Ecowood Blog

Discussions about Ecowood Displays and how we interact with the Green world. 

Do Shoppers Give A Hoot About Sustainability?

Don George - Thursday, March 12, 2015
A recent article in the National Real Estate Investor asks the question, "Retail Sustainability: Do Shoppers Really Care?" 

We have been building out green retail interiors for over twenty years now and can tell you that it does matter to many shoppers. Our clients are happy to display the signage we provide to them to tell the story of the reclaimed wood we used in their project. It makes a statement about their company's values and exposes their shoppers to the concept of reuse and conservation. Shoppers take note and identify this with the store's brand. Even smaller retailers can benefit greatly by building their brand using sustainability as a core value.

Read the original article here 

New 'Indu' Retail Fixture line from Ecowood Retail Displays

Don George - Monday, February 23, 2015

Ecowood Displays has release details on it's new line of Retail Fixtures called 'Indu'. An outgrowth of it's popular Industrial Chic series of Moveable Feast Multipurpose Rolling pieces, the new line incorporates beautiful Reclaimed Wood along with the look of black iron pipe and fittings. Fully adjustable Faceout Arms allow for versatile product display. The new Cash Wrap rolls on Industrial Casters. Click here or call Ecowood at 800-452-1679 for more information. Available now. To take a look CLICK here.

Spring in the Wine Country

Don George - Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Eco News

It's definitely spring here in the Sonoma Valley. The first new buds have appeared on the vines and we're ramping up for some exciting spring projects, but as always have plenty of other irons in the fire. Last year we rolled out a new line of retail furniture that has a new look and feel for us. We call it Industrial Chic. Combining elements of Reclaimed Wood, Recycled Barn Roofing and Galvanized Pipe, this line gives you that look and feel of the past with the functionality that you need today to display your products in their best light. Our great friends over at the Girl and The Fig use 3 very large versions of the Movable Feast bar in one of their venues. Shown here is a 120" version greeting guests for an event. The Moveable Feast can be used as a bar, buffet and even as a desk for cooking classes! I know, because I attended one.


Yes, longboards. We've been using waste materials from our Cash Wrap projects to make awesome veneers that we press into pro grade Ecowoodie© Longboards. Using top of the line trucks and wheels, some consider our boards too beautiful to ride, but they are designed and built to be ridden. You could hang one on the wall and just admire it's awesomeness, or shred down the nearest hill. Your choice...


We have many more new things coming down the pipeline so stay tuned...

The Girl and The Fig And Ecowood Displays: Will work for food?

- Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Girl and The Fig and Ecowood Displays:  Will work for food?

You may remember a while back we were very excited to do a little custom project for, hands down, our favorite restaurant in Sonoma (the world?).  When the owner, Sondra Bernstein, called us to see how we might help with a new project, we were ready to lend a hand.  The Kickstarter project, Suite d, was to be "an unlikely place for uniquely fun times and culinary inspiration". 


We started with four massive barn doors made with our reclaimed Douglas fir beams (Tracy) 

during Phase One.  They cover up the industrial roll up door from the inside and when the outdoor patio was in use, they would open to provide passage between in the indoor and outdoor spaces.

Then we finished Phase Two with what would be termed the "movable feast bars".  These were designed and constructed to be rustic and versatile.  One side would be a serving buffet.  Turn it around and it can be used as a service bar.  Put them back to back and they are a two sided buffet.  Or you could create an "L" or a "U" get the idea!

btw....we bought the cooking class and will be sharing with our friends from Conscious Corners.  Looking forward to cooking up some farm fresh veggies and maybe a local fish or two.


A New Look with Ecowood "Do Over" During Trouble Economic Times

- Tuesday, October 11, 2011

One of our long standing customers came to us with the desire to create of fresh and uniform look among their chain of stores to redefine their brand.  With the economy being what it was, there was not enough budget to start from scratch.  In addition, a make over, using what you already have, is a very green and eco friendly choice.  From the very beginning, we have built Ecowood Displays to have a long life of useful purpose.  Some of the Ecowood Displays that we would be making over were ten years old and still going strong.


The Old Bellevue Store

To create the new look, we worked with their designers to implement the plan to change out some of the parts on the existing Ecowood Displays with galvanized steel.  We also used some of our post-industrial waste from our cash wrap production line to create a new "skin" that was applied to existing cash wraps, for a fresh and current look.   The result was remarkable.  See for yourself!


The New Seattle Store


The New Los Gatos Cashwrap

So take a look around your store(s).  Do you need a makeover?  Give us a call.  We'd love to explore the possibilities with you! 800-452-1679    Ask for the Head Ecowoodie, Don.  He is our idea guy!



"Why Is There A Bra Hanging In Your Office?"

- Wednesday, September 21, 2011

"Why is there a bra hanging in your office?" I can't tell you how many times I heard that question asked over the past few months. The bra that I speak of was hanging right next to Don's desk, so, a few not so politically correct remarks floated about as well.  The REASON was, we were working on a new and fun project for our favorite gals at Title Nine Sports. We had been helping them re-brand their stores with retrofits on their existing retail displays (a very green, eco thing to do, btw) and adding fresh cash wraps, faced with our reclaimed post-industrial wood. The "No Bounce Zone" area was designed to bring it all together for the wow factor.  

After many hours of planning, meetings and revisions, more meetings, more revisions, we got to pull the trigger and bring The Bra Wall to life.  We were able to use a lot of reclaimed post-industrial fall down for the "boxes" and found a nice white paint that fit our green standards. The backing was produced by the staff at T9 and if you look closely, you'll see the words are words and slang used to describe, for lack of a better word, "boobs".  Melons, eggplants, headlights.  You get the picture.

We love the way it looks and hope it brings great success to our gals.  If you are In the Palo Alto, CA area for any reason, stop into Title Nine Sports for a peek and say "hi"!   Or stop in your local T9 and ask. "When is The Bra Wall coming?"



The Devil in Plastic Bags and the Industry That Makes Them

- Monday, June 13, 2011
If you have been paying attention the last few months, you have heard that the plastics industry has been going after municipalities for banning one-time-use plastic shopping bags.  If you have been following us on Twitter, I have been filing these articles in the "Cut Me A Break" file with the hashtag #plastic.  The industry has also filed suit against reusable bag companies, namely, our favorite, ChicoBag. The suit claims that ChicoBag made false statements in their marketing about the benefits of ChicoBags vs. the detriments of plastic one-time-use shopping bags.  Today's Treehugger article reported that the plastics industry may have a hard time proving their case.  Ya think?

A couple months ago, I attended the expo at the CA Green Summit.  Not long after walking through the entrance door I came to the booth sponsored by The American Chemistry Council.  They were handing out pamphlets titled, "Plastics. Too Valuable To Waste".  They offered me a bag made of recycled shopping bags that could hold my shopping bags at home. "No thanks. No need."

 I never really thought too much about these plastics bags until about tens years ago.  I was fly fishing up in the beautiful Hat Creek Valley and I saw a grocery bag submerged near the shoreline of the pond I was floating on.  I took my net and tried to scoop it up and, poof,  it disintegrated into a bazzillion pieces. The tiny pieces were the perfect size for trout to swallow and no doubt they would.  That was the day I not only swore off plastic bags (and got my ChicoBags on), but made a commitment to begin eliminating plastics from my life and from our products at Ecowood Retail Store Displays and Fixtures.  

We've done pretty well.  We started by looking at the way we package our reclaimed wood Floor Fixtures and Point of Sale modules.  Then we looked at our parts and hardware and made some improvements there.  Next we found an alternative to the plastic hangers that many of our customers were using and created B*green Bamboo Clothing Hangers. The biggest challenge has been our pallet bundling materials.  Recyclable metal banding was damaging products during handling in spite of cushions, so we still use nylon.  And an alternative to pallet wrapping system has yet to be found so we switched to the greenest stretch film we could find (Thank you Dennis!).  It's an ongoing challenge, but we are determined!

So what about you?  Do you use plastic bags or packaging in your retail stores or in your product?  If so, what would it take to get you to commit to the elimination of plastic from your business?


Rematerial, New Trend or Old News?

Don George - Wednesday, May 18, 2011
     In an ever changing world of greenwashing and green products that verge on outright fraud, the ability to repurpose and reuse materials that would otherwise enter the waste stream just seems too simple of a concept to work. Unfortunately, many people view waste as that unwanted collection of stuff that just needs to go away. Many don't know what happens to their waste after they throw it in the trash bin. It just seems to magically disappear, creating a neat and tidy space for them to live in. As a manufacturer of lines of products that are made from waste, I view the waste stream quite differently. For me, waste is a valuable resource that is at the very core of my business. Without it, Ecowood Displays would be just another manufacturer making products that have no place in this fragile eco-system. Check out this great article in Inhabitat about author Alejandro Bahamon's new book, "REMATERIAL, from Waste to Architecture" for another view of waste as a resource.

Garden Harvest Donation presented

- Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Presenting to the Executive Director, Jim Dasher were Don & Colette George  (standing in front of our EcoShelving!)

We were very happy to gather with our friends at Conscious Corners in Maryland, and present a donation to one of their chosen charity organizations, Garden Harvest.   

The mission of Garden Harvest is the alleviation of hunger & the improvement of nutrition of economically disadvantaged citizens worldwide.  They accomplish this by the establishment of community farms that teach people, of all ages & any ethnic background, the methods of organic and sustainable production of fruit, vegetables, eggs, & wool. In the near future they will also include milk & cheese.  The goal is for them to learn how to grow food for themselves & for others.  No food is sold and all extra food is donated to local food banks.  They provide the fresh and perishable foods that so many food banks are lacking.

It is the good folks at both of these organizations that make the work we do such a pleasure!


Ecowood Displays Has Left The Building....And Landed In Sonoma, CA!

- Monday, January 31, 2011

 Bugging out.

The decision to move was made last summer.  The location and shop space was chosen by end of fall.  December 2010/January 2011 was our target move time, since most of our Ecowoodies are busy with the holiday selling season.  The challenge was to keep some sort of production going for customers who needed product produced.   So it was decided, it would be done in stages.  First the office and office staff would be moved into place.  Then a small working shop and inventory of wood and hangers.  Then the final "big move".

Leaving Mount Shasta

After months of planning and five truckloads, Ecowood Displays has finally (and completely) landed in Sonoma, CA.  The last truck was unloaded this morning.  Our new shop (photos to come) is twice the size of our old facility and much closer to our suppliers, which will allow us to better serve our customers.  Our transportation vendors will no longer have to contend with snow and we will have pick up service available to us five days a week!   Turn around times will be quicker with our new spray booth and drying room.  No more need to stoke up the fire to get your displays to dry!

Arrival this morning (with our Camp Pendleton redwood on the back)

Ready to unload

And the really good news for you?  You now have an open invitation to come and visit us in Sonoma Valley Wine Country whenever you are in the area.  Want to come pick up your orders?  We will have a Will Call department to serve you.

Although this is a new place for Ecowood Displays, our parent company, Plexus Pacific Industries, was started in Sonoma back in 1982. So for us, we have come home and full circle.  We look forward to becoming a good citizen to our, now local, market of retailers and to the community of Sonoma.  

Be sure to let us know when you will be in town.  Cheers for now!

Don & Colette
The Head Ecowoodies