Cardboard isn’t just for packaging: Most creative reuses of cardboard

Cardboard is often used just for packaging products before they reach the end consumers and once the product is delivered, the cardboard is simply thrown in the trash bin. However, there are some who know the true value of this neglected packaging material and use it to make products and more that not many would really imagine. Here are some of the most creative reuses of recyclable cardboard, giving it a whole new life and a new meaning.

  • Cardboard firearm replicas:

The brainchild of eco artist Asif Farooq, the firearm replicas has been exhibited in a 400sqf retail space that is designed to simulate an authentic gun store. The pop-up installation featured more than 300 firearms handcrafted from recycled cardboard. The installation featured everything from retro revolvers to modern M16 assault rifles.

  • Cardboard furniture:

Recycled cardboard specialists A4A Design recently unveiled a striking new collection of cardboard furniture, intended for use in public spaces, the furniture units would look just as good in a modern green home. The furniture collection, dubbed Havearest, features armchair and two-seat sofas made using recycled and recyclable cardboard given shape using water-based glue.

  • Cardboard bicycle:

Created by an Israeli entrepreneur, Izhar Gafni, the waterproof cardboard bicycle has been making waves around the internet for quite a few months now. The bicycle, which has been designed as an affordable transportation solution for the developing countries, is made using sheets of corrugated cardboard and costs just $9 a pop. The bike can withstand moisture and is able to carry a rider weighing up to 140kg.

  • Cardboard Office:

Designed by French Studio Coudamy Design, Cellulose is an office created inside a 160sqm industrial space using cardboard. The office, with enough space and desks for 20 employees, was created in just five weeks using 4cm thick water resistant honeycomb cardboard. The affordable structure was mounted with a system of folding combined with glue and tape.

  • Cardboard Wheelchair:

Designed by the same person behind the innovative cardboard bicycle, the cardboard wheelchair too is made using recycled cardboard, plastic bottles and recycled car tires. The maintenance-free wheelchairs can be produced for just $10 each and can disabled people living in the developing and underdeveloped parts of a world a new hope.

  • Cardboard Boombox:

Made as an advertising gimmick for a Mini Cooper dealer in Zurich, Switzerland, the cardboard boombox is the brainchild of designer Bartek Elsner. The gigantic boombox is created using cardboard and all the electronics hidden from view inside the cardboard casing get powered by a car battery that is parked behind the boombox.

  • Cardboard Restaurant:

If you were impressed with the cardboard office that took just five weeks to cover an area of 160sqm with basic desks, you won’t believe the cardboard restaurant that is built in Taiwan. The restaurant, called the Carton King Restaurant, features furnishings, decorations and even plates and bowls made using recycled corrugated cardboard. Hungry visitor sit on cardboard chairs and the food is served on cardboard tables in cardboard plates and bowls. The innovative restaurant is the idea of Huang Fang-liang and has been serving visitors from 2007.

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