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Way Basics Eco 3 Shelf Narrow Bookcase and Storage Unit, Natural (made from sustainable non-toxic zBoard paperboard)


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  • World's easiest tool free assembly; no tools required; Just peel, stick and done
  • Made of durable, zBoard recycled paperboard; responsible sustainable design
  • Sustainably made, non-toxic, no formaldehyde and no VOC for a healthy home
  • Made to congregate and coordinate with all our other furniture; Stack and organie to create the design you need
  • 2 sided backer board included; Select matching wood grain or white to match your decor
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Product Details

Color: Cedar
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 44.8 x 13.4 inches ; 13 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 14.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: Taiwan
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B001TREQT4
  • Item model number: BS-285-340-1150-CR
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #722,662 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
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Product Description

Color: Cedar

Product Description

Our Story

Since you’re here, you’re probably a lot like us: creative, practical, caring, and ready to inspire a better way. We are inspired to do things right and keep things simple. We believe in treating everyone as if they were our friend, protecting our environment as if it were our home, and finding creative solutions to over complicated challenges. In short, we are Way Basics. Paper based storage furniture became the foundation of our initial introduction for the brand. Our founder, Jimmy, thought it would be fun to create a recycling bin made from recycled paper, since it’s one of the most commonly recycled materials. It comes flat and then pops open like paper grocery bag, but a much fancier design. You can throw all your recyclables in it, and then recycle the entire thing - then pop another one open and the recycling starts again. It's simple and elegant.

Simple: The World's Easiest Assembly

In our packages, you won't find mysterious collections of screws and nails, or complicated diagrams and instructions. That's because you can put our unique zBoards together without tools or hardware. Super-strong 3M brand adhesive strips let you fit the pieces neatly together. Just peel, stick, and you're done.

Safe: Zero Formaldehyde Or VOC

We treat the people of the world as our family. We want you to be safe and live the healthiest life possible. You can rest assured that our products aren't polluting the air inside your home, as there are no VOCs or formaldehyde in our products. VOCs are chemicals that become a gas at room temperature, such as formaldehyde. Products made with those chemicals will release the gas into the air, a process called off-gassing, and if high concentrations of formaldehyde are off-gassed and breathed in, it could cause health problems. We also use a water-based glue that is completely recyclable.


How Strong Is The Double-Sided Adhesive Tape?

Very, very strong. We use only 3M industrial-strength heavy-duty adhesive tape on our products. To take full advantage of all that sticking power and get optimum adhesion, make sure your bonding adhesive surfaces are clean, dry, and properly joined. It works best if you put together your furniture in a room that’s between 70° F to 100° F (21° C to 38° C). This super-tape’s bonds get stronger during the first 24 hours, so we recommend that you let your furniture sit in place for the first day.

What Is zBoard?

Our patented manufacturing process turns this post-consumer recycled paper into superbly strong paperboards that weigh 62% less than particle board with unmatched quality and durability. zBoards are the wave of the future thanks to the basic principles of being simple, fun, practical, and made from one of the simplest materials ever - paper.

How Strong Is It?

It’s very strong indeed! zBoards are made from multiple, overlapping layers of paperboard and corrugated paper that combine to withstand tremendous pressure. We like to describe the zBoard as the "carbon fiber of paper. " A cube has a recommended max weight of 50 lbs.

Toxin Free

zBoards are made from post-consumer recycled paper and do not consume additional natural resources like trees and the enormous amounts of water needed to make virgin paper. Way Basics furniture also does not "off-gas" or contain formaldehyde and VOCs.

Great For Home, Kids, Office

Way Basics Cubes are the perfect storage solution for any room in your home, kids love them, and they even find their way into the work environment.

Interior Dimensions

Depth 11. 2" | Width 11. 8" | Height 13. 9"

From the Manufacturer

Way Basics FeaturesWay Basics : Your Easy Eco and Non-toxic Modular Storage Solution

Yes, it’s a cube. Yet once you put this most-basic Way Basics piece together, you’ll find dozens of uses for it. It’ll be a cubby to store toys, magazines, DVDs or books in. You’ll use it as a light, portable extra seat. The cube is strong enough to serve as a stepstool to reach those high cupboards in the kitchen. And it’s the first building block for your own customized furniture ideas.

We believe we’ve invented the simplest, most ingenious furniture ever. Ultra-easy to put together, sustainably made and completely recyclable, it’s made from environmentally sound building blocks we call zBoards that’ll inspire your creativity with playful possibilities.

And when you buy Way Basics furniture, you’re helping improve the world in other ways, too. We work with furniture banks around the country to help those families in desperate need -- victims of natural disasters who’ve lost everything they owned, women and children Sustainable Furnishings Council Memberescaping from domestic violence, working families below the poverty line, and others requiring a hand up — not a handout.

We’re founding members of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, a coalition united to promote environmentally healthy practices in the industry, and to help consumers identify good furniture choices. We are also proud to announce that in 2008, Way Basics went zero via the Conservation Fund’s “Go Zero Program.” This means that we offset our company carbon emissions by planting trees at the Red River National Wildlife Refuge! To learn more visit the Conservation Fund.

Save Trees - Use More zBoardzBoard: Save Money and Trees

It took us 10 years to perfect the ingenious building-block zBoards at the heart of our business. Our patented, environmentally sound manufacturing process turns post-consumer recycled paper into superbly strong boards that weigh 62% less than particle board. zBoards are just as solid and structurally sound as any engineered wood furniture, yet they’re made from one of the simplest materials ever – paper.

We designed these marvelous building boards to be versatile and easy to assemble, and came up with a new way to put the pieces together. Strategically placed super-strong adhesive strip is the answer – all you do is peel off the protective covering, stick the blocks together, and you’re done. If you’re creating your own design with zBoards, you can also use screws or hardware if you like. zBoards are water-resistant and easy to clean. They come in different colors and both light and dark wood-grain designs, so you have options to fit your decor. They’re also available in white, which makes a perfect canvas for your own imagination.

PEEL STICK DONEThe World's Easiest Assembly

In our packages, you won’t find mysterious collections of screws and nails, or complicated diagrams and instructions. That’s because you can put our unique zBoards together without tools or hardware. Super-strong 3M brand adhesive strips let you fit the pieces neatly together. Just peel, stick and you’re done. Honest. See the assembly videos on our website.

You can buy our thoughtfully designed step-by-step furniture kits. And because they’re so easy to assemble and so versatile, you can also mix and match zBoards to fulfill your furniture fantasies. Since Way Basics products are modular, it’s easy to add on to your creation if you need more storage or want to use it for a different purpose. Then paint, wallpaper, or embellish them any way you like as well. (Kids love to decorate their own Way Basics stuff.) That’s something you definitely don’t get with most assembly-required furniture.

As Seen OnThey're Talking About Us

You may have seen Way Basics discussed on your favorite television morning show, your newspaper, or seen a review on a popular website. Our revolutionary easy eco modular furniture is making waves and has been seen on: MSNBC, ABC, Kids Today, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Daily Candy, Apartment Therapy to name a few.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What do I do with the backer board that came with my furniture?
A:When you’re done assembling your Way Basics furniture piece, place the backer board at the rear of your furniture. This sturdy paper board is the essential framing piece that holds it all together. It’s designed to adhere neatly, stabilize your furniture and create a finished look.

Q: How can I customize my Way Basics Furniture?
Recycled paper becomes zBoardsA: The possibilities are endless! We designed our modular building blocks to inspire creativity and possibility. Here are a few ideas:

  • zBoard dividers are available to create organization and playful possibilities.
  • Stack different bookshelves in different colors next to each other to create you own design.
  • Add stickers!
  • Mix and match zBoards of different hues to add a charge of color to any room.
  • Build a multi-colored bookshelf or insert multiple zBoard dividers for a great look.
  • Rest a horizontal zBoard on top of any two of our lower pre-configured pieces and voila! You’ve got a table or desk.
  • Get fancy and spice it up with casters or wheels to make your furniture mobile. (you will need a screwdriver to affix casters)
  • Visit the Design Gallery on waybasics.com for more ideas!

Q: Made from paper...is it strong? How much weight can zBoards hold?
A: It’s very strong indeed! zBoards are constructed through our patented process and are made from multiple, overlapping layers of paperboard and corrugated paper that combine to withstand tremendous pressure. We like to describe the zBoard as carbon fiber of paper. For instance, our founder weighs 195 pounds and when he stands on our Cube it can easily bear his weight.

zBoards are just as strong as common particle board constructed furniture. Our furniture is designed for use in common storage, home, and work purposes. With Way Basics furniture, you can easily add a divider/support zBoard and hold up to 100 pounds per shelf for your really big and heavy things. We recommend adding divider/support zBoards starting from the lowest shelf to support the heaving books or objects above.

Lightweight yet strong!Q: Is your packaging recycled too?
A: Yes, even our packaging is recycled. We use materials made from 90% post-consumer waste. Since packaging is just to safely transport and protect your furniture, we’d rather keep it basic, recycled, and completely recyclable to ease the load on our environment. Please reuse or recycle your packaging when you’re done with it, too. Thanks!

Q: How strong is the double-sided adhesive tape?
A: Very, very strong. We use only 3M industrial-strength heavy-duty adhesive tape on our products. To take full advantage of all that sticking power and get optimum adhesion, make sure your bonding adhesive surfaces are clean, dry, and properly joined. It works best if you put together your furniture in a room that’s between 70° F to 100° F (21° C to 38° C). This super-tape’s bonds get stronger during the first 24 hours, so we recommend that you let your furniture sit in place for the first day.

Q: Are zBoards water resistant?
A: Yes, the exterior layers of the board are treated with a water resistant material just like other finished wood veneers. If water gets on the zBoard surface, it will dry (though of course it’s best if you wipe it up like all spills). You’ll want to keep water away from the furniture’s edges and corners where it’s a little more vulnerable to moisture. Again, we hate to sound like your mom, but if water spills, just wipe it up!

Q: Does Way Basics furniture off-gas?
A: No, Way Basics furniture does not "off-gas". Off-gasing occurs in the manufacturing process of particle poard and MDF in which various types of formaldehyde are used. There is no formaldehyde in our products. Have no fear, our products don't pass gas!

Q: What are the differences among zBoards, particleboard, plywood, solid wood, or MDF?
A: zBoards are made almost entirely (99%) from post-consumer recycled paper, and do not consume additional natural resources like trees and the enormous amounts of water needed to make virgin paper. While very strong, paper zBoards are made from the lightest form of wood byproduct.

Particleboard is made from wood particles (like wood chips, sawmill shavings, or sawdust), which is bound together with synthetic resin or other materials, then pressed and extruded. It is fairly heavy.

Plywood is engineered from thin sheets of wood veneer in layers that are glued together. It’s fairly heavy and expensive. It also means that trees must be chopped down to harvest the wood.

Solid wood is made directly from lumber, which means chopping down thousands of trees which adds to the continuing deforestation of large areas of our planet. Solid wood furniture is heavy and generally very expensive.

MDF stands for medium density fiberboard, a variety of particleboard. It’s made by breaking down softwood into small wood fibers and particles that are then bound together with wax and resin. The panels are formed by applying high temperature and pressure. This manufacturing process uses lots of energy resources and puts contaminants into the environment.


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Its over priced and a complete waste of my money.
LYNZ555
Assembly was VERY easy and it took me less than fifteen minutes to put it together.
JSyv
Unfortunately, mine fell apart once I added "stuff" to the shelves.
50 & Fab

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

66 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Jerry on February 4, 2011
Color Name: Espresso Verified Purchase
My first time writing a review, positive or negative, for anything. The idea behind this company seems great. I'm all for eco-friendly. Package arrived promptly, reasonably priced, etc... You can't assemble a shelving unit with nothing but adhesive strips, unless you're planning on holding pillows. I was directed to this product after typing in "record shelving" in the search bar. Just wanted to stop any other vinyl enthusiast from making the same mistake. I came home today to find about 150 records in various states of ruin on the floor next to the remains of the crumbled "way basic" shelving unit. To sum up, if it seems to good to be true (easy assembly! cheap! eco-friendly!), it probably is. I've seen children construct sturdier structures with scotch tape and cardboard, which is essentially what this is. Would have given a half star if available.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Cristina Russo on February 9, 2011
Color Name: White Verified Purchase
I needed a cheap inexpensive shelf to put under a window, next to my desk. Ordered the product, and when it came in, I was immediately displeased. I understand its supposed to be cheap and light; but I did not expect how cheap and light it really was. I almost sent it back there. (I should have). Instead, I decided to have some faith in engineering and try it out. The tape does stick well, but the binding strength is far greater than the internal strength of the paper box. So while it sticks impressively well, it was very easy to tear off a section of finish from the adhesive tape. The paper box can't hold the strength of the tape. Another thing is the very very poor dowels given for assembly. They are also very lightweight paper product dowels, you can deform between two fingers.

Assembly is quite easy, however the instructions do not point out that there is already tape on one side of each square... I nearly did it myself before I caught it and I can see many people assembling the box before realizing that there are tape stripes that must end up one specific direction. If you see it you can catch it. But the instructions make no mention of it.

Finally the thing is assembled. I put four casters on it, so it can move and float. It looks pretty good and I am happy. Put on about 1/3 of the load of books that it will eventually have. Three days later, I come into the room and the whole thing is in pieces on the floor. Still with the limited 1/3 of books I was planning to put on it. It had just fallen apart in the night. Now what?

Do yourself a favor and buy a particle board version of the same thing with real screws. May cost few $$ more, but for the limitations, 50-60$ is way too expensive.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Gentle on June 11, 2011
Color Name: Black
I have been looking for something to help keep the kids toys organized and accessible. I thought this would work out great. Unfortunately, the "super strong adhesive" doesn't hold up to normal use. You can't put anything heavy in it or on it. It's come apart so many times I've had to wrap the entire thing with heavy duty masking tape so I can continue to use it while I continue my search for a good toy storage system. Don't waste your money on this shelf unit.
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February 19, 2012
To K. Gentle,

Thank you for taking the time to review our product. I'm very surprised to hear that the product kept coming apart! Our products are carefully designed to be very sturdy when assembled correctly. Please reach out to us at talktous [at] waybasics [dotcom] so we may help resolve the mishap. Thank you very much.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kimchi Cakes on October 5, 2013
Color Name: Orange Verified Purchase
Great item. Arrives quickly. Eco-friendly. Customer service was very kind for sending a replacement for my shelving unit. Will try there other newer products in the future.
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October 9, 2013
Hi Kimchi Cakes,

Thank you for taking the time to share your review with us. Rest assured, our team is here to help and we'd love to assist you further on your unit. Please contact us at talktous@waybasics.com When our products are assembled and used properly, they are long lasting and very durable. The material used is zBoard, a recycled paperboard just as strong as particle board. You can learn more here: www.waybasics.com/zboard There's videos showing how strong it is! Please let us know anything we can assist with. Thank you!
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By JSyv on April 24, 2009
Color Name: Green
I will be going away to college soon and I was looking for some simple but attractive shelving options. These are it! Assembly was VERY easy and it took me less than fifteen minutes to put it together. They seem sturdy as they can hold up to my massive manga and book collections. I plan on ordering more of these. One of the nicest features is that you can choose and build these shelves to fit in the space that you need to fill. They are easy to customize by putting them together to suit your taste. The different color choices are great too! I highly recommend these shelves. They look great, they are easy and fast to put together, they are reasonably priced, they are sturdy, and they help the environment. What more could a person ask for?
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February 19, 2012
To JSyv,

Thank you very much for your review of our product. We're very glad to hear that our cubes served as a good home for your manga and book collections, and love to hear that you seem just as excited about our products as we are! Please reach out to us at talktous [at] waybasics [dotcom] if you have any questions or further feedback. Also, feel free to check out our blog or Facebook page for our latest updates and newest products! Thanks again!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rouel Cazanjian on February 6, 2010
Color Name: Cedar Verified Purchase
Very easy to assemble (video instructions online were perfect), and to my surprise, I felt good about myself for being good to the planet. These units are light weight, attractive, and amply strong. I also appreciate the rectangular design option over the perfect cube design.

Originally, these were a little pricey (around $79), but I held out for a lower price ($49), and that feels like a good deal.
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February 19, 2012
To Rouel Cazanjian,

Thank you very much for taking the time to review our product. We're glad the video instructions were clear and easy for you! Please reach out to us at talktous [at] waybasics [dotcom] with any questions or feedback. We're always here to help! Also, feel free to check out our blog or Facebook page for our newest product line. Thanks again!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heather M on June 20, 2009
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I ordered some direct from the manufacturer recently when they were offering free shipping -- with free shipping, these are great!! Very sturdy and very easy to assemble. I am ordering more from amazon and hoping their selection continues to improve.

Their fake wood shelves look nicer than my ikea versions of the same, and the customizable options are amazing.
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February 19, 2012
To Heather M,

Thank you so much for your enthusiastic review of our product! Thanks to your and others' feedback we have worked hard to expand our selections both on our product line and here on Amazon. We hope you reach out to us at talktous [at] waybasics [dotcom] if you have any question or further feedback. Also, feel free to check out our blog or Facebook page for our newest product line. Thanks again!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Michelle Johnson on May 14, 2014
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
I recently ordered two of the Eco Storage Cube Plus 3-Shelf Storage Unit with the idea to construct a six shelf unit. Since this isn't how they were designed to be built, I ran into a minor problem trying to assemble them in this manner. I reached out to Way Basics thinking they might be unwilling to give me any suggestions since I was attempting to build something that was much taller than the original design and might void the warranty . Instead, I received an direct email from Jimmy Chiang the CEO with advice that solved my problem completely. The final result is a very tall but very stable 6 shelf unit.

These are the third and fourth sets of Way Basic storage units I've purchased and I've found them to be excellent for my purposes. While being lightweight, they are extremely sturdy and stable when assembled properly. After reading the few negative reviews here at Amazon, I have to assume that the reports of collapsing units must be a result of improper assembly because I've used these as bookshelves and for other fairly heavy items and they've been as stable as the wooden bookshelves that I've used before.

I won't hesitate to order more if I'm in need of additional storage.

John M. Dale
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May 22, 2014
Hi John,

Thank you for sharing with us your positive experience with Way Basics! I remember communicating with you on your project and thank you for sharing the amazing photo. Super creative what you did and it makes me so excited that our customers see the possibilities with Way Basics.

Thank you for your support and and we're always here to help!

Jimmy Chiang
Way Basics, Founder
jimmy@waybasics.com

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