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SpringBox - The revolutionary cardboard box, promoting reuse, eliminating excessive secondary packaging whilst offering fast packing times.

SpringBox is a cardboard box that requires no additional secondary packaging, it can be easily folded flat for reuse time and time again.

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When purchasing products online I was frustrated with the size or boxes that products were being shipped in and the amount of secondary packaging used to protect these products. 

On each occasion due to the cumbersome size and volume of packaging I was forced to dispose of it without reusing it. I also noticed the amount of packaging varied from product to product, some products arrived broken due to having insufficient packaging/poor packing and others had excessive amounts of packaging.

I started to explore alternatives to this. I set out to solve the following question:  "What is the most minimalistic way of packaging these products whilst ensuring the products are packed correctly every time?"

After much development and testing I came up with SpringBox which:

  1. - Requires no extra secondary packaging
  2. - Ensures objects are packed almost identically time and time again leading to no variation in quality of packing.
  3.  Can be reused time and time again.
  4. Is the fastest packing fully protecting cardboard box in the world.
  5. Can accommodate almost any shaped object.
  6. Is fully recyclable.
  7. Has scope to be fully biodegradeable.
  8. Is cost effective due to reduced packing times.
  9. Little on cost in terms of value of materials.
  10. Reduces the number of breakages and so not only reduces incurred costs but also prevents damage of brand image.

Idea Title

SpringBox - The reusable, waste reducing, fast packing, protective cardboard box

Where are you / your team located?

Located in the UK

How does this Idea redesign unrecyclable small format plastic items that often end up as waste?

It removes, the need for bubblewrap, air pockets, EPS, plastic trays and expandable foams. A single sheet of highly durable yet extremely thin plastic film is manipulated to offer a reusable design solution.

Which use cases does your Idea apply to?

I believe this solution applies to cases 1,2 and 3. As with each case SpringBox ensures that contents arrive at their destination undamaged. It ensures that products are received and unpackaged/dispensed with ease. However unlike the 3 cases SpringBox is reusable and controls the usage of packing in an industry where this is currently very hard to control.

In what geographical context or area does your Idea plan to operate / solve?

It plans to reduce excessive waste from online packaging.

How do you envision scaling up your Idea?

The idea is highly scalable and is cost effective at a mass manufacture level. I plan to license the design out to manufacturers across the world.

At what stage of development is your Idea?

  • Piloting: You have started to implement your solution as a whole with a first set of real users. You may have started to develop a business model for your idea, including identifying key customer segments, relevant partnerships, go-to-market strategy, and draft financials.

Please describe how becoming a Top Idea and working with the Think Beyond Plastics Accelerator Program will help to accelerate your solution.

I would hope that becoming a Top Idea would help gain publicity and generate interest in SpringBox. It would also indicate the the idea has legs and could be taken onto the next level. I would the endeavour to license the product to manufacturers throughout the world to ensure that this idea helps to minimise the impact of online shopping.

Tell us about your work experience

Design engineer for a leading home and garden appliance company.


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Photo of Troy Gardner

Great job, that tensioning idea is awesome, love it! a novel variation on tensegrity. I had a similar concept using positive pressure balloons inflated inside an envelope for a different glass holder.

Photo of Jack

Thanks Troy. The more the box is compressed the stronger it effectively gets.

I'm liking what you have done as well. If you gusseted the bottom of each of you bags not only would you be able to add more liquid to them they would also most likely to be able to stand up unaided.

Photo of Troy Gardner

true, but that's not as good actually vs stacked sheet made from roll 2 roll on demand ( just in time variable manufacturing) and the bellows like hardcase in our flavorbook entry also empty it near completely with one hand

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