Condoms that actually feel good. Cardboard furniture. Micro apartments. No wait—pico apartments. Here is the best we saw in design for social good this year.
Chairigami is a one-person company founded by recent Yale graduate Zach Rotholz. Its furniture is made from recycled cardboard and there’s no assembly required: They don’t use any glue or fasteners.
Take a look at the chair you’re sitting in. What’s it made out of? Was it manufactured locally? Chances are, it’s constructed from a mix of materials that have a lengthy supply chain spanning much of the globe. Not so with the chairs made by Chairigami, a one-person company founded by recent Yale graduate Zach Rotholz. Chairigami’s furniture is made from local materials (near the company headquarters of New Haven, Connecticut), recyclable, lightweight, flat-packed, and easy to assemble. It’s also made entirely out of thick, triple-wall cardboard.
Foldable.me is a Kickstarter-backed project by Mint Digital and Chris Beaumont. It’s a papercraft avatar service that, for $12, allows you to ship a cubified cardboard version of yourself anywhere in the world.
This $9 Cardboard Bike Can Support Riders Up To 485lbs
The Alfa weighs 20lbs, yet supports riders up to 24 times its weight. It’s mostly cardboard and 100% recycled materials, yet uses a belt-driven pedal system that makes it maintenance free. And, maybe best of all, it’s project designed to be manufactured at about $9 to $12 per unit (and just $5 for a kids version), making it not only one of the most sustainable bikes you could imagine, but amongst the cheapest, depending on the markup.
An Almost Life-Sized Version Of L.A., Done Totally In Cardboard