Well, at least I saved the boxes from being recycled and saved energy resources! This box is not entirely green friendly, but they will last a long time unless something unexpected happens to them. Meanwhile many lunches will be served using them and they will be great conversation pieces sitting on the picnic table. I also use them for my sewing scraps. The ones that don't get the pretty little cover are used for storing sewing crafts, and fabric scraps, which by the way will help me stay organized when I move them into my new sewing room after the shop gets built! The boxes shown are at least 8 years old. We rarely go out to eat; so I don't get very many. I shop mostly all the outside isles of the grocery store because I cook from scratch.
Recycling holds true to all paper products if they have food residue on them. Even if the box has the label that says it can be recycled. Grease forms in top of the slurry and the fibers can't separate from the oils in the pulping process. The binding of the paper is weakened from the contamination; causing poor quality of paper. Now get this . . . . For all of those folks who sneak in the boxes . . . . guess what? It contaminates the entire batch! All goes to the land field. The good news is the boxes can be put into the compost pile.
There you have it. For the full article : https://www.recyclebank.com/live-green/330-the-pizza-box-recycling-mystery/#.UAWpXLT2ZrM. Now let me show you how to save a pizza box from the land field ; if it is a soiled pizza box. Please visualize a soiled box in the picture; that will make it easier to follow through and keep you focused.
Let's make a lunch box.
Step 1: Materials
1 Pizza box
1 scrap piece vinyl table cloth.
Matching thread with sewing needle.
2 1/2 Yards ribbon.
1 Silk flower.
Plastic silverware optional.
Step 2: Tools
Two sided tape
Glue if you want to glue it together instead of sewing it.
Step 3: Measuring and Cutting the Box Pattern
Fold the table cloth in half and cut one piece approx 20 X 20. You should have 2 pieces the same size.
Open the box so it is flat.
lay the box over the cut vinyl cloths.
Place a heavy object on top to hold it in place.
Using the marker (mark) the end of the box that has the most shapes and don't outline it; cut it 3 inches longer marking a straight edge across for the cutting line.
Using the marker outline the shape of the remaining edges of the box.
Remove the box from the cloth.
Using the ruler mark an outside edge 1/4 inch larger than the original mark. This will be the cutting line.
Cut out the outside line remembering to leave the one end longer than the rest of the box and cut straight instead of following the shape of the box end.
Step 4: Pocket
Turn under 3/4" hem on three sides and tape or glue to secure.
Tie a ribbon around it like the picture.
Pin or tape it to the box lid to secure it. The bottom of the pocket is just at the fold of the box.
Hand sew or glue to the lid; leaving the ribbon area open so it may be re-moved for cleaning as needed.
Step 5: Sewing the Liner
Sew 1/4 seam allowance on 3 sides leaving an opening at the end like a pillow case.
Clip the corners.
Turn right side out.
Work the fabric with your fingers so the seam is along on the edge of the box.
Step 6: Inserting the Box
Work the liner up to the end of the box.
Adjust the seam along the edge using your fingers.
Fold down the side flaps.
Straighten out the wrinkles and smooth the fabric.
Step 7: Finishing the End
Trim the end straight across leaving two inches to work with.
Carefully cut the angles as you go so you have plenty of fabric to turn under for a 1/4" hem.
Tape into place forming the shape as you go.
I found taping it under was a great help, just one or two strips is all you need.
Repeat clipping and taping along the shaped edge pulling the fabric smooth until the end is turned under.
Next hand sew or glue the hem.
Step 8: Lid Closure
So I covered it with some scrap fabric to finish the edge.
Cut 4 vinyl pieces
Step 9: Embellishments
Step 10: Sunshiine's Final Thoughts
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