DS Smith trials recycled cardboard bird boxes

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The recyclable water-resistant coating means the bird boxes can survive outside and serve a similar role to boxes made out of timber
I do hope that the thermal properties of the bird boxes are being considered. The picture seems to ...

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Packaging producer DS Smith is trialling a water-resistant bird box made from recycled cardboard.

The recyclable water-resistant coating means the bird boxes can survive outside and serve a similar role to boxes made out of timber.

By using carboard, large quantities of bird boxes can be flat-packed and transported, ready to be installed on site.

DS Smith hopes to donate the boxes to national charities, wildlife trusts and councils to protect wildlife, grow the UK’s bird population and create a closed-loop system.

It will also work with schools as part of its global Community Programme to teach students about environmental and social challenges.

The company’s network of over 700 designers have produced full size cars, pop-up obstacle courses, racing boats and fridges out of carboard.

Greg Dawson, director of corporate affairs at DS Smith, said: “With our Community Programme, we are inspiring the next generation of inventors to think outside the box and redefine packaging for a changing world.

“From cardboard tents for the homeless, to toy trucks for disadvantaged children, DS Smith is always looking for opportunities to work with customers, consumers and charities to create something new and exciting that has a positive impact on the world around us.”


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The intention seems great, but not totally convinced this would work in reality. I hope it is being tested in a variety of weather conditions, including strong winds. Also that the thermal properties would be comparable with a wooden bird box, as per previous comment (presume it must be double walled, with insulating gap). Also that predators, such as magpies and wood peckers, cannot peck straight through the cardboard

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I do hope that the thermal properties of the bird boxes are being considered. The picture seems to show a box made of 'standard' cardboard box thickness material. This might not give thermal protection to eggs and young during the broad range of ambient diurnal temperature fluctuations in spring, nor the greater protection needed as a winter roost.

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