Designer Pallets

Eco-Friendly Rustic Furniture

Eco-Friendly Rustic Furniture

Traditional Furniture

Furniture traditionally hasn´t been particularly eco-friendly. Many items of furniture are made from wood, and this has not always been grown as part of a sustainable program. This hasn´t been so much of an issue in the past, as furniture was built to last and a single item of furniture would be passed through many generations of a family. Therefore many years of use would come from a single item – sometimes hundreds of years.

Low Cost Furniture

The trend over recent years, however, has been towards mass produced low cost furniture that is sold without any expectations of a long life and with a view to being changed regularly. The effect on the environment, however, can be significant. Besides the resources and energy used to create new items of furniture, consideration needs to be given to the packaging – often paper and plastic that goes straight to landfills, and, of course, the mileage that is clocked before an item even reaches the stores. Many low cost furniture items are not made in the U.S. Add to this the mileage involved in actually delivering furniture to stores and then to its final destination, plus the mileage incurred by the consumer as they shop around and the amount of carbon emissions generated starts to get significant, increasing our carbon footprint.

What is Eco-Friendly Furniture?

Eco friendly furniture is furniture that is created in a manner that has minimum negative impact on the environment. This means that where wood is used, it has come from renewable sources and any chemicals used in the process do not pollute or harm the environment. Additionally, minimum resources are used, including keeping delivery and mileage to as low a level as is feasible.

Environmentally friendly furniture can also be used to describe furniture that has been created from recycled items. This is green living at its very best! Furniture made from recycled materials are the ultimate green combination of creating something new and exciting from discarded and unused items. This keeps rubbish out of landfills and reduces the need to burn precious energies used by creating something from virgin resources. Ideal materials that can be recycled into furniture are floor boards, railway sleepers and wood cladding.

When considering eco-friendly furniture, do not overlook second-hand items — great items can often be found at garage sales and thrift shops. These, again, are extremely environmentally friendly, with the added benefit of often being low cost and many times, unique.

Buying Eco-Friendly

Many stores now sell a range of eco-friendly products and if they don’t, Designer Pallets is just a phone call away!

Buying eco-friendly furniture is an important part of green living and is a very rewarding purchase. The increasingly wide range of styles and options available means that there is bound to be an option to meet every taste!

 

Additional Extras

Additional Extras

Do Pallets Have Purpose?

At Designer Pallets we are pallet snobs. We handpick through mountains of pallets for the choicest materials. Typically hardwoods such as oak, cherry, maple and poplar & only pallets which have been treated  by A/C heat, never chemically. Many of us have recognized the quality of wood that gets tossed away in pallets. Pallets must be constructed of durable materials to sustain the weight of products during shipping.

We get them from the landfill or on their way there.  While it feels great to be part of the reverse impact on our Mother Earth, the larger driving force is honestly that these beautiful, interesting, and durable pieces shouldn’t be there in the first place. And, would be nearly impossible to source anywhere else.

With a little creativity and a lot of effort, we succeed in fulfilling the demand for new products with a solid quality, in a timely manner, and on budget again and again.  Not only do these pieces tell a story of where they’ve been, they serve as a reminder, that what we need to do better for ourselves and our children, is right in front of us. We care deeply about design and function; our style is dictated by challenge and whole-hearted creative quality.

The Metamorphosis

Hardworking Artisans lovingly dismantle pallets, cut or pull nails, sort boards by dimension and species, and try to keep an ongoing stock of materials to work from. Each piece is then hand worked, saw blades sharpened or replaced, twists and warps accommodated for, unique challenges addressed, and solutions achieved. We always pay attention to the beautiful grain of the wood and often showcase the aspects which tell the story of its past lives.

When we are not busy filling orders or harvesting stock, we like to keep busy in the creation mode. All of the Designer Pallets products are made to order, and can be accessorized according to your needs and budget.

We Finish

* Rustic for the most natural look, lightly sanded, and covered with a sealant

* Varnished in a light or dark varnish

* Stained with an array of stain colors to choose from

* Painted for indoor or outdoor use

Wheels

Embossing and Photo Printing

Please feel free to contact us to discuss any finishing and accessorizing requirements that you may have.

Without all of this, Designer Pallets just wouldn’t be any fun!

Repalletize

Repalletize

At Designer Pallets, we procure pallets from local business, and source only the best quality used pallets, which we then creatively re-purpose into furniture, indoor and outdoor, decking and decoration.

Just like other packaging solutions, wooden pallets have a shelf life. But once their functional life ends, you don’t necessarily need to throw them away. Wooden Pallets have a very good recyclability quotient. Many businesses choose the smart option of recycling these pallets instead of shedding it in the waste. Recycling of wooden pallet includes sorting, re-furbishing, dismantling and revamping of the damaged, worn out structures.

The process of wood pallet recycling helps in diverting wood waste from landfill, aids in extending the life of pallets and providing refurbished pallets at lower prices. It also offers numerous benefits such as reduced levels of deforestation, cleaner environment and reduction in soil erosion.

Why Recycle Wooden Pallets?

Waste from wood increases both financial and environmental costs. It is advantageous to recycle wooden pallets as it renders many economical and ecological benefits. These recycled pallets are cost-effective and curtail the costs involved in Warehouse Management Systems. They also reduce total waste disposal charges of the business as recycling or reusing pallets saves used wood from going into the waste bin. The financial cost can also be decreased by selling salvaged parts of multi-purpose wooden pallets.

The recycling of the wood not only benefits the businesses but also helps the environment. The recycling or reusing of wood and timber helps in diverting them from landfills. It reduces needless logging of the forests which helps in the conservation of valuable natural resources.

Uses Of Recycled Pallets

* Recycled timber or wood is used for making non-composted mulch which can be used on plantations, gardens, highways and municipal parks.
* Wooden planks can be reused as surfacing material for pathways in parks, gardens and golf courses.
* Softer grades of wood can be recycled and used for making slides, swings and climbing frames.Wooden pallets can be revamped into planks that can be used as floors and walls in construction industry.

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