I feel smarter already.
This smart pizza box includes a list of fun upcycling activities and the first suggestion is to cut out an outlined circle. The last instruction is to check your local recycling guidelines to dispose of it, which should probably be #1 on the list, but I know why the circle comes first:
If the cardboard is oily then it's rubbish. Food stains or oily spots end up on the center and once it's cut out then only a portion of the box gets discarded and the rest can be properly recycled or repurposed with such brilliant ideas as listed on the box:
Now I'll give my idea for number 11: COMPACT DIORAMA
I was looking for a way to create a cardboard box that could be displayed as a sculpture as well as a framed wall artwork. While I was making a prototype I realized how much it resembled a pizza box and decided to simplify things. In my search for boxes I discovered the new efforts from Sustainable Forestry Initiatives for certifying cardboard sourcing, and I also learned that the pizza place sells new, unused boxes for about 35 cents each, depending on management. Using these boxes worked out better because I get to expand on the recycling educational part of a workshop. I love it when students realize they can replicate all the work at home and even have two or three more resourceful ideas.
It is also better because this box is the perfect size for a compact diorama. There is enough space to have depth and add different interesting elements to the composition. It can have complex cuts on the box itself as well as intricate punched hole designs or backgrounds, or can be simple enough to be a toddler art activity. This one was made by a 3-year-old:
Little Hands, Big Creativity
We'll see what we can do with the circles later,
but for sure we won't discard anything.
Reuse, repurpose, or properly recycle.