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Wooden Pallet Pumpkins Craft Night at Thimble Island Brewing Co.
October 10, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Wooden Pallet Pumpkins Craft Night at Thimble Island Brewing Co. will be held on October 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. There’s nothing better than fall in Connecticut! Start it off right by joining Craftivate at Thimble Island Brewing Co. October 10th to make a Wooden Pallet Pumpkin! You can use this pumpkin as a wall / door decoration or use it as a free standing mantle / shelf decoration. Design an Autumn or Halloween themed craft. Start with painting and add on embellishments to your liking! Everyone’s craft is always different, and we can’t wait to see what you create! One of the ways to consistently make money is to find a product or service that people need, and that you can do cheaply. It would be even better if in the process of filling that need, you felt like you were doing something good for the planet, or for other people. Recycling wood pallets for money is exactly that kind of business. There are literally thousands of people out there with pallets they want to get rid of, recycling centers who will pay you good money for them, and you are doing something good for the environment in the process. Here you can read more information about wholesale pallet manufacturer.
While it cannot be denied that wood still reigns in the pallet industry, the growing popularity of pallets made from plastic is not to be denied. Even though wood controls approximately 90 percent of the United States’ market for pallets, plastic accounts for only a meager 2-5 percent. Wood pallets may still be the most popular, but the plastic pallet market has more than doubled in the last 10 years or so. Plastic has one up on wood in its re-usability factor since wood will deteriorate over time. Further, wood needs to be repaired at periodic intervals; this is not so with plastic. Our world is all about going green and saving our environment. We have to save our trees and wood has is becoming scarcer by the year. So what is stopping plastic from taking over the pallet market? Probably the high cost of manufacturing the pallets. In evaluating the application of the two types of pallets rather than just the good or bad of the product, we need to see which one uses the least energy and is more environmentally friendly. In order to do this evaluation, we have to see what type of pallet is reusable in its original form. To this end, we should not forget that wood is replaceable just as resource lumber is renewable. Plastic on the other hand is made from petroleum, which is not a renewable resource. Wood is totally 100 percent recyclable and biodegradable while plastic isn’t. Despite all of wood’s positives, the plastic pallet continues to gain importance; it is made by injection molding, thermoforming, rotational molding, and structural foam and compression molding. A variety of markets – including pharmaceuticals, automotive, grocery, foods, and beverages – are all making the changeover. As mentioned earlier, usability is the major reason so many companies are going with plastic pallets and many manufacturers have capitalized on this by creating new designs specifically for each industry. There are many low cost options available on the market now to compare quite favorably with their wood counterparts. Low cost is achieved by the use of resin that has been recycled and scrap regrind.
The city of Grand Rapids agrees and works hand in hand with Michigan in considering wood pallets as ‘clean wood’, which can be reused, land-filled or used as bark mulch and fire wood unlike the scrap wood and treated wood. Being the country’s center for furniture production, Grand Rapids is committed in bringing world-class wood products while striving to be environmentally responsible. Wooden pallets are very much preferred and used by small and large companies, farms and even homeowners in Grand Rapids. This is because wooden pallets are cheaper than plastic and metal pallets. Another reason is that they are made from renewable resources and are recyclable; and most importantly, wood pallets have high friction to make loads more secure. The wood pallets recycling business owners in Grand Rapids usually collect pallets from around the entire city and state, sort them for rehash and repairability, fix them, and then sell the repaired pallets back to the previous user or another buyer. Workers disassemble the pallets that cannot be salvaged and cut to size for reusable parts. Larger operations need varied degrees of automation for disassembling, assembling and stacking pallets. Depending on the condition, a single pallet may require a slight or full repair process where a dismantling machine is needed to remove boards off the stringer. The reclaimed and reusable parts are then reclaimed to become fully reusable again. You might want to build up the sides of your pick-up truck, so you can haul more wood pallets per load. Keep in mind when your out collecting wood pallets you’ll want to make as few trips as possible, which will help keep your gas expenses low and it save you time and that puts more money in your pocket.
As always, all the crafting supplies and instruction is provided by Craftivate. We will be there to guide you and help you with all of your crafting conundrums. Be sure to bring snacks! Purchase all of your wine and beer from Thimble Island Brewing Co.
Craftivate and Thimble Island Brewing Co. are family friendly! Crafters ages 14+ welcome! 21+ to drink, of course.
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