Cardboard facts that are bizarre yet real

We want to believe we know a lot regarding cardboard here at Lil Packaging, but here are a few facts that have astonished even the most seasoned experts.

Cardboard deserves respect.

Cardboard was first popular in the UK in 1856, although not for making boxes as it is now, but for milliners who devised a process for lining and insulating tall hats.

Who doesn't enjoy the sensation of party-hat elastic beneath their chin when it comes to hats? In England, party hats were first produced by rolling a thin sheet of cardboard into a conical form; nevertheless, I'm sure you didn't realise that this style of hat has been around since 2800 BC, when Egyptian pharaohs wore comparable pointy headgear to symbolise their higher position. For all we know, they may have also invented the piata.

For the Love of Cardboard

Throughout fiction, the term "cardboard" first appears in Anne Bronté's novel "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" (1848). Helen, the heroine, utilises a little to paint a picture of the guy she loves.

"I had meticulously destroyed any such testimony to my obsession." The pencil, on either hand, frequently creates an imprint on cardboard that no amount of rubbing can remove."

She isn't the only one who uses cardboard as an art medium; millions of people still enjoy painting, glueing, creating, and modelling with it, not to mention hours of inexpensive, ecologically friendly, imaginative play. I dare you not to have these two childhood memories in common: bowl haircuts, and at least one parent muttering about how much you hated the blasted box

Card-boarding house

Do you want to spend your vacation in a cardboard house? If they go to Brittany, you will be able to do so. Just on island of Belle-Île, L'Îlot Carton is a home that has been put to the test, surviving several high winds and terrible Atlantic storms. It is inexpensive to run, construct, and operate, and it is incredibly fuel efficient. A day, it may even be totally re-cycled.

You've remained in the home, and now it's time to go to church. Nevertheless, we may have to go a little further than the French shore this time. New Zealand is the destination. After the earthquake in 2011, the people of Christchurch were waiting for a decision on whether or not to restore their Anglican cathedral. In 2013, Japanese architect Shigeru Ban collaborated with a local business to construct a temporary building made of wood from demolished houses, steel, polycarbonate, and, yep, cardboard! The Cardboard Cathedral, as it is known, is a sign of progress since it is built to 130 percent of the current seismic standard.

We appreciate cardboard because it is a material from the past, a material from our youth, a material used by artists and architects, and, most importantly, a material that is kind on Mother Earth.

We believe that cardboard will continue to be utilised, both practically and as a source of inspiration, for a long time to come. It's difficult for us at Lil Packaging to envision a world without cardboard, so it's comforting to know that it exists in all of its strange and lovely forms. Long live cardboard and all of its fans!

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