Linus is a man with high expectations. His vision for lttstore.com strives to be environmentally conscious, functional, and aesthetically pleasing in every project we take on. And these expectations recently came to a head in a wall art project I've been working on.
The early pitch was pretty simple - we wanted to use lumber as an easy to assemble and sustainable frame... But as the project progressed, we wound up running into some issues with the consistency, supply, and of course recently sky-high cost of lumber.
After chatting with several suppliers of lumber and moulding - the crown kind, that is - we realized that we would be limited to either plywood or MDF... Both of which are chock full of glues and other materials that make the 3 R's (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) quite difficult. Not to mention they may not be strong enough for what we want to do…
We were starting to lose hope... but then an unlikely hero popped up. Could PLASTIC be cheaper, simpler to use, AND easier on the environment than our lumber solution??
I reached out to a local plastic extrusion manufacturer about some of our smaller parts and their response exceeded my expectations... Not only could the parts be made from a recyclable plastic, but there was a possibility that they could use 100% reground (effectively recycled from existing manufactured plastics) material!
After a bit of iteration, we modified the wooden panel design to work with plastic extrusion, giving us a stronger and more consistent product with a surprisingly similar weight to our wooden prototypes.