With all of the amazing feats of engineering humans have accomplished up until now, it's pretty baffling that we're still packaging our pizza in clunky cardboard boxes that require the skill and precision of a Tetris master to jam into a refrigerator. But is there a better way? We recently visited certified green restaurant Pizza by Certé in Manhattan and were introduced to a smarter, more efficient alternative. Called the GreenBox, the revolutionary invention is slowly changing the way people eat pizza with its eco-friendly, easy-to-use, transforming design. Check out our video after the jump to see how.
NOTE: The video states that the pizza box comes in two different sizes, but there are actually now six different sizes available.
The GreenBox was invented by William Walsh after he got the idea to re-use the top of a pizza box as plates for his friends back in college. Walsh, who unfortunately passed away back in 2011, used his business degree and minor in mechanical engineering to take his clever hack to the next level by patenting and selling his GreenBoxes to pizza places under the company EcoVention, LLC.
“I went to a local restaurant, I bought 50 or 100 pizza boxes — the guy thought I was out of my mind — and an exacto knife, and a straightedge ruler,” Walsh told photographer David Friedman in an inventor spotlight back in 2011. “I spent 3 or 4 days in my apartment creating different options, like different alternatives how I could utilize this base material to do something else… I came up with 4 or 5 different designs, and I took the best function from each design and came up with this current design.”
Manufactured in New York by Pratt Industries, the GreenBox is made of 100% recycled materials and can be recycled again as long as it remains unsoiled. That’s obviously not the easiest thing to do but we noticed that Pizza by Certé lined our box with a sheet of paper to keep things from getting messy. You could also just cut away any oily, saucy parts of the box and recycle the rest.
Would you want your local pizza place to use the GreenBox? Let us know in the comments below.