Reshape, Inform, Inspire:

 Adaptive Reuse of Pallets

 A pallet is a flat transport structure that supports shipped goods in a stable manner while being lifted by a forklift, pallet jack, or front loader.

 Containerization for transport has increased the use of pallets because shipping containers have clean, uniform, and level surfaces needed for easy pallet transport. Today, over half a billion pallets are made each year and about two billion pallets are in use across the United States alone.

 A pallet is the structural foundation of a unit load which allows for the handling and storage of material goods. Goods or shipping containers are often placed on a pallet and then secured.

 While most pallets are wooden, pallets also are made of plastic, metal, and paper.

 The cheapest pallets are made of softwood and are often considered expendable, to be discarded as trash along with other wrapping elements, at the end of the trip. These pallets are simple stringer pallets, and liftable from two sides.

 Slightly more complex hardwood block pallets, plastic pallets and metal pallets can be lifted from all four sides. These costlier pallets usually require a deposit and are returned to the sender or resold as used.

 Wooden pallet construction specifications can depend on the pallet’s intended use and the type of fasteners desired to hold the pallet together: staples or nails.

 The question becomes: what happens to pallets after they are used? Are they simply sent to the landfill? Our proposal is that pallets should be re-purposed, in this instance for a bus stop.

What do you all think should be available at a bus stop?


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