One of the most abundant and useful waste products I can think of is pallets.
There are over half a billion of them produced each year around the world, and by my reckoning, that adds up to a load of free and very useful timber that’s probably going to waste each day all over at warehouses and yards near you.
I was recently given a stack of them and it got my creative mind roaming
So what can be done with them? Well fortunately for me and you, lots of people have already been fretting over that question and have come up with some really cool designs. I thought I’d share a few that I would like to try myself.
The first design is by friend and fellow Paekakarikian John Wraight. He prefers to use pallets made of American Oak to the more commonly found Pinus Radiata ones. Apparently the Oak ones last significantly longer.
This next one is great for so many reasons…
The Palletten Haus takes it to a whole other level! Designed by students in Austria, it won the 2008 GAUDI European Student Competition on sustainable architecture.
You can read more about it here Palletten Haus
And while we’re on the subject of students… Here’s what a Danish bunch built at the Aarhus School of Architecture read more
There are endless examples of smaller projects you can build for around the house and garden. Some of the better looking ones can be found here
And finally, for those who really want to pimp out every corner of their section pallet-styles. This site has so many ideas and easy to follow photo sequences. Make sure you scroll all the way down to the Home Hang-out