Eco-friendly, environmentally sustainable, and beautiful in color.
Dimensions: 19″L x 12″W x 12″D
• Hand-built in the USA
• Constructed from Colorado's beetle kill pine trees
• All natural. No harmful stains or chemicals
• Built-in handles for portability
• Eco-friendly and environmentally sustainable
Our unique blue pine crate is not only beautiful with its blue-toned hues, it’s also environmentally sustainable and eco-friendly. Making the best out of an unfortunate situation, we utilize Colorado’s lodgepole pine trees that have been killed by the destructive mountain pine beetle, recycling the wood and turning it into a product that can be treasured and admired in your home or business. It's our way of helping sustainable forestry and improving the health of Colorado's forests, right here in our own backyard. Constructed with over 100 hidden nails for strength and durability, this crate also features the classic accent of built-in handles to allow for easy transportation. Stack these any way you wish—the possibilities are endless!
What is beetle kill pine?
We're often asked by our customers, "what exactly is beetle kill pine?" It's a great question, and while the simple answer is that it's pine killed by the mountain pine beetle, it's far more interesting than that. The crew at National Geographic published a great story on the subject in April 2015, which you can read by clicking here. Our friends over at the Sustainable Lumber Company also wrote up a great article discussing the biology of the wood, which you can read by clicking here.
Where were the trees harvested?
On June 11, 2013, a fire began in a treasured region of our state known as the Black Forest, located northeast of Colorado Springs. Although fully contained within 10 days, the fire left a wake of destruction, burning over 14,000 acres and destroying over 500 homes. The devastation was immense, and what was left behind was a forest of burned beetle kill trees that had already died prior to the fire, and had easily ignited on the fateful day.
The Colorado State Forest Service quickly devised a plan to help restore and rehabilitate the area back to its natural state, removing the charred trees and encouraging new growth within the region. This meant having a lumber mill come in and begin the process, which began in the spring of 2016. When we saw the opportunity to be a part of the recovery by having the rough lumber planed down smooth and turned into beautiful apple crates, we jumped on it. The thousands of trees that may otherwise become firewood or mulch could now be salvaged, recycled, and used in homes and businesses around the country for decades to come.