It’s a Hard Knock Life for Pallets

It's a Hard Knock Life for Pallets

Pallets and packaging tend to go through a lot of rough times, as they fulfill all of their many responsibilities. They suffer scrapes, bumps, and bruises, due to all of the different equipment that they come in contact with. Although, pallets and packaging are frequently used and abused, they are not fortunate enough to reap the benefits of the labor. Unfortunately, when business is being discussed, pallets and packaging usually do not receive the credit that they are due, are often forgotten about, and are given very little attention. Once created, they are used in various ways, by different people. This involves people buying the pallets and packaging, while others use them however they choose to. As stakeholders in pallet providing companies come to realize how their processes were costing them unnecessary money, they began to think of how they could put the pallets and packaging to better use.

It was thought that if prices of the pallets and packaging increase, that the stakeholders would have the ability to save money in other areas. However, the purchasers did not agree with the price increase idea. Another idea, was changing how the pallets and packaging are treated and put together, would be a solution. But when thinking about all of the details that are involved, some complications could possibly arise. To start the process, all T’s must be crossed, and all I must be dotted. This would mean that stakeholders will be involved early in the process, rather than waiting until later in the process to get them involved. Aside from the stakeholders, the equipment that are used for the pallets and packaging need to undergo some changes as well. In order to correct the problem, changes have to be made to every part of the supply chain, not just one area of it. When it comes down to it, the design of the pallets and packaging can make a big difference in how they are handled, and in how long they will last.

Make A Pallet Swimming Pool For Under $80

Make A Pallet Swimming Pool For Under $80

Have you ever wanted your own swimming pool? I daydream about having a pool in my backyard at least once a week but whether you live in the south or in the north a pool for $80 is a steal! At that price almost all us could afford one.

How can you do it? A savvy Facebook user named Torben Jung has posted instructions on just how he built a swimming pool out of pallets and other recycled or inexpensive materials on that minuscule budget. He posted a slideshow so we could all see how this brilliant feat was accomplished step by step.

So not only is the dream of having our own swimming pool more achievable than ever thanks to someone’s creative genius but we can also make the great idea our own by customizing the swimming pool to meet our desires. It could be bigger for those who dig the pool party scene or smaller for those who just want it for their children.

I think you could even change the shape to an oval or pretty much whatever shape fits your needs. As long as we are being creative here why not buy a few extra pallets and make a ladder for climbing into that delightful pool or maybe a mini deck next to it so the kids don’t track in dirt!

London Firefighters Battled Pallet Inferno on East Duck Lees Lane

London Firefighters Battled Pallet Inferno on East Duck Lees Lane

On Tuesday, July 21, 2015, shortly after 10:00 a.m., London firefighters were on the scene at East Duck Lees Lane as hundreds of wooden pallets were consumed in a fire. The entire industrial estate as well as more than 20 vehicles were damaged by the fire. More than 70 firefighters and at least 10 fire engines were present battling the fire. Nearby residents were advised to keep their windows and doors closed to prevent smoke entering, and some people and businesses were evacuated.

Thick, black smoke was seen billowing above the flames from the site. Parts of Mollison Road was closed due to the fire. The fire was seen across east London, and the fire brigade received more than 20 calls about it. Pictures of the blaze were shared on various social media sites.

Due to the presence of suspected gas cylinders, firefighters were doing their best to keep them cool to prevent their explosion as they were exposed to the heat. Firefighters from Enfield and the surrounding areas of Chingford, Woodford, Dagenham, Holloway, Edmonton, Stoke Newington and Tottenham were called to the scene around 10:10 a.m. There was no known cause for the fire.

Brigham City’s 11 Year Old Entrepreneur Helps His Scout Troop

Brigham City's 11 Year Old Entrepreneur Helps His Scout Troop

Eleven year old Sam Davies was determined to go to Boy Scout camp. However, his mom told him he’d have to figure out how to somehow earn the money on his own. Sam knew his mom wasn’t going to go back on her decision, but he wasn’t deterred. He realized he’d have to come up with a plan; $200 was a lot to make in one month.

Looking around his family’s home, he noticed a wooden pallet that had an American flag painted on it, a previous family project. He formulated a plan: he knew how to make one; a few more should be easy, he reasoned. He started with three to see if they would sell, asking his mom to help him list the painted pallets on a local classifieds webpage.

After listing the pallets, hoping to sell perhaps ten to cover his camp costs, it was soon apparent that they underestimated the appeal. Within minutes, there were 50 orders!

Sam’s mom was duly impressed by Sam’s stepping up to the plate. She spoke proudly of her son’s dedication. At first, she was happy that he had simply made an effort to use his imagination. Even if the pallets didn’t sell, she appreciated that he was trying. Joy soon turned to amazement, however, when the pallet orders mounted to way past the original planned ten.

Apparently, the citizens of Brigham City who saw the ad passed the word on to others, because the orders soon jumped to over 100. He eventually had to engage the help of three older sisters and friends. Thankfully, a family friend donated the required pallets. The final count came to over 200 pallets at $25 each, bringing in enough money to support the camp costs for the entire troop.

Most of the excess money was placed into tithing, his mission and savings.

Despite his normal 11 year old desires to play, he heeded his mom’s urging to get to work. Now, although he does kind of miss the work, Sam is eager to get back to his life and spend time with his family and friends.

Pallet Gardening Saves You Money

Pasadena Skid and Pallet is a Houston pallets and skids supplier delivering to the Greater Houston area.

It is getting to be that time of year when people all across the country want to put in a garden in their back yard and start growing their favorite fruits, vegetables and flowers. However, many people also have large trees in their yard, or limited space that makes it nearly impossible to attain a flourishing garden. Luckily, there are various options that you can use that will allow you to achieve that lush garden you are searching for in a very limited space.

Pallet Gardening is the new rave in gardening techniques, although the same principles have been around for a very long time. In essence, pallet gardening is growing your pots and plants in a pallet, at an angle. The theory here is that they will get the same amount of light, although they will not be taking up horizontal space on the ground. This is called vertical gardening and the technique has been incredibly successful, as is utilized by people all around the world. By growing your plants in this manner, you will be able to grow far more plants in a confined space, however, if you have a large yard or space to grow in, you can grow in a small area and still use the rest of your yard for whatever else you might want. This is an incredibly innovative way to utilize space in your yard and the interesting thing is that the plants grow just as well in this manner. Plants inevitably lean towards the sun, thus, they will still grow straight up, while providing you with a much more effective growing space. To complete this type of growing method, you will need landscaping fabric, in order to seal up your pallet. Simply hang excess fabric over the edges, so that you can fold back around the sides and staple them to the pallet. After you do this, you should be able to fill the pallet with dirt and put your garden into action.

Pallets to Profits – Entrepreneurial Ingenuity in Motion

Pallets to Profits – Entrepreneurial Ingenuity in Motion

Central Career and Technical School has a plan to make money by literally creating something out of nothing.

On April 10th, Central Tech plans on launching a company dubbed Pallets to Profits. The company’s objective will be to manufacture wooden products such as house signs, planters, and stepping stools out of shipping pallets donated from local businesses.

In addition to the pallet program, the company will also produce metal products from scrap and donated steel.

The unique business model developed for the Pallets to Profits Company is twofold in design. Not only will the raw materials needed for overhead be acquired on a donation basis, but labor will be pooled from students enrolled in various shop classes offered by the school. The hope is that with operating costs minimized, Pallets to Profits will be quite lucrative.

In conjunction with good financial yields, the hope of instructors at Central Tech is that the program will move students from classroom theory into actual manufacturing experience. This change will help find jobs for the students faster after they graduate because their knowledge base will be bolstered by hands-on understanding of production processes.

Mat Pundt, the director of career and technical education in the Erie School District shared his enthusiasm for the program. For him, the business would serve three major purposes. He summarized those as follows:

  1. Exposure to entrepreneurship and experience in manufactured goods.
  2. Repurposes unwanted materials like lumber and metal through donations – an environmentally friendly practice that would save the district money in supplies.
  3. Central Tech programs would become self-sufficient by funneling in profit from sales with almost no foreseeable overhead.

Because Pallets to Profits would be a full-fledged business, there were several considerations to make before mass production could begin. The students were tasked with researching product design & building prototypes, creating product sales pitches, and conducting market research by interviewing local consumers.

House Made from Reclaimed Pallets Stands up to Tropical Cyclone

House Made from Reclaimed Wooden Pallets Stands up to Tropical Cyclone

A unique little house designed and built by three university students and constructed out of wooden pallets withstood category-three winds, ranging from 111 to 129 mph, from Tropical Cyclone Marcia’s that battered Rockhampton, Australia in February. In fact, the little house faired so well in the storm that it could serve to become a prototype for temporary emergency shelters in disaster-struck regions.

Constructed over a year ago by Angus Hughes and two friends, students at Central Queensland University, the house won a national competition that put the house on the road to wider-spread construction. Hughes two accomplices, engineering students Mattison Rose and Jessica Kahl tweaked the draft, turning the house into a flat-pack design and allowing it to be released as emergency housing, putting marginalized Australians to work building pallet-house kits.

The three Rockhampton students were in Melbourne when Tropical Cyclone Marcia hit, and were definitely surprised when the house held its ground while other sturdier structures around it were badly damaged. Hughes said he realized their little house could serve as an emergency shelter prototype when he saw everything that was going on throughout the storm, with his family’s home taking on some damage from the cyclone, but the pallet house remaining virtually unscathed.

Hughes said that he and his classmates are focusing on disaster-relief shelters as part of “The Big Idea,” which is a project hosted by “The Big Issue,” an independent magazine sold by homeless, marginalized and disadvantaged people in Australia. Hughes said their plan is to set up a business, with their business plan being fine-tuned with the expert help of The Big Idea as well as accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. Hughes said the next phase of the venture is to conduct a comprehensive research project into the feasibility of building larger houses from pallets.

Michigan Artist Turns Scrap Pallets Into Works of Art

Michigan Artist Turns Scrap Pallets Into Works of Art

Recycling isn’t always a heavy industrial process of breaking down old object to reuse the material in them for new products. Sometimes, it can be a labor of art, as Kalamazoo native artist Adam Cefai proves. Adam has built a reputation for himself as an artist by creating geographical representations of the Great Lakes and their surrounding states in the medium of jointed pallet boards. His latest creation is an amazingly accurate cutout of the state of Michigan, surrounded by the lakes.

Adam’s pieces of artwork begin from a simple concept: that of using recycled material to produce something entirely new. All of his cutouts are made from boards harvested from pallets he finds in his area. Generally, he finds pallets that are being given away and that would wind up in landfills if not used. In this sense, Adam is reducing waste, one piece of art at a time.

His inspiration for this line of art was a post he came across online of someone else doing something very similar, but using new material instead of recycled. Realizing that the same thing could be achieved by culling specific boards from pallets, Adam went to work with his jigsaw and produced the first of many cutouts. Spurred on by support from social media groups he posted pictures to, he also began creating his Great Lakes cutouts to sell to interested parties across the country. He now treats his art as his own small business, selling his pieces for good prices to buyers who love both his craftsmanship and his environmentally conscious method.

The popularity of Adam and his artwork seems only to be increasing with time, and he has branched out to doing cutout pieces of other geographical features for customers who request them. His art teaches the fine lesson that recycling is more important, and sometimes more aesthetic, than one might think.

Make Trendy Custom Furniture With Recycled Wooden Pallets

Make Trendy Custom Furniture With Recycled Wooden Pallets

Purchasing new furniture can be expensive, time consuming, and doesn’t always fit with current decor styles. For those that don’t have the time or budget to shop for new pieces of furniture that can end up costing thousands for quality furniture, consider making your own with recycled pallets. Recycled pallets are not only cost effective, but allow for uniquely customized pieces that fit perfectly with existing furniture, and present room decor.

Everything from living room tables, chairs, grills, outdoor planter containers, to beautiful rustic wood floors, customized entertainment stands, and eye-catching shelves, can be made at little or no cost. The best part about making wooden pallet furniture is creators will find an endless supply of building materials. The National Wooden Pallet & Container Association report more than 1.5 pallets per day are used to transport goods in the United States. After transport those pallets are often not reused and end up discarded or being used in recycling.

In an age of recycling and innovation pallet furniture makers will find an endless supply of ideas at such websites as Pinterest, 99 Pallets, 101 Pallet Plans or 1001 Pallets. Pinterest alone will display beautiful results of pallet projects, such as kitchen cabinets, garden paths, and wall gardens. Facebook pages for 1001 pallets, and 101 Pallets will unveil projects, such as children’s desks, tool racks, consoles, and even bed frames.

Dr. Alex Yergiyev, pathologist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, began making pallet furniture after finding instructions for a buffet table online. He kept the buffet, but has made a hobby and business out of making wine racks, and tables, which he sells for $50, and $150.

Third grade teacher Donna Zang also has a thriving online furniture business using recycled pallets. She makes a variety of products including wine racks, towel holders, and a variety of frames and tables. Her prices range from $15-$250 depending on the product. She initially put a few products online and had ten orders in 12 hours.

Once pallets have been found they have to be taken apart, and the slates sanded and cleaned for reuse. Most pallets are heat treated, which makes them perfect for reuse. When attempting to use old pallets, however, keep in mind older pallets may not always be safe for reuse. They were sometimes treated with formaldehyde, so never use questionable pallets. One of the best parts about building pallet furniture is all it takes is a few clicks of the mouse button for custom made designs and thriving hobbies.

Recycling Wooden Pallets This Holiday Season

Recycling Wooden Pallets This Holiday Season

Warehouses use a copious amount of pallets everyday. These wooden pallets are durable, however, they won’t last a lifetime. Someday they will become warped and too weak to be used. Many pallets are only used just one time and then disposed of. This is such a waste of good wood that can be used elsewhere. Too many wooden pallets end up in a landfill. These pallets are still useful in many ways.That’s when it’s a smart idea to consider having these pallets recycled.

The best use for these old wooden pallets is as fire wood. With the holidays coming up so soon, wood will be needed even more to heat fireplaces and keep everyone warm and cozy.

It’s not always necessary to cut down perfectly good trees when there are so many wooden pallets available to be recycled. Too many trees are wasted in this manner. Recycling the wooden pallets is much better than just disposing of them. It is good for the environment, and keeps the trees in the forests where they belong. Wooden pallets are not biodegradable and with the world thinking more about being green, recycling the pallets is a wonderful example of caring for the environment.

One place that is really involved in this recycling project is Denver, Colorado. PalletFest is held in October. It focuses on recycling wooden pallets. This unique festival offers live music, a pallet maze, food and drink, an up-cycled fashion shop, and many more exciting activities. PalletFest is held to get people excited about recycling wooden pallets and have them be used in a creative manner.

October is the perfect time of the year to have a PalletFest. The weather is getting a nip in the air. The wooden pallets are available to take home and be used as fire wood on those cold, snowy evenings in front of the fireplace. Just imagine sitting there with a delicious glass of wine, or a nice, warm hot chocolate to take the chill out of those bones. No one really cares what kind of wood is in the fireplace; as long as it warms up the atmosphere in a cozy way.