Cardboard, like all paper products in general, is used in a surprising number of ways in everyday life. It is strong, readily available in all forms, light and easy to throw away, and easily recyclable. The next time you go to lump all your trash together, stop and think about how easy it is to make a difference, save a little money, and recycle these cardboard items- or just hang on to them and enjoy the wonder of cardboard.
1. Pizza Boxes
They open up like giant clams, and are greasy and cheesy inside; it is enough to make anybody nostalgic for college, where pizza is one of the main food groups. But those pizza boxes are good old-fashioned corrugated cardboard and are thus, reusable and recyclable.
2. Shoe Boxes
With the way they make shoes these days, you can’t go more than a year or two without buying a new pair. Shoe boxes are great for so many things, from dioramas for school, to a hiding place for those embarrassing high school love notes.
3. Cardboard Personality Cutouts
These act as the perfect oddball decorative item, especially for the grungy college apartment. They come in all shapes and sizes and can be placed almost anywhere. Just be sure to have a great story ready for when you’re asked about it.
4. Cereal Boxes
Cereal boxes are always coated in waxy characters and advertisements on the front, cartoons and puzzles on the back, and more often than not, a prize inside that you can fight your siblings for.
5. Milk Cartons
It used to come in a glass bottle, delivered by a man who was all dressed in white. Now if you’re buying less than a gallon, your milk (and even juice) most likely comes in a cardboard carton.
6. Sports Cards
Sure companies try to make them shiny to attract attention but underneath that all that wax, sports cards are printed on a thin kind of cardboard, similar to cereal boxes.
7. Display Boards
We all remember what it was like in high school, staying up late the night before a project was due, hastily gluing fun facts to a tri-fold display board, the majority of which are made of corrugated cardboard. With a little removable mounting tape, you can reuse that display board for years, through college and for business presentations.
8. Chinese Takeout Cartons
Another creative way that cardboard allows delicious food to reach our homes (see ‘pizza boxes’). Other than fortune cookies, Chinese food cartons are the most fun accompaniment to your dinner. It just wouldn’t feel the same if the food came in anything else.
9. Home Appliance Boxes
Home appliances are often packaged in larger cardboard boxes, offering a wider variety of uses the second time around. Even you’re online shopping goods will be delivered in a cardboard box. If you’re ever planning to move, these are good to hang on to when it comes to pack everything up.
10. Toilet Paper Tubes
Enabling citizens everywhere, everyday, to access and roll off their toilet paper with ease. Maybe you’ve never thought about it before, but could you imagine your bathroom without them? Can also be used for any number of arts and crafts projects and to distract your pet cats for hours on end.