Here at Transition Kenmore we like to promote the three R's: reduce, reuse, recycle. Plus extra ones such as repair. Making some of your own furniture is one way to put some these principles into practice.
It doesn't have to be complicated either, if you have cardboard, string, some cloth and a needle and thread (which should be most members of our community group) then you can make an attractive looking foot stool.
Hat tip to the creative geniuses in the family, my wife and her brother for showing us how it's done.
1) Take a bunch of old cardboard
2) Start cutting out identical sized pieces
4) Stabilise with cardboard retainer round outside, hold in place with string
5) For a bit of comfort, cover with dacron, sew up
6) Cover with fabric
So, sure you can just recycle your cardboard, but why not put it to use as something functional? Reusing some "waste" products and reducing the number of trips to Ikea.