Archive for January, 2017


A Few More Creative Ideas for Used Delivery Pallets

January 20, 2017

It seems people are catching on to how delivery pallets can be recycled in all sorts of creative ways.

Here are some more photos of creative pallet use, to get you inspired.

How about low-level living-room seats and coffee table?

Office furniture – with glass top, so your pens don’t fall though!

Home movie studio seating – nice!

A compost frame – complete with recycled carpet

The family picture wall

A deckchair

Err, a wall, even?

And how about a bedroom suite, with bed, bed-side tables and end-of-bed tables are all made of old pallets!

There’s even an online community that shares many more ideas: 1001 Pallets.

Many builders merchants will have a few old pallets to spare, if you ask nicely.  We don’t have many at TBS, though, as we use them in our wood-burning boiler for sustainable energy through the winter.


Meet the Staff: Alan’s Back from the Edge!

January 17, 2017


We have some rather wonderful news from TBS Towcester branch. Alan Jones, stalwart counter salesman of many years, is back at work.

Nothing special in that, is there? Well, yes there is. Half way through last year, Alan was so ill that he had to give up work and was having banks of tests. A potentially terminal diagnosis was given. But to the delight of colleagues and customers, Alan has rallied so well that the diagnosis was changed. This week he returned to the plumbing counter.

It’s not the first time that Alan has made a dramatic comeback – years ago he nearly died of meningitis. But he keeps confounding the predictions! He says he can’t stand being away from his many friends at TBS, and he’s thankful for all the goodwill and support while he was away.


Recycle Your Old Tools and Workplace Materials – Here’s How

January 13, 2017

Is your garden shed full of old tools? Did you inherit your dad’s old toolkit? Or maybe you’re a fitter with a load of boards you need to shift? All too often, the easy answer to this common dilemma is to hire a skip.

But is there a better way? What if your old equipment could be used by charities to help the world’s poorest people?

TBS were asked by the nice folk at The WorkPlace Depot for our thoughts on this matter. So we put together a blog post with plenty of helpful links to various companies and charities which receive tools, equipment, white goods, used timber, etc. You can read the article here:

Of course, you could recycle things on location…?

TBS is always ready to receive your old tools, as we always have a charity project in a developing country which we support each year. For example, this one:


Tools donated to TBS were used on this project in Sierra Leone


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