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September Newsletter: Gym Floor Furniture

Cooler Times, Cooler Deals.

Not much is better than jumping in Quinn’s Pond on a hot Boise day, but I’ve got to be honest, I’m enjoying the cooler temperatures this week. As we slide into the fall with cooler times approaching, we have some cool deals as well. You might remember the lot of Hardie Siding we have for sale…well we are dropping the price 15% on everything. Yeah that’s like three grand.

It seems like all we’ve talked about lately is this awesome maple gym floor we have..but I’m telling you, it’s awesome stuff! We partnered with a local creator to showcase the possibilities of this unique material. The reclaimed maple coffee table and end stand set captures the story that this (and many of our materials) have to offer. Keep your eyes peeled in the coming months for some furniture and other goodies built from reclaimed materials for sale.

Hyde Park Street Fair

Snowballing off this cool build project  we were at the Hyde Park Street Fair last weekend showing off some of the items that we have built, and can build for you out of salvaged and reclaimed materials. We made 16 pieces of signage for this event to help point folks in the right direction as to what can and cannot be recycled as a part of the initiative to keep the Fair’s environmental Impact down. These signs use 100% salvaged materials. The wood frames made from maple gym floor. The stakes from that floors underlayment, and even the clips holding the material are from a set of clothes hangers once destined for the landfill. Check out some pictures below.

Embodied Energy

This weeks educational piece is a bit more brief than normal, but it’s a pretty awesome concept that I want to introduce everyone to. An often forgotten, but critical part of the sustainability matrix is embodied energy. This big fancy term is the sum of all the energy required to produce any goods or services, considered as if that energy was incorporated or ’embodied’ in the product itself. For example let’s take a cardboard box. The embodied energy of a box consists of all the energy used to grow and harvest and transport the raw materials, then process them into a useable form, ship them to the cardboard maker, process, heat, and press them into a box, add any glue or ink, package that box, and ship it again.I know I’m probably missing some steps, but you get the picture.

Using something that already exists in place of of buying new allows us to skip that entire process once. Instead of drawing on more materials, we utilize the energy captured in an existing product. I know it seems like a daunting task, or like it’s not worth you time, but it can be learned to apply this concept to our designs, operations, and purchases, just as we have learned our current typical process.

Thank you for your time, I hope each of you were able to take something away from this letter.


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