It all started with an office chat about how we can celebrate Earth Day as a company. Lot’s of ideas were thrown around such as helping to clean up the American River, cleaning up a park or even going on a hike as a company but none sounded like something we could get a lot of hype from our coworkers for. After pondering for a bit we thought about building something and then thought of what we could build and why it would pertain to Earth Day. Then the light bulb hit… We have an almost endless supply of pallets (it’s what all out paper comes in on) and we have some creative employees!
We started off as maybe building something as a company and then we decided to make it a little more interesting and make it a competition. To add to the fun we made sure that everything that went in to the project was to be re-purposed excluding the fasteners (nails, screws, hinges) and the paint or stain. We got a lot of excitement out of all our coworkers and had almost the whole shop on board to make something. As time went by it dwindled down to four solid projects and a few people wishing they had time to do one. As we got closer to finishing we asked one of our closest customers Preserva Products if they had any stain lying around that we could use for our projects. They graciously gave us four gallons of different color stains to use and they were beautiful colors.
Rae our main customer service gal made a beautiful coffee table with her husband Kyle. Danielle our graphic designer made an awesome windowsill planter box and even re-purposed a plant from her compost pile. My project was a joint effort with my husband Ian and we made a little table for our three year old daughter (chairs to come later).
The projects all turned out amazing but there was one that stood well above the others. Jordan our WINNER made an out of this world bench and table. The bench includes a re-purposed galvanized metal bucket that can be used with ice for drinks. He even created the star stencil out of other pallet boards to be able to burn the star into the table.
The pallet project competition was a HUGE hit and really made a bigger impact on social media than we had thought. After only four days of Facebook voting we reached over 6400 people and almost 4500 of those were organic. We had twenty-five shares, sixty-seven comments and three hundred and twenty-three likes on Facebook. It by far exceeded any of our expectations.
Stay tuned for another pallet re-purposing competition later in the Summer that will include our friends, family and customers!