Okay, here's the deal, a blogger by the name of Nick went on a rant a few months back about why we should absolutely NOT be using rescued pallets in our interiors. His argument is compelling indeed and has made me re-think all those 'pallet projects' I've promoted over the years.
First he points out the history of rescued pallets.
- They are "exposed to water, all manner of vermin and insects" and bird droppings.
Then he brings up E. coli & Listeria.
- The National Consumers League did tests on shipping pallets and found that 10% tesed for E. coli and 3% for the VERY NASTY Listeria.
Then he mentions fungus.
- Remember when Tylenol recalled a bunch of product a couple years ago because it "smelled funny?" They found out it was due to a chemical called 2,4,6-tribomophenol. Ultimately Tylenol blamed the outbreak on pallets. To which the pallet industry, cried foul.
And if all that isn't bad enough...
- Think pallets made of engineered wood and cardboard might be a better option? Think again; they're oftentimes loaded with formaldehyde.
- Engineered wood and cardboard are also notable harbingers of 'creepy crawlies' like cockroaches.
- Also of concern is the stuff shipped on the pallets, which could include noxious items that off-gas themselves.
One of Nick's readers took this picture:
THEN Nick counters all those "but MY pallet is SAFE" arguments.
- You used only kiln dried pallets. Great, but left in any damp & warm situation (see rainy pic above) for any amount of time and they become a breeding ground for mold.
- You sanded and washed your pallets. Great, but boring insects and chemicals might still be in there.
- You know where your pallets came from. Great, but companies reuse pallets all the time.
So, that's Nick's rant in a nutshell and it's a total buzz kill! BUT it's also a very compelling argument that is hard to dismiss. To read the entire article, follow this jump.
Now, tell me what you think. Has Nick's rant changed your opinion of pallets used in interior decor? Should I stop promoting rescued pallet projects?