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Upcycled Wooden Lids: A Creuse x State of Matters Collaboration

By State of Matters  •   2 minute read

Upcycled Wooden Lids: A Creuse x State of Matters Collaboration

Our newest sustainable addition to the range of Wooden Lids that fit your Aykasa Midibox and Maxibox

A Creuse x State of Matters Collaboration

These lids are designed in collaboration with Creuse, to the dimensions of the Aykasa midi and maxiboxes for a snug fit. Creuse is a Singapore brand that reclaims and recycles industrial wooden pallets which are manufactured by its parent company Xcel Industrial Supplies Pte Ltd.

Thoughtfully handcrafted from reclaimed pine wood, these sturdy lids have natural wood markings which tell a story that accompanies their previous life as cargo pallets. They are finished with a food grade white mineral oil for easy cleaning and added resistance to abrasion, water, acids and stains. 

Upcycled in Singapore
Creuse's endeavour to upcycle retired industrial pallets and active involvement in educating the community about zero-waste, inspired our team at State of Matters. As a homegrown company as well, we felt especially compelled to support Creuse's endeavour by sharing about the upcycling process done locally and the materials with our community. This led to the birth of the collaboration.

Each lid is different as the natural wood markings of every single plank is unqiue and here's why: 

Why are there natural wood markings?
They are markings caused by weather conditions, fungi, insects, logging processes. The markings are purely cosmetic and have no impact to the structural integrity of the lids.

Are the orange and bluish tints dirt? 
No. These are called sapstains. The colouration you see indicates the presence of pigmented fungi that once resided in the wood.

Fret not, as part of the upcycling process, all of Creuse's wood undergo heat treatment. This ensures that fungi and wood pests have been killed off.

What are knots?
They refer to the dark circular marks, where the grain density differs from the rest of the wood. These are essentially the base of the branches that joined to the tree. 

Read more about natural markings 



Taking you behind the scenes
  1. Sanding each wood strip to make sure that each piece has uniform dimensions
  2. Assembling the frame of the lid
  3. Securing the wooden strips
  4. Sanding the surface to make sure that the lid is smooth and clean before oiling
  5. Applying food-grade mineral oil and a clear lacquer spray to prolong the life of the lids 
  6. Heatstamping

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