January 30, 2012

Reusing Resources

The eco-baby in this green cradle could go through life using
only furniture made from a free, green resource - cardboard

Living more gently on the earth does not need to be a drag. Learning to use our resources more efficiently provides an infinite number of creative and fun possibilities.

This furniture set was made
from used poster tubes, source

The things people have done with reused materials to make functional and funky items is a case in point.

Waste cardboard is an often-free resource that has been used for a wide variety of purposes, from baby furniture to green funerals, and all points in between.

Architect Frank Gehry designed 'green' furniture in the 60s
that was functional, beautiful, and compostable

I have left instructions for how I would like my affairs conducted after I die. I want all my cardboard furniture to be composted. Then I wish to be placed in a cardboard coffin, and buried at the base of a big tree in the wilderness... to be composted.

Recycled cardboard coffins - dust to dust, source


  1. Anonymous1/31/2012

    Now the question is: will government regulations let you be buried in a cardboard box in the woods? I like this idea, but am just curious if it runs afoul of any laws? I hope not, I dislike modern cemetaries, they are such a waste of space and have chemically treated lawns, etc.


    1. Jen,

      Good questions. I too, share your dislike of traditional cemeteries.

      The answer to your question is "yes", with some restrictions.

      See my Wednesday, Feb. 01 post which I wrote after reading your comment.

  2. Anonymous4/11/2013

    I believe the ultimate "green" disposal of the bodies of those who have passed on is practiced in some parts of Tibet. In this, the body it toted to a high plateau where it is cut into manageable chunks by a machete-wielding priest. These are then left for the large and voracious vultures that frequent the areas. It is believed that the birds are messengers between earth and the spirit realm and carry the soul with them after consuming the flesh. Sydney B.

    1. I believe it is known as a "sky burial". Vultures have an amazing ability to soar on the winds for long periods of time, spiralling up, up, up on thermals, never moving a wing.


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