The Future Of Origami Cardboard


Let us bring you into the fold…

When constructing a hypothetical peer into the future, you may not consider cardboard to be one of the ‘super materials’ that we will one day rely on for our buildings, comforts or technologies. Even more incredibly, the use of cardboard, combined with the historic cultural art of Origami would be the main principle.

A team of researchers from the University of Illinois, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Tokyo feel that the using complex Origami with specialist cardboard would create a structural foundation that could be used for an extraordinary range of appliances. Because of the nature of cardboard, it doesn’t have as long a lifespan as materials like metal and plastic, but it does have the advantage of being lightweight and naturally pliable.

The short term uses for cardboard Origami could include disaster relief, furniture or shelter. But it’s even better, when you consider that clever engineering of the folds could mean that the same piece of cardboard could be folded into various different things. The sofa one day, could be a suitcase the next, in theory.

The process involves a certain type of Origami folding know as Miura-ori; using zig-zag strips of paper, which are folded and secured to provide strength.

All of this adds up to one big point for us here at National Recycling…

Cardboard recycling must become even more important than it is. People must begin to respect the material and make further efforts to see it recycled. If it is one of the materials of the future, we must ensure that future can happen. Deforestation is not a solution, cardboard recycling is the answer.


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