Here’s a brilliant concept that I’m shocked hasn’t been a staple of the pizza delivery industry for years now: a recyclable pizza box that transforms into tableware and storage for leftovers.

Before I describe this new invention, Green Box, a reminder of how wasteful pizza delivery is:

We all know that pizza delivery is big business. I can't find exact numbers that capture the immensity of this cultural, culinary fixture but I don’t think I’m going out on a limb by saying that we all have a little red sauce and mozzarella cheese coursing through our veins. Pizza joints are constantly trying to out-innovate each other with things like real-time online delivery tracking, bowls made out of pizza dough, and "natural” alternatives. But the one thing that’s been neglected: those cumbersome cardboard pizza boxes that often can’t be recycled and are usually just tossed along with the household trash.

Even though I usually pick up my pies rather than have them delivered (I live above a pizzeria), I’m still stuck with the blasted boxes. If I’m munching by myself I don’t use a plate but if I have guests, I provide them. They usually aren’t used. I wash them anyway making the whole ritual a water-wasting hassle.

In terms of storing leftovers, trying to shove a pizza box into a refrigerator ain’t easy and if there aren’t leftovers my boxes sadly go sadly straight down to the trash. All and all, a terribly inefficient, wasteful dining experience no matter how you slice it.

This is why Green Box is so genius. Instead of tossing it, this clever redesign of the traditional piece box lets you use the top of the box as four serving plates while the bottom can be configured into a nicely sized storage container for leftovers. The box itself is made from 100 percent recycled content (most pizza boxes are made from 60 percent recycled content) and can be recycled.

Pizza lovers, what do you think?

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Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

The perfect pizza box
A new invention, Green Box, makes enjoying delivery pizza at home a lot less cumbersome and a lot less wasteful.