A company called Eco Incorporated has invented the GreenBox, a better pizza box that we can at least get a little more use out of before we throw away. Think built-in Paper Plates!
and throw all of this in the yard waste please! great idea.
Very clever and creative use of an existing design to make it more usable.
(The GreenBox link leads to an error page on Swiss Miss. I thought it was just my RSS reader, but the link above also gets an error)
They must have ate pizza with my friends and I in college.
What an awesome idea!!!
Greaaaaaat, I love it
I’ve seen a box like that years ago http://www.magoos.com/isitreally.htm
not sure if eco inc. is their supplier though.
Of possible related interest: I photographed the GreenBox inventor as part of my ongoing Inventor Portraits Project. http://www.davidfriedmanphoto.com/blog/2010/03/inventor-portrait-william-walsh.html
Hey, David! Nice to hear from you – that’s one of our favorite shots of Inventor/CEO William Walsh!
I encourage everyone to stop by our blog – there’s been a lot of news about the GreenBox lately, and new things are happening every day.
Doesn’t everyone just do this with normal Pizza boxes and a pair of scissors?
We do where I come from anyway.
Has anyone else noticed that the box isn’t exactly ‘eco’. The functionality of the box has changed, but the same amount of cardboard is used and eventually dumped the same way every other pizza box does. I’d be more impressed if the actual packaging was reduced or could be reused for pizzas in the long-term.
This is a great example of how innovation can make something even more useful. And we can innovate with anything and everything…imagine a more useful world.
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Even though the pizza box is the same size, it’s preventing the additional use of paper plates.
But Magoo’s Pizza has patented this box since the 70s.
While it’s a cute idea, I have to agree with Jason. It’s just as wasteful as a normal pizza box, unless you don’t have any plates available and would otherwise revert to paper plates.
Sadly this also gives people the false impression that this type of take away packaging is actually good for the environment. In fact it’s still using a large amount of cardboard, which can not be recycled since it gets oily.
Eco scale of pizza eating
1. Make the pizza yourself at home
2. Eat at a restaurant which uses plates
3. Some kind of washable, reusable pizza box
4. GreenBox / Normal Pizza box
Pizza boxes are made of cardboard which is easily recycled in most communities. But if you get it too messed up with oil, cheese, etc, from the pizza, by using it as disposable plates it becomes non-recyclable. The idea means well, but ultimately it’s a bad idea.
Pizza boxes are made of cardboard which is easily recycled in most communities. But if you get it too messed up with oil, cheese, etc, from the pizza, by using it as disposable plates it becomes non-recyclable. The idea means well, but ultimately it’s a bad idea. People should be using regular plates if they need plates for the pizza. I personally just eat it over a paper towel and that makes for minimal waste compared to a paper plate or using the pizza box, then I recycle the box.
I’ve been attending a local Linux User Group in France(http://plugfr.org/) for 10+ years and we eat a lot of pizzas.
Since the first meetup, we’ve been cutting the pizza boxes like this. It’s a little rustic, but quite geeky. We like this little responsible action.
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