The people over at Way Basics were kind enough to send me small sample package of their recycled and recyclable furniture pieces called “zBoards”, which I quickly assembled into a nice shelving unit we keep by the front door:
So what exactly is the big deal with this stuff? Well, for starters, the pieces are made from 99% post-consumer recycled paper that is turned into superbly strong boards that weigh 62% less than particle board, so they make for pretty strong furniture pieces. It took me about 10 minutes to put together 10 of these boards to make the shelving unit above, which is a lot less time than stuff from IKEA takes me to put together! I didn’t need any tools, any glue, or any hardware – the pieces had adhesive already on the right sides so all I had to do was take the paper off the strip and stick the boards together. Easy as cake. You can either buy packaged furniture designs or just buy a bunch of their boards and design your own – it’s a pretty cool idea. And when you are done with them, they can be recycled as-is, with no waste whatsoever. Here are some design ideas from the website:
Way Basics is a founding member of the Sustainable Furniture Council, and they’ve pledged to donate 5% of sales to Help1Up, which provides household furnishings to families in desperate need — victims of natural disasters who’ve lost everything they owned, women and children escaping from domestic violence, working families below the poverty line, and others requiring a hand up. Pretty great if you ask me. If you want to learn a little more about them, check out the Way Basics website!
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