December 22, 2022
It’s amazing what you can do with something as simple as packaging and a little imagination!
Discover an array of fun ways to repurpose cardboard boxes that you received from the bevy of products you’ve ordered.
Because when you reuse something, you can help reduce waste and pollution (and because it can be fun too)!
Could you imagine a garbage truck pulling up to the oceans every minute to unload its trash? This is, essentially, what happens.
Every year, 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans and the biggest culprits are packaging.1
When you repurpose your cardboard boxes, plastic bottles, or other used items, you help reduce the monstrous amount of waste that winds up in landfills, or, worse, in the ocean.
Not to mention, repurposing is also good for your wallet and your morale!
|Reduces waste production||Allows you to buy less||Creates unique pieces|
|Limits the need for raw materials||Reduces manufacturing costs||Helps develop new artistic or manual skills|
Even if these three actions are based on the same desire to protect the environment, they produce different results.
Recycling: It is done using materials. The objects are crushed so that their base components – plastic, paper, metal, and glass – can be used to create new consumer products. These new products are, often, of lower quality.
Example : Placing a plastic bottle in the recycling bin so it can be melted and used to create a new, but recycled, plastic object.
Repurposing : When you repurpose an object, you’re not throwing it away or recycling it. You keep it to give it a second wind, by using it for the same purpose or by finding a new use for it.
Example : Repurpose cardboard boxes you received by using them to store your seasonal clothes.
Upcycling : This does not involve the destruction of goods. It’s not about converting products back into materials but reshaping them to create something of better quality and functionality.3.
Example : Saving fabric scraps to create a new garment.
If you’re looking for ways to help protect the planet, repurpose cardboard boxes.
Here are some original ideas you can use if you need a starting point or a boost in creativity.
Empty cardboard boxes make excellent containers for storing different items such as craft supplies, office supplies, or even food.
Rearrange the spices in your pantry or the variety of cheeses in the fridge. You can also store seasonal items like winter hats, scarves, tennis rackets or ski boots.
Just in time for the holidays, create charming decorations by painting your cardboard boxes in Christmas colours and filling them with ornaments.
And while you’re at it, don’t stop there! You can also make unique birthday, Halloween, or everyday decorations with cardboard box panels.
Have you ever thought to repurpose cardboard boxes by turning them into plant trays?
Just decorate them, insert a plastic bag to avoid wetting the cardboard, and voila!
Teach your kids the importance of protecting the environment by organizing a DIY craft activity.
There are so many things you can create with the help of a simple cardboard box: blocks, puppets, board games, dollhouses, puzzles…even a maze can be built by cutting doors into the box panels! It’s guaranteed hours of fun!
Whether it’s for your own entertainment or for your kids, you can use large milk cartons to design bird feeders.
Spruce up the carton with bright colors and sticks for the birds to perch on, add a door, drop the seeds inside and watch the birds flock to your yard!
Finding creative ways to repurpose cardboard boxes or other packaging can be fun for everyone.
And for the times it won’t be possible, make sure you know how to properly recycle them!
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Written by Team ATTITUDE