By Nudge Sustainability Reporter Mirjana Uzelac Filipendin
When it comes to moving day, for every student it is a nightmare that never ends. That is the time when you wish you haven’t bought that big sofa or haven’t taken your grandpa’s wooden desk. In case you are wondering if there is an alternative to massive furniture here is the answer: cardboard! This material is light-weight, it can be made to be water resistant, very structurally strong and above all it is recyclable. It can be specifically tailored for the assembling phase so that you can save your time, money and you don’t need glue, bolts or any other tool. Just picture it: all of your necessary furniture that can be built in half an hour and all merged together and packed in a single box – it is a Jackpot called Room in a box!
The inventor of such furniture is a young Canadian company named Our Paper Life Inc. that has been developing cardboard and paper elements for quite some time. After four years of experimentation and product development the Authors were ready to launch the complete solution to furnishing a student housing by cardboard.
The box includes all necessary components of an average room. The single elements are: Chair, Desk, Recycling Bin, Bed (made from 8 x Stax with 4 x Connectors, without Mattress), Dresser (4 x Stax) and Box with wheels and handles for easier transport. This all-in-one-kit can be rolled around and carried by one person. Some components can be used as more storage, or re-arranged in infinite combinations. It takes only 30 minutes to completely furnish your space just by folding and slotting the pieces. When you are done with the furniture it can be taken down and packed back into the box or it can be recycled or reused entirely.
The elements are made of 75% recycled materials, with waterproof coating and multi-annual durability. Some components are modular so the user can have numerous options for the layout or the design of the furniture. The elements are produced in bright colors that make it a unique touch to a simple white space.
The initial idea behind this concept was to change the student living experience for millions worldwide by making affordable and easy to assemble furniture. The practice has shown that this recyclable room/furniture can be suited for any kind of temporary spaces (fairs, shows, daycares or even disaster relief centers). The creators are currently working on a new generation of the concept, improving efficiency of a shelf system and cost effectiveness of the entire project. They will re-lunch the Room in a box on kick starter site to raise funds for mass production.
When it comes to an ides the OPL Company always makes surprises. Soon we can expect a large size cardboard Earths’ globe, large decorative printed panels and oversized Christmas/holiday cards. All of those things are joyful, open-minded and above all environmentally friendly. This is the reason why you should consider the cardboard furniture as an interesting feature for your future ambient.