Cardboard Houses of the Future

From rocking the cardboard cradle to the cardboard coffin, there isn't much you can't do with cardboard. We've seen green furniture cut from cardboard, some called Bloxes and cardboard lighting and even cars made from the recyclable wunder-material, and have even seen what makes a cardboard house a home. For anyone who thinks cardboard boxes aren't good enough to live in, sink your teeth into this: the Cardboard House of the Future.

TreeHugger Warren first spied it a few years back (it was even more futuristic then), noting that if "it was recycled, the house would save 12 cubic metres of landfill, 39 trees and 30,000 litres of water" -- not too shabby. It isn't as spacious as the Motorola House of the Future or as funky (or full of plastic) as the Monsanto House of the Future, but there is something to be said for an 85% recycled, 100% recyclable house. And you can even buy one today (for $32,204), built it tomorrow and live it in by the weekend.

From their site, "A cardboard house places the least demand on resources and encourages people to shift their preconceptions about the 'typical Australian house'. Many Australians enjoy camping on their holidays, easily shifting their lifestyle from the rigidity of the urban home to the freedom of the campsite.

"Being extremely low cost and transportable, the Cardboard House could be used in a wide variety of applications. You could live in one while your permanent house is being built or renovated, for emergency housing, or for short-term accommodation."

Nice. And what happens when it rains? The roof is waterproof, thanks to HDPE plastic (that's #2 plastic), which is also used for water storage tanks under the house. Get all the details at ::Houses of the Future via ::DVICE

Tags: Australia | Cardboard | Recycling