As the recycling campaign becomes popular, its results are quite evident. In the United Kingdom which alone accounts for 12.5 million tons of paper and cardboard usage annually, paper recycled is sufficient to save 34,700 trees. In the period 2005 to 2014, paper and cardboard were the primary packaging waste materials generated. This translates to over 34 million tons of the total packaging waste generated in 2014.
As much as many people have turned to recycling, some are yet to be convinced about its benefits. Perhaps this is due to concerns regarding the quality of recycled products. However, this obstacle has been surmounted as David Biddle argues in his Harvard Business Review article, Recycling for Profit: The New Green Business Frontier. As a matter of fact, there are many products made from recycled cardboard available for purchase. Here are five of them.
Some electronics manufacturers set out to make a bold statement with this product. Instead of a run-of-the-mill, this printer produces the material from which its exterior is made. Aside from aesthetic looks, its eco-friendly configuration is a huge plus.
Apparently building on a growing trend, using recycled cardboard for the exterior of electronics is quite eye-catching while keeping the environment safe for the next generation.
Eco Playing Cards
While most people may be familiar with the popular PVC cards, there is an eco-friendly version that serves the same purpose. It is made with starch-based laminates and printed using vegetable-based inks.
Recycled Ballpoint Pen
Paper easily comes to mind when mentioning recycled products, but pens have also made the cut. Companies producing recycled items now make recycled barrel ballpoint pens. Some have bio-degradable corn-resin tips.
Giraffe Desk Lamp
This lamp is made from recycled cardboard and makes a statement about a safe earth while highlighting the effects of earth resource depletion on animals.
The need to protect the dwindling resources of the planet is rising daily with increasing population and adverse industrial activities. Even though just one of the many waste products, cardboard recycling is going a long way in making a difference in protecting the earth.