areas of life we try to preserve space. This is sometimes easier for organizing or storing items, but can be hard for kids and pets. With cats, at least, there are the so called “cat trees” and “cat condos”, which provide areas for rest and observation, and take up little room in your house. As convenient as they are, many cat condos seem to be over-priced, which is odd considering most are made from cardboard. Using empty containers and other scrap materials, you can make your own, whether you make it short and comfy or a massive ceiling… read more