When is a box not a box?

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You know how kids seem to prefer the packaging to the contents?

I remember Little Miss green excitedly playing with a cardboard box for far longer than the toy inside when she was a toddler.

And it would seem that some things take longer to grow out of than others…

On a Sunday we have a ‘family day’ here at Zero Waste Towers.

We have a traditional Sunday lunch and it’s a ‘screen free’ day. No ipod, ipad, computers, mobile phones – just some good old fashioned family time and good food.

I think we all secretly know as parents that our children fare better without too much TV. Many of my friends notice behavioural changes after their Princes and Princesses have been sitting too long in front of the box. Yet most of us use it to get a bit of peace and quiet.

After lunch on a Sunday, Mr Green and I are fit for nothing else except to collapse into bed for a siesta, which means Little Miss Green is left to her own devices and nothing gives me more delight to see her creative imagination has not left her, despite the advances of modern technology on our lifestyle.

If she’s not immersed in a book, she’s rummaging through her shelves to pull out the things she rarely plays with to see what use she can give them.

Last weekend she spent five hours absorbed in a project. A friend had sent me a delightful box of eco friendly goodies; it included some recycled clothes pegs, pencils made from old newspapers and a pen made from recycled plastic!

My friend is launching her business in September, so if you want a pressie for a ‘green’ friend, check out her Eco Gift Box website and tell her I sent you…

Anyway, back to the box, my friends, the box. These eco delights came in a box, about the size of a large shoebox, which I’d put into the recycling.

When I came downstairs from my afternoon slumber I found this:

Isn’t it adorable? This landscape is for LMG’s turtle; aptly called ‘Spiral’. Most girls are into ponies, but mine’s into turtles; of course. The attention to detail is just beautiful, Spiral has a bathroom; complete with toilet and sink, a slide and swing and he’s even self sufficient with his own fruit trees.

Not only that but it folds neatly down for easy transportation; what better way to move house?

Now where are my scissors and pens…

About the Author ()

I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.