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The Durable GreenBed Story

The Durable GreenBed Story

From Homebuilding to Raised Garden Beds: Green, Durable and Beautiful is the Goal

Green Building

It was in 2005, when Paul Wood called his buddy Tom as he was going back to the airport in Portland Oregon and said:  “I have a crazy idea, let’s start a business”.  Since both Paul and Tom more than ready for a change, they both jumped at the suggestion and formed ShelterWorks the following year. Tom Van Denend had always been interested and passionate about better, more durable and sustainable ways to build homes.  He was an avid Mother Earth News subscriber and loved any and all alternative  home building materials; straw, mud, cordwood, old bottles, even old tires.  Paul had been a builder and had lived in Central America helping Habitat for Humanity chapters start, grow and flourish.

Stained raised gaden bed panels

Non- Toxic Woodchip Mineralization

By 2006 they secured a license along with an option to buy the Faswall green, non-toxic woodchip-cement block technology. This woodchip-cement block was invented in Europe in the 1940’s for building high performance, sustainable homes and commercial buildings. It is rot-free and non toxic due to the unique mineralization process of the wood fiber.

Starting With Faswall Blocks For Eco Home Construction

In November of 2006 they moved into an empty, defunct mill. By April, 2007 they were shipping their durable Faswall blocks all over the West and beyond.

Faswall building block is a composite of wordchips and cement.

Backyard Vegetable Garden Bed Kits

With the recession, the slow down in construction starting in 2009 propelled them to reach into other markets besides construction. Backyard gardening was a fast growing phenomenon sweeping the US and Canada so Tom, himself an avid gardener, tinkered with a raised bed garden kit designed from different mixes of the mineralized wood chips. He recognized that their woodchip-cement block material was ideal for a garden planter for the same reasons it performs well as a natural building material.

It is rot free, extremely durable, and non toxic

GreenBed™ debuted in 2011. The response was tremendous for this unique, new solution for raised bed gardening. Durable GreenBed is getting recognition as the most innovative material on the market for raised bed gardening.

It is the answer to the question that backyard gardeners have scratched their head over: “What the heck do I build a raised bed out of?” Wood rots, plastic boards are, well, plastic, railroad ties are treated with poisonous creosote, cement blocks are heavy and ugly, and pressure treated wood has unpronounceable chemicals. On top of that most of the available planter beds are not attractive-simply a wood or plastic box.

Tom had three objectives in designing Durable GreenBed: Had to be non-toxic, durable, and beautiful.  The public agrees.

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Custom discounts are available on qualifying orders of $4,000 or more. Save money by ordering multiple Durable GreenBed raised garden bed kits. Elevate your garden with a personalized discount crafted just for you.