Environment / Lifestyle

Give A Pizza Box A Second Chance

Do you know how many pizza boxes are in use worldwide? Well, a lot. Billions. Most of them land in the garbage. Even if the magical ‘recycle’ stamp is featured on the boxes, those ones that get oily or stained from food cannot be recycled. Have you ever thought of reusing or collecting them? I have not . . . Pizza boxes cannot leave the apartment quick enough. But someone else had an ingenious idea.

The day after a big pizza party with friends & family, the host placed all pizza boxes precisely into the trash can in front of his house. When garbage was collected, workers had a hard time getting all these boxes out of the container. As boxes got squashed and stuck together, the result was a cylinder-like shape. And this gave the sparkling idea of trying to find ways to reuse pizza boxes e.g. as a table.

After 2 to 3 years of research and development a new, worldwide patented product was launched mid October 2012 by the Hungarian gastronomy company Kaja.hu Cybergastro: it is called ‘Don’t Throw Away pizza box’ (DTA pizza box). DTA pizza boxes are made of special carton paper and are lined with something similar to baking paper. Extra lining prevents oil and food leftovers stain the boxes, so they will not look funny nor will they have an odor. Depending how many boxes you have left, you can build storage boxes, picture frames, chairs, tables and even shelves. This way your pizza boxes get a second chance and a second life. All you need is a pair of scissors, a sharp cutter and a ruler. Et voila!

Currently, these clever DTA pizza boxes are only available at Kaja.hu for their own food delivery services, but soon they can be ordered via other channels, too. The idea owners are working on some other mind-blowing solutions. Creativity meets functionality – at its best.

For more information please visit the website or their Facebook page.

Source of images: courtesy of Kaja.hu.


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