recycled carton


The next time you feel like dining at a theme restaurant, consider booking a flight to Taichung City, Taiwan and visiting the Carton King. Located inside the Carton King Creativity Park, everything in this restaurant (except the food) is made of cardboard. That includes the walls, furnishings, tableware and decorations. Even the children’s high chairs are made of cardboard. And don’t worry if anything gets torn or soggy. When any part of the corrugated eatery is damaged, that part is simply recycled and replaced.

Carton King Creativity Park was created by Huang Fang-liang, the founder and general manager of Chin Tang Paperware, who started his company in order to “show the world what could be done with underrated materials like cardboard and paper.”

“They told me paper products were only good for printing, drawing and wiping up messes. I wanted to use paper in the same way as plastic or wood is used to create dimensional packaging, but to them it was pretty much a joke.”

It’s as much about innovation and resourcefulness as it is the value of recycling.

He explains the concept simply, saying: “It’s to say that after using something, you can use it again.”

And while you sit in a cardboard booth and dine using cardboard cups and bowls, be sure to check out the life-size cardboard giraffe and cardboard models of such famous structures as the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Eiffel Tower.

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[via Technabob and Oddity Central]

DIY Easy Paper Bowl Tutorial from Yuniko Studio. This is similar to making handmade paper but you are using a cardboard egg carton - so it’s much sturdier and can hold a shape. The blogger suggests using a hand held blender. I can tell you that I have burned out several designated blenders making paper, but I have never tried a hand held blender. What makes this a unique DIY is that a strainer or sieve drains the excess water from the egg carton pulp and also shapes it into a bowl shape. First seen at Belrossa.

Plastic is found in virtually everything these days. Your food and hygiene products are packaged in it. Your car, phone and computer are made from it. And you might even chew on it daily in the form of gum. While most plastics are touted as recyclable, the reality is that they’re “downcycled.” A plastic milk carton can never be recycled into another carton — it can be made into a lower-quality item like plastic lumber, which can’t be recycled.
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DIY crafts: PHONE CASE recycling milk carton

Made-to-Sell Tomato plants

“My friends and I grew over 400 tomato plants from seeds and sold them in recycled school lunch milk cartons we gathered from school, to raise money for 3 green causes. We had a blog, were on the news, my project even made it on an National Public Radio story. It was a lot of work but a lot of fun too.”

16 simple ways to reduce plastic waste

Plastic is found in virtually everything. Your food is packaged in it, phones are made from it, and you might even chew on it in the form of gum. While most plastics are touted as recyclable, the reality is that they’re “downcycled.” A plastic milk carton can never be recycled into another carton.

Of the 30 million tons of plastic waste generated in the U.S. in 2009, only 7 percent was recovered for recycling. This plastic waste ends up in landfills, beaches, rivers and oceans and contributes to such devastating problems as the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch.


Blok Wschodni/ Eastern Block | ZUPAGRAFIKA

“Blok Wschodni / Eastern Block" is a collection of paper models representing various modernist buildings in Warsaw, Poland. The series is made up of iconic examples of functional architecture (Rotunda PKO), some less classic buildings, however, familiar to the city dwellers (Za Żelazną Bramą, Smolna 8, Mokotów), as well as "Wielka Płyta” prefab bloks from the outskirts (Tarchomin). The whole set is eco-friendly as it is made from 100% recycled paper and carton. Each building is hand-drawn and  includes a short technical note on its architects, year of construction and exact location.