I have a humongous 1990's TV in my family room, as deep as it is wide, and I wish the sucker was made of cardboard, like SUCK UK's new Cardboard Radio, so I could just use a knife to unglue the parts, break them up, and haul them to the recycle center. Instead, I will have to hire two Sumo wrestlers to remove the big lug and take it to a 'recycle center' where very little of it will be recycled.
Cardboard Radio, design by Christopher McNicholl: © SUCK UK
Maybe Irish designer Christopher McNicholl and SUCK UK will start a trend with the Cardboard Radio, the first totally recyclable FM radio and MP3 speaker system that can be broken down and repurposed or recycled when it's life is over.
The internal wiring is all set up in a simple card structure. There's not a lot to the Cardboard Radio; it's not a BOSE®, but it does have its own charm, as well as working parts.
Cardboard Radio plug in for MP3 player; design by Christopher McNicholl: © SUCK UK
Cardboard Radio is its own packaging: © SUCK UK, design by Christopher McNicholl
But look at how exquisitely the radio is designed.....
Cardboard Radio can be opened, folded, and closed upon receipt: image via chrismcnicholl.com
When will we really stop the waste? Let's challenge Sony and Phillips and the rest of the big tech designers and manufacturers to come up with simpler, modular, lighter weight products and appliances designed with at least some recycled and recyclable parts.
SUCK UK sells the Cardboard Radio in its self-packaged container for about $40. You can also purchase it from Amazon here.