There is a newly opened cafe in India that is proving cardboard is not just for boxing up your possessions on moving day or living out of if you have no money anymore.
Known as the “Cardboard Cafe,” the only part of the restaurant not made out of corrugated cardboard is the kitchen. Everything in the restaurant, from the light fixtures, to the tables, to the walls, to the menu holders, are made from recyclable cardboard. In total, this is about 40,000 square feet of the material.
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Cardboard is naturally 50 percent air. This makes the material is lightweight, durable, inexpensive, and exceptional at absorbing sound. The sound absorption makes it perfect for a busy restaurant atmosphere.
The tabletops were treated with wax to make them spill resistant.
The cafe was designed by the founder of the architectural firm Nudes, Nuru Karim. It took a total of seven months: three months of planning and four months of construction. The team spent an extensive amount of time testing the material for durability, flexibility, moisture resistance, and temperature adaptation.
In addition to being made out of sustainable materials, the cafe serves sustainable food. They specialize in serving organic, locally-sourced meals.
Karim says that his idea behind starting this restaurant was to show the versatility of cardboard. this was to help it be taken more seriously as a structural material.
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“I think the idea was to literally think outside the cardboard box. We also wanted to advocate for issues such as climate change, global warming, sustainability, and hopefully this cafe could start becoming a dialogue for the way we treat our natural resources, the way we treat our planet, the way we consume, and the way we recycle.”Cardboard Cafe Designer and Nudes Founder Nuru Karim via Midday India