I have a house full to the brim with other peoples cardboard packaging cunningly recycled into spaceships, light sabres, piles of other peoples packaging stuck together. Heaven forbid, but it offends me. It’s not purely the mess it makes. No really it isn’t, well, maybe a little bit. What offends me is the products that are represented. I have Nescafe coffee’s, really sugary breakfast cereals and super expensive kitchen knives represented at the moment.
I do find it hard to look beyond the packaging to see the object lovingly crafted by my child. I am also convinced that they are being brainwashed into making the largest possible constructions. So as to fill up my wheely bin (did I say that?), rather than anyone elses. But what does one do? Refuse to bring the child’s creation home and place it on the mantelpiece? Lose it on the way home? I am not that sort of mummy. No, I gratefully accept my creation and look amazed and in awe at the creativity, whilst secretly wanting to punch the teacher.
The problem comes in trying to dispose of the creations, the wheely bin really is full. It’s hard trying to ram them into it without the risk of them being visible at the top. A bonfire isn’t all that eco- friendly. It’s hard to re-use them again without upset. It’s hard to dispose of them without upset. I lie awake at night wondering whether I might be found one day crushed amongst a sea of cardboard boxes cunningly fashioned to represent robots and spacemen and spaceships and aliens. I wish there was some sort of campaign only to use the boxes of ethical products packaged in trendy, classic designs. I wish they had a corner at school to display them and then the designs were donated to an old peoples home or something.*evil cackle*
The campaign for the use of nice cardboard in junk modeling starts here….