Aug 122016
 

Pallets, Recycling Natural Resources

 

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The humble pallet spaza

 

Innovations the Pallet Way

Increasingly, we live in a world that is rewriting the rules. Climate change, poverty, and war (where animals and people are victims) blights many of earth’s most beautiful countries. So people fight back – salvaging, recycling, educating, planting and improving. But nowhere is this more visible than in Africa; a continent full of inspiring stories.

Today we feature the humble pallet, that ubiquitous relic of a world economy based on transporting vast quantities of goods over immense distances. By container ships, goods trains and trucks, pallets are distributed all over the world and they wash up everywhere. Piles of them stack up behind sheds and warehouses, rotting in the sun.

Incensed by the waste of such fine wood, M has made several pallet projects we use and enjoy. But wandering our corner of Africa, we found some really ambitious pallet projects that leave our paltry offerings in the shade.
 

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The owner and one of the proud builders

 
Items made from old pallets have become chic, even trendy. Their rustic wood has that industrial edge that fits the hipster ethos and they are turned into expensive tables, cupboards and accessories all over the world.
 

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A house with a useful extension

 
Look at these wonderful creations! Most are made using pallets and very little else except for ingenuity and imagination! You can make anything by reusing old materials like pallets; they can be crafted into useful things that you won’t be able to find in any store. Try walking into Ikea and buying a complete church!
 

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Bachelor pad says “Mind your own business” in Shangaan (Tiva Tawe)

 
Want to start a little spaza-shop – make some much-needed cash and supply the community with fresh bread and vegetables? Well, first you get your pallets and …
 

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Caught in the act!

 
Has there ever been an item reused more creatively, with more function and practical application than the humble wooden pallet? Something made to help move large quantities or large objects in and around warehouses and shops.
 

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Pallet church and outbuildings

 
The pièce de résistance is this after hours ongoing project. Come to Africa – we’ll show you how it’s done!

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Meet Our Authors: The Wildmoz team, Cari and Moz, have a lifelong passion for the Bushveld and share adventures and stories about Africa's good things. Wildmoz is Africa - the cradle of life! Travel writing about wildlife, African folklore, wildlife art, Kruger Park and wildlife safari info! Taste life as it is in Africa.
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