The Coolest Most Boring Thing Ever–Cardboard Boxes

There’s nothing more boring than a cardboard box right?

Wrong.

Boxes are silent protectors. Guarding your favorite items, escorting them and hiding them from evil mailmen, rain, the TSA, and wild cats. Not to mention today, they are saving the earth with an average of 27% recycled material. I’ve always had a fascination with the industry and real complexity that comes from what most consider ‘boring’ items. Boxes have made men millionaires, broken others, and contributed to the happiness of each and every one of us.

What we know as a ‘box’ is really what’s known as a chipboard or corrugated box— it has three layers. Two flat pieces and one wavy flute piece, for extra protection.

For the input of one box, there’s input from marketing teams, graphic designers, executives, and engineers.

Cool facts about boxes:

  • There is actually a real museum dedicated to the cardboard box! It is located in Valréas, France, and is called Musée du Cartonnage et de l’Imprimerie (Museum of the Cardboard Box).
  • In 2004, the architect Peter Ryan, from Melbourne, designed and built a livable house made from cardboard boxes.
  • 95% of products are shipped within a corrugated box, 75% of which are recovered and recycled.
Corrugated box close up

Source: Craig Sunter

For more info about how a box is made, check this out:

www.tappi.org/paperu/all_about_paper/earth_answers/earthanswers_howboxes.pdf