Seeing the wood for the trees

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Real Estate Agent with Windermere Real Estate - Palm Springs CalBRE# 01339266

While reading through The Huffington Post today, I saw something that I hadn't heard about before: Sustainable wooden keycards for hotel rooms. What a brilliantly simple idea.

"Sustainable Cards LLC of Boulder has donated more than 70,000 wood hotel key cards to use at hotels throughout the Denver area" - Denver Business Journal.

I checked their website and I love their ideas: sustainable gift cards, membership cards, and hotel key cards.

This reminds me to "never overlook the obvious" .... and "not seeing the wood for the trees".

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Brandon Weber
Weber Property Group - Sacramento, CA

What an incredible idea. It truly is "brilliantly simple". Thanks for the post!

Brandon Weber - Urban Property Specialist

Aug 22, 2008 12:28 AM #1
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Jimmy McCall
TheHappyCottage.com - Cunningham, TN
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Stewart,  Your are right that is a great idea.  Even gift cards.  I don't know anyone who refills a gift card.  Straight into the trash.  I think the plastic gift card if going to become the next plastic bag.  "Plastic or wood?"

Aug 22, 2008 12:34 AM #2
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Palm Springs Realtor Stewart Penn
Windermere Real Estate - Palm Springs - Palm Springs, CA
Windermere Real Estate - Associate Broker

Brandon - Thanks for reading.

Jimmy - Wood makes sense - Wicker baskets made with material of natural origin.

Aug 22, 2008 12:45 AM #3
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Chris Horton
Horton's Lawn Care L.L.C. - Davison, MI

Although they may be "cool" and easier on the landfills, I am sure this increases cutting down more trees lol

Aug 22, 2008 12:58 AM #5
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Pete Jalbert
The Maui Real Estate Team, Inc. - Paia, HI
R(S)

I wondered about the timber harvesting question with wood. It does say they harvest from sustainable forests. I wonder if you could do something comparable with bamboo since it is more of a renewable material in that it grows so quickly.

Aug 22, 2008 02:43 AM #6
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Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate

Oh m gosh - think of the possibilites!  What a great idea and yes, it was right there in front of us all along!

Aug 22, 2008 06:49 AM #7
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Kevin O'Shea
Coldwell Banker - White Plains, NY
White Plains, NY Real Estate

It is terrific that we can "go back" on some things.  How about paper ones? Like metrocards.

All the best!

Aug 22, 2008 11:24 AM #8
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Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX
Broker,CLHMS,GRI

I am glad to see you read The Huffington Post It is refreshing to people in our business who are not all about work and not so darn right wing! I'm just sayin'...

Aug 23, 2008 12:51 PM #9
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Palm Springs Realtor Stewart Penn
Windermere Real Estate - Palm Springs - Palm Springs, CA
Windermere Real Estate - Associate Broker

Russell - I'm a big fan of Ariana Huffington and thoroughly enjoy her blog.

Aug 23, 2008 06:26 PM #10
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Melissa Marro
Watson Realty Corp - Saint Augustine, FL
St Augustine, St Johns, Ponte Vedra

What an interesting idea.  I would wonder about the process.  The other day I saw a show and they were 'going green' then used Brazillian Cherry advising it was sustainable.  Isn't Brazillian Cherry from the Rainforests?  I think that might not be exactly 'green friendly'!

I do worry that sometimes they advertise things as green that are not - however if they truely are environmentally friendly it would be wonderful!

Aug 24, 2008 04:12 PM #11
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Rich Dansereau
Positive Real Estate Professionals - Knoxville, TN

I had never heard of this! It does seem to be an interesting concept, perhaps they make them out of bamboo.

Aug 25, 2008 09:40 PM #12
Anonymous
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I've had real wood business cards for about 10 years now. One can also get real wood postcards and much more. For the past five years, I've been using Cards of Wood.

Aug 26, 2008 07:12 AM #13
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Palm Springs Realtor Stewart Penn
Windermere Real Estate - Palm Springs - Palm Springs, CA
Windermere Real Estate - Associate Broker

Russel - You should have told us all about this a long time ago..... :) Brilliant move!

I checked the "Cards of Wood" website and noticed they've beeing in business since 1960. Now's the time for them to start making the key cards.

Aug 26, 2008 09:00 AM #14
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