It’s not often that I come across a product impresses me as much in person as it does in theory. A few weeks ago as I was reading one of my favorite blogs, Apartment Therapy, I came across an innovative new company called Way Basics. They make a product called zBoard, which essentially is a basic, eco-building block for anything you can imagine. A little vague, I know, but the product is so versatile that its also a bit hard to describe.
zBoards are made of 99% post-consumer waste paper and are 100% recyclable. Intrigued yet? I know I was. Of course, the first question that came to my mind was “how strong can these zBoards really be if they are made of recycled paper.” The simple answer: Strong enough to build bookshelves, tables and even beds, all fully capable of holding the weight that their functions would require.
Despite this promise, I had to try it for myself, so I was thrilled when Way Basics sent me a sample of their Cube², a basic piece made of 2 stacked cubes that is part of their series of pre-designed pieces. It had to be assembled, so I called in my husband for reinforcement. Little did I know how easy the task would be. It took us less than 10 minutes to assemble it…seriously. How often can you say that about furniture? Assembly essentially consists of peeling away adhesive backing and pressing the edges of the pieces together. Despite the humble construction, it is amazingly strong. We have been using it as low bookshelf with a lamp on top, and it shows no signs of buckling.
Way Basics has earned themselves a fan, and I’m more than happy to pass the word on to my loyal readers.
Why It’s Green:
- Made of 99% post-consumer waste paper
- 100% recyclable
Price: Their pieces are remarkably affordable, ranging from $1.75 for a shelf divider, (yes, that’s $1.75) to $62 for a three shelf bookcase.
UPDATE: I used one these to create a great storage system in my daughter’s room. Want to see how it turned out? Click here!
Want to win one?
The folks at WayBasics have been gracious enough to offer up a Cube² worth $34.75 in green (a fitting color) to one reader of Green Your Decor who can come up with the most innovative use of zBoards. It may seem like a daunting task, but think of them as human-sized Legos. Armed with a stack of zBoards, you can build anything you want, from a side table to a desk, bookshelf, buffet table or even a bed.
To participate, head on over to Way Basics and check out their design gallery for examples of the pieces you can create. Don’t worry about the details, like how many zBoards you’d need or how much the finished piece would cost. Just come back here and leave a comment before 11:59 p.m. August 14, 2008, about what you would use WayBasics zBoards to build. The possibilities are literally endless! You can add doors, dividers, legs and other accessories to make your idea unique, so don’t limit yourself to a simple shelf. The ideas will be reviewed by Way Basics CEO Jimmy Chiang and I, so may the most innovative suggestion win!
You can enter as many times as you’d like. Please leave only one suggestion per comment. The contest is open to U.S. and Canada residents only, and irrelevant comments like “I’d love to win this”, “This is awesome” or “I’m trying to go green” will be deleted. Remember, the entry period ends at 11:59 p.m. August 14, 2008.
SIDE NOTE: If you’re wondering how Way Basics could possibly get any greener, it’s all about the way they do business. When I asked Jimmy Chiang to ship me a Cube² so I could give it away, his response was as green as they get: To save freight and carbon emissions, they would ship to the winner directly. I couldn’t argue with that logic 🙂
Good luck! And while you’re here, if you haven’t already, don’t forget to sign up for Green Your Decor via RSS or via email. Either way, you’ll be sure to receive all the updates on awesome new products from Green Your Decor and more fantastic green giveaways!