Okay, here’s the deal, I came across a blogger rant a few months back about why we should absolutely NOT be using rescued pallets in our interiors for things like a DIY wood pallet bed or flooring. The arguments are compelling indeed and have made me re-think all those ‘pallet projects’ I’ve promoted over the years.
Consider the history of recycled wood pallets
- They are “exposed to water, all manner of vermin and insects” and bird droppings.
- They are often treated with chemicals to make them resistant to fungus, mold, and insects
Think about 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.
Wood Pallets are susceptible to fungi
- 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.
Other concerns when considering a wood pallet bed
- 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.
Bu MY pallet is SAFE. Maybe not
- 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 the argument in a nutshell and it’s a total buzzkill! 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 this changed your opinion of pallets used in interior decor? Should I stop promoting rescued pallet projects?