Monthly Archives: April 2013

Recycling Project: Make A Cardboard Airplane!

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Although technology advancements may separate generations, family fun time is still family fun time. And what better way to create some family fun time than with a good old-fashioned cardboard airplane?

Cardboard Airplane by Custom Boxes Now

Cardboard airplanes are a perfect way to not only teach your kids about the physics of flying, but also about the importance of recycling. And once the project is complete, there’s no limit to kids’ imaginations when they’ve got an airplane in their hands.

Need some step-by-step instructions? eHow.com has some great articles:

How to Make Flying Planes Out of Cardboard:
http://www.ehow.com/how_4869619_make-flying-planes-out-cardboard.html

How to Make an Airplane From Cardboard:
http://www.ehow.com/how_6299419_make-airplane-cardboard.html

If you’re crafty enough, you can even use the printed logos as wing art for your airplanes.

Custom Boxes Now! can help get your boxes printed, sized, and shipped…the airplanes are up to you.

Recycling Project: Cardboard Planters & Flower Pots

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If your family is less interested in cardboard airplanes and more interested in outdoor gardening, don’t worry – you can still use those old cardboard boxes. Did you know cardboard boxes make excellent biodegradable planters & flower pots? Or did you know kraft paper that makes up cardboard is an excellent material for composting?

Other advantages to planting in cardboard prior to planting in the ground is that the boxes actually function as a weed barrier. Or, if you’re hoping to get some nice even areas to section your gardens, boxes will do just the trick.

There are a dozen gardening websites all around the web that can tell you the best ways to garden with cardboard boxes. A couple of our favorites are here:

How to Plant in a Cardboard Box (eHow.com):
http://www.ehow.com/how_7733504_plant-cardboard-box.html

Cardboard Gardening (Birds & Blooms):
http://www.birdsandblooms.com/Gardening/General/Cardboard-Gardening

Of course, before you use them as planters, you’ll want those boxes for your business purposes. Custom Boxes Now! can get you started with that.

Environmental Advantages of Cardboard Boxes

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Most people assume that because cardboard is a paper product that it automatically means that it’s environmentally unfriendly. On the contrary – most cardboard boxes these days are made from post-consumer recycled materials, and can be recycled again after use. Recycling processes have improved dramatically over the decades and are now much more much efficient than many people realize. Take a look, for example, at this video of how to recycle paper in your own home.

Environmentally Friendly Boxes

Additionally, cardboard boxes are generally easier to ship, since they are usually cuboids (rectangular prisms) and can stack neatly in trucks with little to no wasted space. Shipping packages by trucks is typically one of the harshest blows to the environment businesses make, contributing significant amounts of air pollution to the regions they operate in. Optimized shipping efficiency – i.e. fewer truck hauls – makes a big stride toward reducing air pollution. Cuboid-shaped boxes help improve the truck-loading process, which results in fewer separate deliveries from trucks, which reduces the pollution.

Even if a business doesn’t typically ship products far and wide, selling their products in the same place they make them, there are usually product containers involved. Ordering cardboard boxes over irregularly-shaped plastic containers can help reduce the shipping effort, since cardboard boxes can lie flat, allowing trucks to haul more items per shipment.

Furthermore, when not properly recycled, cardboard will biodegrade much, much faster than plastics or metals, easing the burden on landfills.

Environmental impact is a complex web of interconnected causes and effects. Despite what some people may say, cardboard boxes may be the most environmentally-friendly method of packing, shipping, and storing products. Custom Boxes Now! is dedicated to responsibility in all aspects of our business, and that includes our environmental impact.

We’ve written about recycling before; read more:

  • Corrugated Cardboard Shipping Boxes – We Choose Paper
  • The Recycled Content and Recyclability of Our Corrugated Shipping Boxes
  • And, as always, if you’re interested in custom boxes for your business, please do not hesitate to contact us!