Don’t throw that box

Turn it into a decor.


A long travel later, it landed on our doorstep last month. We ripped it open, scooped out the brand new record player from within it, and lay the box down near the shoe rack. It remained there for a long time, with sheets of bubble wraps that no one popped.

Our Amazon Prime cardboard box was just one among the millions of boxes that the company shipped on a daily basis.  


Until one day, we hoisted it up from where it was. Cleaned it off the labels and stickers. And painted it dark blue like a star-less night sky. Then we created a mesh using colors – blue, green, golden and red. Let them merge, drip and rebel out of the cardboard boundaries.

According to an article in New York Times, “35.4 million tonnes of containerboard were produced in 2014 in the United States, with e-commerce companies being the fastest growing users.” 

After a night’s time of mingling with each other, the viscous colors had settled into a wild pattern. Like lava when cooled down. Like relationships after a fight.

What was scarily close to being binned, now stands tall with dignity next to its pal, the record player, from which a young Barbra Streisand, in a violet tutu and a high bun, sings, and quite aptly so, ‘I’d rather be blue over you’.

Yep, they can all be recycled. But what about the emissions in having it reach the recycling center, and the use of water and energy, later?