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Whether it’s cooking the Christmas feast, decking the halls or enacting the Nativity, Christmas is a time for creativity.

On a regular basis, we’ve reported on the use of corrugated board in creative ways: from cars to robots, computers to cathedrals, it seems that corrugated’s versatility and aesthetic qualities make it an ideal medium for the realisation of creative ideas. We also discovered that children sometimes prefer the boxes their presents arrive over the presents themselves!

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11 to 14 year old pupils studying Design and Technology in the UK have been invited to enter a school competition to design original corrugated board packaging. The competition is one of the modules on PaperWorks, the award winning multimedia schools resource developed by the Confederation of Paper Industries.

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The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) has announced having found a breakthrough decarbonisation technology called “deep eutectic solvents” (DES) a brand new technology which, at low temperatures, breaks biomass down into constituent parts that can then be used in the paper and pulp industries. 

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Engineer and artist Alex Reben created a corrugated robot equipped with sensors and a high resolution video camera for his Masters thesis at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The robot roamed around autonomously and using several methods to encourage interaction (including looking cute), the robot was able to pull stories from people and create a documentary.

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Mr Corrugated was one of the stars of the show at The Grocer’s annual marketing, advertising and PR awards event in London recently (here he is pictured at the party afterwards!) The event is a gathering of many of the most influential brand owners in UK grocery.

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Using cardboard, paint, and foil, French artist Benadetto Bufalino has created a “cover” that slides over the top of any small car. Completely functional with cut out windows, hand painted rims and tires, metallic foil tailpipes, and the signature horse logo fitted on the rear, the budget Testarossa looks just like the real thing…

So if you are looking to swap your boring company car for something a bit more fun at the week-end, then look no further!

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A new economic case study demonstrates a 25% annual cost savings from shipping tomatoes in corrugated versus shipping the same volume of tomatoes in reusable plastic containers (RPCs).

The study assesses total annual costs for using corrugated containers vs. RPCs to ship 144 million pounds of Roma tomatoes from Mexico to Houston, TX. Results of the detailed, activity-based accounting comparison show that corrugated saves $6.8 million annually.

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Samsung‘s Origami printer is a prototype with an exterior made from corrugated cardboard, which simplifies the manufacturing process and makes it more environmentally friendly to dispose of. Assembled using a folding method, the recycled material is cut out and folded to shape the printer before the mechanism and engine unit are fitted.

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The advantages of corrugated board are well known. Its strength, versatility, protective abilities, recyclability and renewability make it the ideal transport packaging material. Some may think that this is the extent of its contribution. Not quite.

Did you know for example that corrugated board can be used as part of sound dampening material in cars?

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Great News: Mr Corrugated has been shortlisted for Trade Media campaign of the year in the Grocer Marketing, Advertising & PR Awards.

The Grocer is the main grocery trade magazine in the UK. Take a look at the shortlist here http://www.gramia.co.uk/page/2013_shortlist.html. There were 94 entries for the Trade Media category alone, so this is a strong achievement by Mr Corrugated!

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