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03. 05. 2007

Recycle the box into a laptop case


I was zipping through this month's Dwell magazine and came across a great laptop case design by Giles Miller from Farm. Recycling corrugated cardboard and carpet scraps has constructed the Cardcase. A clamshell laptop bag cut from reclaimed cardboard is a winner with the environmental crowd, and Giles says that he has been carrying his personal cardboard laptop case everyday with no more treatment than a waterproofing spray. These bags are only available as one off commissions currently, but I would love to see a company pick up the process to start offering easily recycled durable paper goods.

Low end "my first apartment" grade furniture is oftentimes built out of cheap wood (or bad plastic) and winds up straight in the dumpster after the first year. Paper is a renewable commodity and we could be forming sturdy chairs, tables, and other sundry household goods out of reclaimed pulp. I've always wondered why pieces modeled after Frank Gehry's Easy Edges haven't become mass produced, but it's nice to see designers helping to push the industry in a direction that it needs to travel.

Image culled from a piece at Fashion.PSFK.

Posted by Johnny    Category: eco
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Mary Beth:

Cardboard furniture is nothing new. My grandmother used to have a loveseat which looked like nothing more than a few very sturdy cardboard boxes with a cover over them. I remember it being very comfortable. I also know that cardboard can protect items within from getting wet. Where I work we had a leak over archival materials stored in untreated cardboard boxes. The boxes were soaked but, depending on the box, the paper inside was dry or mostly dry. I'd be interested in a do-it-yourself kit.

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