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Cardboard beds made to raise awareness of homelessness

Jonathan Warren

31.10.2012

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Jonathan Warren
Sleeping in a cardboard box doesn't sound like the most comfortable way to spend the night, but it's a reality for many people - and to drive home the point, a packaging company in Devon has created corrugated cardboard beds in aid of a charity sleep-out. Laura Furnifer, a designer at Atlas Packaging, created the unusual beds to help the Sleep Out event, which will see people in the area spend a night outdoors to raise awareness of homelessness. The beds, which are 100 per cent recyclable, are constructed with divisions that trap air and heat from the sleeper to reduce heat loss. They are made from a strong board grade of cardboard for durability. "Here in the design department we are always being presented with new challenges from constructing corrugated Formula 1 cars to creating structural packaging for pretty much any product you can think of," Ms Furnifer told the Western Morning News. "So, we thought, why not a bed?" The Sleep Out event takes place tonight (October 30th) and was organised by Encompass, a charity that works with homeless people.

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