Crazy Cardboard Crafts for Kids

Have you ever had to watch after a child? If you have, then you know that even if you aren’t a parent, it’s a challenge to keep them occupied for very long. They seem to have unlimited supplies of energy, their small size allows them to get into areas you can’t, and the more of them you have around, the more exhausted you’ll be by the end of the day.

Fortunately for you, a child’s energy is matched only by their curiosity. It can be tempting to simply drop them in front of some electronic device or another to keep them distracted. But with a child’s developmental years being the most crucial, this is an opportunity for parents and guardians to help children channel their curiosity into creativity.

If you’re worried about not being able to afford the latest hot toys, don’t worry: here are a few craft projects that can be done with something you probably have all around the house. These projects will teach your children not only how to use their imaginations, but also how to make the most use out of discarded materials. All it takes is a little cardboard.

Ringing Endorsement

It’s easy for a kid to look at their parents’ shiny baubles and want to try them on. It makes them feel grown up and fancy. It also might be expensive, so a parent isn’t likely to just let a kid go through their jewelry box at their leisure. Luckily, there’s a way for kids to get fancy without you getting expensive. Try making cardboard rings.

All it takes is a collection of thin cardboard (cereal boxes will work just fine), scissors to cut them with, paint, brushes, a hot glue gun, and a marker. You and the kids can design them in whatever shapes come to mind, then show them off to everyone you know.

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(via PBS.org)

Tall Wall

Once you have kids, doesn’t it seem as if you’ve suddenly wound up with enough toilet paper rolls to reach the roof? Well, now you can do that by making your own stackers.

You can use the empty rolls from toilet paper or paper towels. The only supplies you’ll need are scissors, paint, and paintbrushes. Once again, the design is whatever your child can imagine. Paint the rolls as bright as you want and stack them as high as they can go. Just be sure not to let your kids try to climb it.

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(via PBS.org)

Very Fine House

Rings and walls are nice, but what if your child is looking to build a home all their own? They might want to take a shot at building the cardboard neighborhood.

Once again, you’ll need cereal boxes and a hot glue gun. You’ll also need a pencil, paint, a ruler, string, and scissors. Now your children can actually build the houses they go past every day.

cardboard-houses.jpg
(image via Rudy and the Dodo)

Crazy Cardboard Crafts for Kids

Have you ever had to watch after a child? If you have, then you know that even if you aren’t a parent, it’s a challenge to keep them occupied for very long. They seem to have unlimited supplies of energy, their small size allows them to get into areas you can’t, and the more of them you have around, the more exhausted you’ll be by the end of the day.

Fortunately for you, a child’s energy is matched only by their curiosity. It can be tempting to simply drop them in front of some electronic device or another to keep them distracted. But with a child’s developmental years being the most crucial, this is an opportunity for parents and guardians to help children channel their curiosity into creativity.

If you’re worried about not being able to afford the latest hot toys, don’t worry: here are a few craft projects that can be done with something you probably have all around the house. These projects will teach your children not only how to use their imaginations, but also how to make the most use out of discarded materials. All it takes is a little cardboard.

Ringing Endorsement

It’s easy for a kid to look at their parents’ shiny baubles and want to try them on. It makes them feel grown up and fancy. It also might be expensive, so a parent isn’t likely to just let a kid go through their jewelry box at their leisure. Luckily, there’s a way for kids to get fancy without you getting expensive. Try making cardboard rings.

All it takes is a collection of thin cardboard (cereal boxes will work just fine), scissors to cut them with, paint, brushes, a hot glue gun, and a marker. You and the kids can design them in whatever shapes come to mind, then show them off to everyone you know.

PBS-cardboard-rings.jpeg
(via PBS.org)

Tall Wall

Once you have kids, doesn’t it seem as if you’ve suddenly wound up with enough toilet paper rolls to reach the roof? Well, now you can do that by making your own stackers.

You can use the empty rolls from toilet paper or paper towels. The only supplies you’ll need are scissors, paint, and paintbrushes. Once again, the design is whatever your child can imagine. Paint the rolls as bright as you want and stack them as high as they can go. Just be sure not to let your kids try to climb it.

Very Fine House

Rings and walls are nice, but what if your child is looking to build a home all their own? They might want to take a shot at building the cardboard neighborhood.

Once again, you’ll need cereal boxes and a hot glue gun. You’ll also need a pencil, paint, a ruler, string, and scissors. Now your children can actually build the houses they go past every day.

cardboard-houses.jpg
(image via Rudy and the Dodo)

Benefits of recycling your printer cartridges

15. December 2011 09:34 by Calvin Yu in Troubleshooting and Printer Tips  //  Tags:   //   Comments (1)

Any business owner with high printing volume knows how fast they burn through printer cartridges. Now, multiply this at the national or world level, and it is astounding to think of the number of empty ink and toner cartridges that end up in landfills every year. Empty cartridges take thousands of years to breakdown and often release toxic chemicals, such as volatile organic compounds, as they do. Producing printer cartridges requires making plastic, metal, and consuming oil resulting in pollution and greenhouse gasses. Businesses can easily cut their environmental impact by recycling their empty ink and toner cartridges.

The printer cartridge remanufacturing industry has a 20 plus year history. Initially, it developed a bad reputation caused by many businesses not properly inspecting and filling cartridges resulting in damage to printers. This caused many people to shy away from it. Today, the cartridge remanufacturing industry has developed into a professional and reliable one. Remanufactured cartridges now undergo a thorough inspection and cleaning. Worn and damaged parts get replaced and cartridges refilled with fresh ink or toner. These cartridges are often indistinguishable from new ones and come with a warranty.

RecycleRecycled ink and toner cartridges typically cost 50 to 80 percent less than new ones. For a business that prints a lot, this represents a big savings. More than that, recycling printer cartridges reduces a companies environmental impact. Producing a single toner cartridge yields a surprising amount of pollution and leaves a significant carbon footprint. A business that chooses to use remanufactured cartridges is taking a step towards going green and reducing energy costs; this helps everyone.  We offer a free toner cartridge recycling program that includes return shipping, as long as you are sending at least 8 cartridges.

There aren't any drawbacks to recycling and using remanufactured printer cartridges. It reduces the amount of waste in landfills, reduces energy consumption, and saves money. Modern remanufacturing methods yield a product indistinguishable from a new one. Remanufactures offer warranties with their cartridges and most office supply stores offer in store credit for empty ones. Businesses or individuals with high printing volume that aren't taking advantage of recycled ink and toner cartridges are wasting their money.

Why you should recycle your old toner cartridges

10. July 2010 20:58 by Calvin Yu in Troubleshooting and Printer Tips  //  Tags:   //   Comments (1)

In today’s green, eco-friendly society, recycling is gaining popularity. We recycle soda cans, bottles, paper, batteries and even cell phones. An item often overlooked is the toner cartridge in our home and office printers. The question then becomes “why should we recycle our toner cartridges?”  If you’re on the fence with regards to taking the time to recycle your toner cartridges, here are the top 2 reasons to do so!

Save space in the landfill and save the environment
Cartridge recyclingWe tend to not give much consideration to where our trash ends up once it leaves the curb. With just over a dozen toner cartridges being thrown away every second there are millions upon millions of laser toner and ink cartridges that find a home in US landfills each year. The plastic from these cartridges take 1000 years to decompose. In addition, the left over ink inside of your cartridge can seep out, polluting the environment. The ink is often toxic to plant and animal life in the area. By purchasing recycled cartridges we are conserving the natural resources used to make new cartridges as well as the energy used to create them.

It’s Easy
We strongly encourage you to drop empty ink and toner cartridges off at the major office supply stores. The major office supply stores offer cartridge recycle bins. Simply save your cartridges and take them to the store with you the next time you head out.

Approximately 70% of toner cartridges used in homes and businesses are thrown away rather than recycled. If all of these cartridges were laid end-to-end, they would circle the planet three times over. Knowing these facts and how easy it is to recycle toner cartridges, the question quickly changes to ‘why shouldn’t I recycle my used cartridges?’

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