I’ve been thinking a lot about cardboard recently. Maybe because I’ve been surrounded by it.

The back of my Kia is full of cardboard boxes from our move to the apartment. There are three boxes still in my living room – one to go to Goodwill, one to go to the storage unit, and one full of packing paper.

My indoor recycling bin is full of cardboard – a box from Land’s End, one or two from Amazon. There are the food boxes – the one from the frozen dinner and the soda box that had the cans of pop in it. There’s the cardboard base for the frozen pizza.

So what happens to all this cardboard?

For the boxes that are recycled, cardboard is used to make chipboard like cereal boxes, paperboard, paper towels, tissues and printing or writing paper. It’s also made into more corrugated cardboard.” ( So cardboard makes more cardboard!

Other boxes, like all the ones from the apartment move, will be stored to reuse when we eventually move to a house. We’ll pack the apartment back into the boxes and load them up to relocate.

As they say, “Reduce, reuse, recycle.” We‘re trying!

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