A Swiss team from ETH Zurich proves that a strong structure can be made out of old paperboard that can be repeatedly re-compressed and re-configured

According to the EPA, in 2012, the United States generated about 251 million tons of trash. Statistics like this make us uncomfortable waste is neither a resource nor a product, and thus we force it out of our consciousness. What if we didn't have to push our waste—even our recycling—aside?

This concept has, of course, has become very commercially appealing with all the recycled goods now available to customers, but ETH Zurich, the science and tech-focused university in Switzerland, recently took the concept to a new level of ambition at the IDEAS CITY Festival in New York's Lower East Side.

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