A typical oak wine barrel can only be used in production for about five years, according to sustainably-minded home furnishings company Native Trails. Rather than toss the old barrels in the landfills, many artists and companies have found new uses for the vessel’s high-quality, wine-stained wood. From planters and pet beds to flooring and furniture, we’ve rounded up eight unique products that upcycle this waste material and prevent virgin timber from being harvested.
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1. Wine rack
What better way for a wine lover to display his or her favorite bottles with a rack made from recycled wine barrels?
Barrel Designs’ countertop wine rack holds six bottles and is made from the staves of oak wine barrels – the individual wood strips that form the sides of the barrel.
The Texas-based company offers a range of handmade products made from retired wine barrels, including tables, chairs, barstools and entertaining accessories.
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