LA Connection Property Blog: Seeing the wood for the trees

Seeing the wood for the trees

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".

Comment balloon 13 commentsCOMPASS PALM SPRINGS | Stewart Penn • August 22 2008 12:15AM


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

Brandon Weber - Urban Property Specialist

Posted by Brandon Weber (Weber Property Group) over 12 years ago

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?"

Posted by Jimmy McCall, The Ex-Mortgage Consultant ( over 12 years ago

Brandon - Thanks for reading.

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

Posted by COMPASS PALM SPRINGS | Stewart Penn, COMPASS Palm Springs - Broker Associate (COMPASS) over 12 years ago

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

Posted by Chris Horton (Horton's Lawn Care L.L.C.) over 12 years ago

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.

Posted by Pete Jalbert, R(S) (The Maui Real Estate Team, Inc. ) over 12 years ago

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

Posted by Leesa Finley, RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate (RED Properties) over 12 years ago

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

All the best!

Posted by Kevin O'Shea, White Plains, NY Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 12 years ago

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'...

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 12 years ago

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

Posted by COMPASS PALM SPRINGS | Stewart Penn, COMPASS Palm Springs - Broker Associate (COMPASS) over 12 years ago

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!

Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) over 12 years ago

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

Posted by Rich Dansereau (Positive Real Estate Professionals) over 12 years ago

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.

Posted by Not a real person over 12 years ago

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.

Posted by COMPASS PALM SPRINGS | Stewart Penn, COMPASS Palm Springs - Broker Associate (COMPASS) over 12 years ago

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