Reclaimed wood being fabricated into product displays

Why We Use Reclaimed Wood for Sample Displays

It’s no longer just a growing trend, people and companies are becoming more socially and environmentally conscious.

Big City Beards Scent Samples - Allspice Organic Beard Oil, Eucalyptus Organic Beard Oil, Sandalwood Organic Beard Oil.

At Big City Beards it's no different; we are always actively looking for unique solutions to reducing our environmental impact and support our local community. With a little effort and constantly asking how what we are doing will impact our environmental footprint, our product sample display is a great example of how we made an impact within our own community. We were able to design and develop a solution for our retailers to provide in-store scent samples for their customers that is:

  • 100% Bio-Degradable and made from recycled materials,
  • Uses reclaimed wood from a local Vancouver Island wood mill waste pile,
  • Manufactured by a local Nanaimo company using no chemicals or inks.

    Why is this important?

    We believe it is good to operate our company by considering the affect it has on our communities, lives, and the health of the environment and atmosphere. Most product samples displays are manufactured using a variety of plastics that have a huge impact on the environment because they are not bio-degradable and plastic by nature is usually not recyclable. Like all product manufacturers, we need to support our retailers with information and marketing materials to help inform customers about our organic beard care products. As a result, with changing promotions and new products being launched throughout the year; that adds up to be a significant amount of plastic and non-bio-degradable advertising materials that are being shipped out to retailers across North America every year. That has a significant environmental impact in our communities!

    Here are the major reasons why Big City Beards uses reclaimed wood for their product scent sample display:

    Gogo Family Cedar Mill and Tree Farm - Nanaimo, BC, Canada

    Preserves Natural Resources & Directly Reduces Waste

    By using reclaimed wood to create our scent sample display preserves natural timber resources by reducing the need for increased logging. We source the wood required for our scent sample displays from the waste wood resulting from the milling of custom cedar lumber and wood products. This repurposing of the waste wood is important as it helps directly reduce the amount of lumber that is thrown away within our local community. The display design allows for variations in the base size dimensions enabling Big City Beards to use and purchase the west coast red cedar wood waste cuts and pieces from the Mike Gogo Cedar Products mill waste pile only.

    I-Cat Industries - Custom Wood Products - Nanaimo, BC, Canada

    100% Bio-degradable, Made from Recycled Materials

    Everyone knows how dangerous plastic can be for the environment. Plastics last hundreds of years before breaking down and when they do it results increased micro-plastic pollution, a current global issue. By using reclaimed wood, and 100% recycled cardboard for the insert, our product scent sample display is completely bio-degradable with no chemical residues. That means that not only do we reduce the amount of wood waste in our community, but it also reduces the environmental and social impact our company has our each of the communities of our retailers. Using natural materials that are bio-degradable directly reduces the amount of plastic ending up in landfills.

    I-Cat Industries - Custom Wood Products - Nanaimo, BC, Canada

    Our Sample Display Uses No Paints, Inks or Chemical Stains

    Using chemical treating agents and inks that negatively affect our environment is a real problem. Using reclaimed West Coast Red Cedar wood provides a natural and rustic look and it also means that we don’t have to use paints, stains, and other related chemicals to refine the reclaimed wood. I-CAT Industries Inc, a Nanaimo based custom wood products company, provided the perfect solution by using their laser etching and cutting services. As a result, we are able to add branding and info to our product displays 100% chemical free. We are proud to support I-CAT, who have been active in their community helping local charities and events for over 20 years.

    Support Your Local Community

    Using reclaimed wood for our beard oil product scent sample displays helps Big City Beards and its retail partners reduce the environmental footprint in a world of plastic, but even more importantly, it can provide great benefits to the earth. We want to say thank you to both local Vancouver Island business’s Mike Gogo Cedar Products and I-CAT Industries for taking the time to work with us to develop an environmentally friendly scent sample display. We are proud to work with local companies to actively make a difference in the environment.

    For more information about our organic beard care and product use instructions, check out our blogs here. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about how we are doing our part to reduce our impact on the environment, if you have any questions or comments regarding this post please feel free to send us an email.



    “We are committed to being Socially Responsible and Environmentally Sustainable in our business operations and how we create our products. I like to call it Ethical Beard Care.”

    - Jeff Weigel, CEO

    Big City Beards is committed to producing easy to use beard care products that just work. Taking the guessing game out of maintaining a groomed & professional looking beard. We are proud to be the leading producer of organic, fair-trade, and socially responsible men's beard care & grooming products in Canada.

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