Cardboard & Cap Peg Rack


Make a Cardboard and Plastic Cap Peg Rack at The Cardboard CollectiveNow that my daughters are almost 2 and almost 4 they’ve started borrowing my jewelery. I’m not quite sure what that means about my taste in jewelery, but they are scaling my 4 foot high bookshelf  to get to it. As a compromise, I’ve decided to sacrifice access to some of my sturdier, more sought after necklaces in the hopes of safeguarding some of the more fragile and precious stuff.

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Contraband jewelery stuffed into little boxes, purses and paper bags was popping up all over the house…. as if a colony of Leprechauns had taken up residence. In an effort to deter further looting, I bargained that some kind of necklace depot would distract them….

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I started with just one box, which gave me 6 lengths of cardboard approximately the same length. I then assembled my caps.

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I had a variety of laundry soap and maple syrup caps and some of the caps magically fit together, but some did not. I ended up using Washi tape to secure them. I didn’t have enough caps, so I borrowed a cylindrical block from the block bin. You can use whatever you have on hand for this project, it doesn’t have to be plastic caps. Blocks, corks, tiny plastic or glass bottles; all can do the job. Make a Cardboard and Plastic Cap Peg Rack at The Cardboard Collective

Next step was arranging the caps and tracing around them. I used a box cutter to carefully cut around the circles on the top layer, and then a serrated knife for the layers below. It’s helpful to try and cut just inside the area that you traced for a snug fit.

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Last step was gluing the layers together. I used one layer as a backing and didn’t cut any holes in that layer. I also spread a thin layer of glue slightly diluted  with water over the top piece of cardboard to preserve it and keep it from showing dirt and fingerprints. To hang the rack I threaded paper cord through the corrugated channels and tied it off.

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A truce? Only time will tell…..

A cardboard costume can make your Halloween less plastic

This past spring I posted about getting the opportunity to meet some of my eco heroes here in Japan, and now this fall I have had the pleasure to virtually meet another inspiration, Beth Terry of My Plastic Free Life. Beth is a passionate author, TED speaker, blogger and activist working to decrease the harmful impacts of plastic on our environment and our health.

Her blog and book are filled with lots of practical things you can do to decrease your plastic consumption as well as information about some of the dangers of plastics. Both of these resources are a great place to start if you’re thinking about what you, personally, can do to cut down on plastics in your life.

When Beth asked me to write a guest post for her blog about The Cardboard Costume Challenge, I was really excited to put some ideas together. But the best part was seeing this photo of the cardboard Brita filter costume that Beth made as part of her initiative to get Brita to start recycling their water filters. 16,000 signatures later, she succeeded. How wonderful is that?

Beth left me with one parting word of advice when it comes to cardboard costumes: Don’t forget to make sure it’s a costume you can sit down in!

Hope your costumes are well under way?



Meeting a few of My Eco Heroes

Clockwise from top left: Lecture by Capt. Charles Moore, Plastic entangled knitted sea creatures by, Capt. Charles Moore with his new book, “Plastic Ocean”, plastic debris display by organizations 5 Gyres and Surf Rider Foundation

Last weekend I had the honor of attending the International Symposium on Marine Plastic Pollution: Toxic Chemicals and Biological Effects hosted by Dr. Hideshige Takada and the International Pellet Watch here in Tokyo. (Wow, I know) I found out about Dr. Takada’s work while researching citizen science projects last year to participate in with Electra and Isis. My husband was also interested, so this spring we contacted Dr. Takada to participate in his IPW project. Dr. Takada kindly invited us to attend his symposium on Sunday and it was a really fantastic experience.

For the last three years I have been reading and watching documentaries about plastics in our environment (Plastic: a Toxic Love Affair, Moby Duck, Bag it, Cheap, The Story of Bottled Water, My Plastic Free Life), and now I’m reading my newly signed copy of Plastic Ocean, by Captain Charles Moore.

Meeting and hearing from this round-up of plastic pollution All-Stars was a kind of  dream come true for me. One of the whole reasons I started The Cardboard Collective is that I wanted to provide families with alternatives to all of the plastic furniture, toys, and products that have become so ubiquitous in our day-to-day lives.

I cannot cover all of the things that I think you need to know about plastic here in the post so if you’re interested and want to learn more, go ahead and click on some of the links I’ve attached above.

I’m so grateful to the dedicated group of scientists, researchers and activists that I heard from at the symposium for providing the data and passion behind a movement that I hope will someday change our planet and our health for the better and three cheers from all of us here at The Cardboard Collective.