Eco Friendly ~ Non-Toxic
Modular Storage SolutionsYes, it's a cube. Yet once you put this most-basic Way Basics piece together, you'll find dozens of uses for it ...
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It'll be a cubby to store toys, magazines, DVDs or books in. You'll use it as a light, portable extra seat. The cube is strong enough to serve as a stepstool to reach those high cupboards in the kitchen. And it's the first building block for your own customized furniture ideas.
We believe we've invented the simplest, most ingenious furniture ever. Ultra-easy to put together, sustainably made and completely recyclable, it's made from environmentally sound building blocks we call zBoards that'll inspire your creativity with playful possibilities.
And when you buy Way Basics furniture, you're helping improve the world in other ways, too. We work with furniture banks around the country to help those families in desperate need -- victims of natural disasters who've lost everything they owned, women and children escaping from domestic violence, working families below the poverty line, and others requiring a hand up - not a handout.
We're founding members of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, a coalition united to promote environmentally healthy practices in the industry, and to help consumers identify good furniture choices. We are also proud to announce that in 2008, Way Basics went zero via the Conservation Fund's "Go Zero Program". This means that we offset our company carbon emissions by planting trees at the Red River National Wildlife Refuge! To learn more visit the Conservation Fund.
zBoard: Save Money and TreesIt took us 10 years to perfect the ingenious building-block zBoards at the heart of our business. Our patented, environmentally sound manufacturing process turns post-consumer recycled paper into superbly strong boards that weigh 62% less than particle board. zBoards are just as solid and structurally sound as any engineered wood furniture, yet they're made from one of the simplest materials ever - paper.
We designed these marvelous building boards to be versatile and easy to assemble, and came up with a new way to put the pieces together. Strategically placed super-strong adhesive strip is the answer - all you do is peel off the protective covering, stick the blocks together, and you're done. If you're creating your own design with zBoards, you can also use screws or hardware if you like.
zBoards are water-resistant and easy to clean. They come in different colors and both light and dark wood-grain designs, so you have options to fit your decor. They're also available in white, which makes a perfect canvas for your own imagination.
The World's Easiest AssemblyIn these packages, you won't find mysterious collections of screws and nails, or complicated diagrams and instructions. That's because you can put these unique zBoards together without tools or hardware. Super-strong 3M brand adhesive strips let you fit the pieces neatly together. Just peel, stick and you're done. Honest. See the assembly videos on our website.
These thoughtfully designed step-by-step furniture kits are so easy to assemble and so versatile, you can also mix and match zBoards to fulfill your furniture fantasies. Since Way Basics products are modular, it's easy to add on to your creation if you need more storage or want to use it for a different purpose. Then paint, wallpaper, or embellish them any way you like as well. (Kids love to decorate their own Way Basics stuff.) That's something you definitely don't get with most assembly-required furniture.
Differences between zBoards, particleboard, plywood, solid wood, or MDF:
zBoards are made almost entirely (99%) from post-consumer recycled paper, and do not consume additional natural resources like trees and the enormous amounts of water needed to make virgin paper. While very strong, paper zBoards are made from the lightest form of wood byproduct.
Particleboard is made from wood particles (like wood chips, sawmill shavings, or sawdust), which is bound together with synthetic resin or other materials, then pressed and extruded. It is fairly heavy.
Plywood is engineered from thin sheets of wood veneer in layers that are glued together. It's fairly heavy and expensive. It also means that trees must be chopped down to harvest the wood.
Solid wood is made directly from lumber, which means chopping down thousands of trees which adds to the continuing deforestation of large areas of our planet. Solid wood furniture is heavy and generally very expensive.
MDF stands for medium density fiberboard, a variety of particleboard. It's made by breaking down softwood into small wood fibers and particles that are then bound together with wax and resin. The panels are formed by applying high temperature and pressure. This manufacturing process uses lots of energy resources and puts contaminants into the environment.
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