Unusual Uses for Wood Floors
Going green and being environmentally friendly is all the rage in the twenty first century. It can sometimes lead to some surprising ideas and innovations. Wood flooring is one of many items, which is now being recycled. While some wood flooring can be put to similar use, perhaps used again for wood floor repairs or something similar, Brian Lopez, a craftsman, from Richmond, Virginia in the United States, has come up with a novel way to recycle the wood floors, which are used on local basketball courts when it comes to be time to replace them. Lopez founded his own company, Glide Skateboards, two years ago back in 2009. He has begun using the wood floors from basketball courts to make skateboards with. Lopez handcrafts the wood floors from basketball courts into durable and collectible skateboard products.
Writing on his website, Lopez says, “We believe it’s time to stop depending on mother Earth for resources and to start co-depending with her for a sustainable future. We put love and soul into every board we make and hope it resonates in the rider”. Perhaps the cleverest part of the scheme is that if and when those boards are no longer useable, the wood in them can then be recycled again for use in furniture, with another company, Deckstool, which is based outside Philadelphia, have already started doing just that, with an idea that was the brainchild of Philadelphia industrial designer Jason Podlaski.