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palletcentral.com PalletCentral March-April 2014 19 t took b sq. Design studio just 105 pallets, each 5" high, 40" wide and 48" long, to create the ultimate pallet garden for their annual installation at the Canada Blooms festival. The design firm wanted to do something different: rethink opportunities for humble pallets that extend their environmental life-cycle benefits. The clever use of pallets to create a small garden house and incorporating them as garden elements has given new meaning to uses for these common commercial shipping materials that would normally be shredded into mulch at the end of their traditional life-cycle. The b sq. Design firm is just one of many architect and design firms that PalletCentral has seen recently who are incorporating wooden pallets and using them in new ways at trade shows, in retail spaces, and in commercial and residential applications. Architects and designers are constantly challenged to think outside the box and create unique, cost-effective spaces for their clients. A natural option is incorporating wooden pallets into the design because they are often more readily available than other surface materials. The A.R.E. (Association for Retail Environment) is forecasting an increase in pop-up shops for retailers, industry and consumers. You will likely see wooden pallets increasingly incorporated into commercial projects across the globe. Send us your pictures of these unique and creative uses for pallets, or share a tweet to @palletcentral and we'll feature more of these inspirational projects in the future. PC At the end of the Canada Blooms festival, the entire installation was dismantled with the pallets returned to warehouses until their next useful life. Photo courtesy of the Society for American Florists. I Photo courtesy of b sq. Design Studio Inc. ReThink Pallets

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