If there’s anything kids might love more than a cardboard box, it’s cardboard furniture they can build themselves. Three SLO entrepreneurs known as “The Cardboard Guys” have engineered an amazingly strong, recyclable and totally cool desk and chair set they call Kids Imagination Furniture. Visitors to the 2016 Earth Day may have seen the raffle items inventors Justin, Jordan and Jake donated.
A successful Kickstarter campaign enabled the team to begin production on their innovative and eco-friendly idea. Moved to do something about the 9.8 million tons of furniture thrown into U.S. landfills each year, the Cal Poly students wanted to manufacture a furniture product that would reduce the waste. Originally, their idea was to create furniture for college students that was lightweight and could be easily broken down to fit in a car. It wasn’t long before they realized their idea was perfect for kids—the only demographic who actually grows out of their furniture—and Kids Imagination Furniture was born.
The Cardboard Guys are committed to sustainability. The material used for their furniture is made from 50% post-consumer recycled material. The remaining material is sourced from a sustainable tree farm located in the Pacific Northwest. Every product made by the team is 100% recyclable.
Kids Imagination Furniture is not only practical, it’s fun. No nails or fasteners are needed to assemble the furniture and kids can practically do it by themselves. Drawing, painting and decorating the cardboard is highly encouraged. In fact, each set comes with a pack of crayons to get young artists off to a good start.
Learn more about The Cardboard Guys and their innovative products at thecardboardguys.com. Locally the chair and desk combo set is available at Whiz Kids, 3979 S. Higuera St in San Luis Obispo.