Monday, December 17, 2012

the Single Most Important Object in the Global Economy

Pallets.  A long-time favorite of those who love to make, and we’re no exception.  Considered by some to be the single most important object in the global economy, after seeing this amazing Baobab Tree created in South Africa, we couldn’t resist a post reminding ourselves of what a great resource they can be.  Over 80% of worldwide commerce (not just U.S.) moves around on pallets.  Over 2 billion are in circulation worldwide, in virtually every country, and over 2/3 of them are used only once.  We hope the trend isn’t over.
What would you do with them, Lagos?  Send us your sketch, and we just may build your design at our fair next weekend!

 Above : Bicycle Powered Baobab tree made from recycled pallets by Daniel Popper.

Fold-Out Pallet Chair by Gas & Air Studios, via DesignMilk.

 Meditation Chamber by Phil Allard and Justin Duchesneau

Theater Made From Recycled Pallets by Oudendijk and Korbes

 Upcycled Pallet Planting Bed, via TreeHugger.

Pallet Work Table.  Plans available here.  We think a rougher’ version would be just as useful and have even more character.

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