Entries by Glenn Meeks

The Carbon Cycle

The Carbon Cycle Forest ecosystems play an important role in regulating the atmosphere’s chemical composition. Young trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, store the carbon within their trunks while they grow, and release oxygen, giving us clean air to breathe. In fact, trees absorb so much carbon that their chemical composition is about 50% […]

Upcycled Wood Pallets: The Forklift & Palate Restaurant

The Forklift & Palate Restaurant If the walls of the Forklift & Palate Restaurant could talk, they would tell a tale of American enterprise and vision comingled with respect and care for the environment. The Forklift & Palate Restaurant is housed along with The Warehouse Hotel and Spooky Nook Sports facility in a repurposed industrial […]

2 Types of Recycled Pallets for Export

2 Types of Recycled Pallets for Export The sustainable standards of ISPM 15 regulations apply to recycled wood pallets and prevent them from spreading wood boring insects across international borders. These standards help ensure recycled wood pallet and crate companies do their part to protect the environment. ISPM 15 separated recycled pallets into two categories: […]

Wood Pallets and ZIKA: Get the Facts

How Mosquitos Cross Borders The spread of the Zika virus within the United States has changed the protocol for exporting shipments to other countries. However, this hasn’t changed the way wood pallets are prepared for export. As described in our previous post, the ISPM 15 requirements exist to prevent the spread of wood-boring insects across […]

ISPM 15 and Sustainability

History of ISPM 15 The International Stands for Phytosanitary Measures No. 15, referred to in the industry as ISPM 15, is an International Phytosanitary Measure developed by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC). According to its documentation, the primary goal is to “reduce the risk of introduction and spread of quarantine pests associated with the […]

Successes of the Montreal Protocol

The Montreal Protocol This month marks the 26th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol, one of the most successful international treaties that has, among other things, reduced the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere. Forests are also critical in meeting the challenge of total emissions reductions through their ability to act as carbon sinks […]

Finding Pallets for DIY Projects

Finding Pallets for DIY Projects In the United States its estimated that there are more than 4 billion pallets in circulation yet about 100 million still end up in landfills. One growing trend that has helped keep pallets out of landfills is using them for do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. Pinterest is flooded with creative ideas to […]

Forest Fire Prevention: Facts, the Public Campaign and Best Practices

Forest Fire Prevention: Facts, the Public Campaign and Best Practices The United States National Park Service estimates that in the United States, 90% of all forest fires are caused by humans and the remaining 10% are from natural causes. Humans can cause forest fires from campfires that are poorly extinguished and lit cigarette butts that […]

Mulch and Pallets: A Connected Life-Cycle

Mulch and Pallets: A Connected Life-Cycle Wooden pallets can be recycled many times over. At some point though their cargo-carrying days are over. However, that is not the end of the line. It is actually the beginning of a new life cycle for a different product: hardwood mulch. An estimated 32 million yards of mulch […]

Pallets Move the World: Urban Coffee Farm

Pallets Move the World: Urban Coffee Farm Urban Recycling Wooden pallets stood at the center of attention during the 17-day Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. Wood is a natural product that can be recycled, reused or upcycled in a variety of ways. Whatever you call it, the HASSELL design team used pallets donated from a […]

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