Eco Home Living

Published on September 2nd, 2009 | by Derek Markham


Recycled Paperboard Furniture from Way Basics: Simple, Strong, Green

Tired of supporting the plywood industry? Looking for an alternative for home furnishings that you can feel good about? Check out the WayBasics line of 99% post-consumer recycled paperboard shelving! No off-gassing, no virgin paper or wood used in the manufacture, just a simple, strong, green addition to any room.



The WayBasics line is made from zBoards – paperboard and corrugated paper in overlapping layers, made with a proprietary process – which are just as strong as common particle board constructed furniture. The company refers to the zBoard as the “carbon fiber of paper”. And because it’s made from paperboard, the zBoards can be recycled again at the end of its life. Even the packaging is made from recycled materials.


WayBasics furniture is designed for use for most storage, home, and work purposes. Shelves can hold up to 100 pounds, and you can easily add a divider/support zBoard and hold up to 100 pounds per shelf for your really big and heavy things. These extremely sturdy yet lightweight boards hold up to plenty of use, and the assembly is super simple: “Just peel, stick, and you’re done. No tools, no hardware, no fuss.”


The line includes shelves, cubbies, tables, even desks!

zBoards are made in Taiwan, using an eco-friendly water-based glue. According to the company, Taiwan inherited advanced Japanese paper engineering and manufacturing processes which enable 74% of its total paper production to come from recycled paper. Taiwan also recycles 60% of paper used, compared to 50% here in the US.

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lives in southwestern New Mexico and digs bicycles, simple living, organic gardening, sustainable lifestyle design, slacklining, bouldering, and permaculture. He loves good food, with fresh roasted chiles at the top of his list of favorites. Catch up with Derek on Twitter, RebelMouse, Google+, or at his natural parenting site, Natural Papa!

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