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Turn Cardboard Boxes into Furniture and Toys

Turn unwanted packaging from local stores and factories into usable tables, chairs, toys and games. A craft instruction book for how to cut and fold cardboard into usable stuff. Kids can build and paint the results.

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Stores like MUJI and IKEA already use cardboard as a material to make furniture and toys for kids. Why not use this inspiration to create a book of craft recipes for turning cardboard into useful school supplies.

Get designers from around the world to submit their recipes for the book.

The book could be extended to cover household items, turning any household item into a toy or educational aid.

Who would implement this?

  • A big company
  • A local entrepreneur or small organization
  • A globally-based social entrepreneur
  • NGOs and Foundations
  • I would!


Re-using unwanted and existing materials.

Local Need. Enterprising Schools has identified key areas of need for Affordable Private Schools. What local learning need(s) does this concept address?

  • Libraries
  • Professional development
  • Other

Evaluation results

7 evaluations so far

1. What sort of potential do you think this concept has to be a sustainable business?

Very high potential - 14.3%

it's good but it needs a lot of work before going much further - 57.1%

it's got too many open questions right now to say either way - 28.6%

2. How well do you feel it meets the local needs enterprising schools has identified? (English language, Math, Libraries, Technology, Professional Development)

It fulfills really well on the need its chosen to serve - 20%

It will help, but other solutions might serve the needs better - 40%

It doesn’t really address any of the needs that Enterprising Schools identified. - 40%

3. How well does this concept meet the needs of extreme affordability?

Really well. There are likely ways we can make this concept low cost. - 100%

Fairly well. It has good potential for an affordable cost, but more work would need to be done here. - 0%

Unsure. I can't yet see the ways it could be made to be low cost, but maybe it's possible. - 0%

Doubtful. I just don't believe this can be made low cost. - 0%


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Someone actually did this! Check out IVUHAP, a project to use UN shipping boxes to build furniture for low-income communities...

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