NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB/CNN) – A Connecticut man has invented furniture that's lightweight, inexpensive, 100 percent recyclable - and made out of cardboard.
Zach Rotholtz of New Haven, CT, says he started playing with cardboard boxes as a kid and he was always fascinated by the possibilities of the material.
As his senior project at Yale University, he decided to design a chair that can also serve as a table or turn into a bookshelf - all made out of a single sheet of cardboard.
"Partly environmental, partly lightweight, partly a really cool concept, but a lot of it makes sense from the sustainability aspect," Rotholtz said.
From a chair, the next logical step was to design a bench and then a table. His company, Chairigami, has taken off from there.
"I've got an office space, I'm doing I do a lot of people's homes," Rotholtz said. "I did a whole room for a college kid."
Rotholtz custom designs and builds each piece to customers' specifications.
"I have clients come in, say, 'Hey, I need a chaise lounge, can you make it?' OK, why not? Let's go back and design it," Rotholtz said. "One person asked me for a yoga bench, more recently a bed."
The industrial-strength cardboard can handle 240 pounds per square inch, but will it last?
"It'll last a year and a half, no problem, and that's college kids, that's as long as they need it," Rotholtz said.
No staples, no glue, just fold it up and off you go.