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We’ve Been Discarding Pizza Boxes Incorrectly This Entire Time

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So you can’t recycle pizza boxes.

There’s a tiny sense of accomplishment you get after a major pizza party when you’re walking to the recycle bin with a huge stack of boxes. Apparently, that accomplishes nothing for the environment.

According to FOX News, a pizza lover recently set to discover if pizza boxes were really recyclable. Y’know since they’re made of cardboard.

The answer was no.

Darby Hoover of the Natural Resources Defense Council finally explained why you can’t just throw pizza boxes in with the recycling.

Turns out the porous paper used to make the boxes is “particularly susceptible to food and beverage contamination,” the resource specialist explained. This is largely due to all the leftover cheese, grease and oil that ends up stuck to the cardboard.

Food and oil can’t separate from paper when undergoing the pulping process.

However, for anyone who has a high-volume compost, you can chuck a pizza box in with other organic waste. Otherwise, you’re probably saving folks a lot of grief by simply throwing it in the trash can.

 

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McDonald’s Happy Meal Art Reminds Kids What Trees Look Like

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Talk about a Happy Meal.

McDonald’s commissioned paper artist Hellen Musselwhite to create inspirational scenes within the fast food giant’s signature Happy Meal boxes.

Nearly every element of each of these works of art are completely constructed out of paper. Apparently, since kids nowadays are all about video games and energy drinks, these “Happy Meals” were designed to inspire young folks to read and explore the natural world.

More behind-the-scenes photos on Musselman’s Happy Meal art can be found here.

H/T + PicThx Design Taxi

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Chocolate-Flavored Envelopes Are the Cure to Nasty-Tasting Snail Mail

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The folks over at ThinkGeek have come up with a genius solution for nasty-tasting envelopes: Chocolate-flavored envelopes. See those brown patterns in the picture above? That, my friends, is chocolate-flavored. It’s completely lickable, delicious and functional for all your V-Day greeting needs.

The one downside to this tasty invention is that it might be really tough to quit spreading saliva all over said V-Day greetings. So you’ll probably have to buy two sets — one for actual valentines and another one for snacking purposes.

Chocolate Flavored Envelopes $13ThinkGeek

H/T ThinkGeek

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Check Out These Sexy Food Sculptures Made of Paper

Welcome to the 21st century, where paper is going out of style like stone tablets in the whenever-they-used-stone-tablets-to-record-things age. We don’t use it for our essays, or our books, or passing love notes in class (just text her, buddy). Anyone who does use paper is swiftly taught the virtues of “going green” – don’t cut down our trees, just stare at them! So, now, presumably, we’ve got massive stores of paper somewhere, doing nothing, clogging up our office supply stores and reminding us that rain forests are no more.

Lucky for the human race, we’ve got this guy. Or rather, this gal.

Fideli Sundqvist is a Swedish artist who uses paper to make awesome, pretty things like lemons and steak. In an interview from the blog Strictly Paper (“highlighting the many creative uses of paper”), Sundqvist said, “Since I was young, I always wanted to become an artist. I dreamed about being Frida Kahlo, Niki de Saint Phalle, or Claude Monet. In early adolescence, I had a time when I thought art stuff was nerdy … but I turned back to these dreams after a few years and discovered the new genre of illustration and design, which suited me well.”

I don’t know about you, but the most exciting thing I’ve ever made with paper is a failed snowflake. And by “snowflake” I mean “mutilated ball of paper.”

via Visual News

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Origami Animal Placemats

These sheets of paper start off as cheery and colorful place mats, but once the meal is over, they become a fun after-dinner activity for the whole family to enjoy.  Tear off the perforated instruction panel, and you are left with the perfect square required for traditional origami.  Moms, dads, and kids can each fold their mat into a cute little critter.  The set comes with 48 place mats, and each one is rated by difficulty.  Beginners can start off with an easy design, while more advanced folders can do a challenging one. ($12.49 @ Perpetual Kid)

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Sliced Notes

These Post-It-like notes made into the shape of fruits are genius! It’s been proven that being organized and having awesome desk accessories make day-to-day tasks easier to handle. But if it were me, I’d definitely have them in the shape of sometime awesome like a huge strip of bacon or a slice of pizza. Just saying, people would probably be more intrigued to use my notepad if it were pizza instead of a pear, but that’s just me. (Thx Incredible Things) (Source: BlackInkBoston)

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Bacon Gift Wrap

I enjoy wrapping gifts, but honestly when I buy this wrapping paper, which I will. I’m going to absolutely love wrapping presents. What could be better than presents and bacon? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. (Thx IncredibleThings)

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Paper Kitchen

You think three-dimensional movies and art are the new thing? Check out this paper kitchen made by Don Lucho and then back to me!