I don't know how many peach crates are being used these days, but 700 million wooden shipping pallets are produced in the U.S. every year, and 150 million of them end up in landfills. According to the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, there are more than 33 million refugees in the world, and the Pallet House Project has found a way to provide housing for refugees while diverting shipping pallets from landfills.
|A 250-square foot house can be constructed of 100 recycled pallets by five people within a week using hand tools.|
Architecture that uses pallets for everything from poolside bars to trim on commercial buildings has been spreading like crazy in the last two years. Other designers are coming up with ways to keep pallets from landfills by using them to construct furniture.
|Photo by Rogier Jaarsma. From improvisedlife.com.|
This great conference table was designed by the Dutch firm Most Architecture as part of a temporary space for the company Brandbase. They also designed desks for their client's space.
Then, there's the rustic look of DIY pallet furniture like this sofa made by The Ironstone Nest. She includes how-to directions on her blog.
|This sofa was built by the owner of The Ironstone Nest, a home decor and re-finishing blog.|
|Photo from improvisedlife.com.|