Way Basics Blog

  • Way Basics to the Rescue!

    One of our team members recently discovered the art of organization with style!  These are before and after pictures of a closet in need of some help.  Find out how you can build stylish organization into your life today with the fun, affordable, and modular zBoards from Way Basics!


    This closet needs help!



    Thank you Way Basics!  This is MUCH better!


  • The World's First Recycler 360

    Plastic bags, (gasp/eek/scream) I think not!  Cities such as San Francisco and Los Angeles (July 2010) have already or will be banning plastic bags with many other cities to follow suit.  In countries like Taiwan, you have to pay for a plastic bag.  If you don’t see for yourself, you don’t really know the plague of plastic bags in our landfills.  Way Basics visited Waste Management at their MURF facility (which is basically a transfer station for materials to be recycled or sent to the landfill) here in Irvine.  Check out these photos…

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    See all the plastic bags?!  This is too much!  All of this waste is being sent to the landfill.  According to the EPA, the average American produces 4.62 lbs of trash daily!  Compare that to the average 2.91 lbs generated by a European Union country.

    Our creative designers have a fun, simple, solution—just like us!  Coming soon, the Way Basics Recycler 360!  The first of its kind— it shows recycling at its finest.  With the Recycler 360, the Way Basics design has been simplified even further— No more peel, stick, done.  Just open the box and slide the interlocking zBoards together—done! Why is it called the Recycler 360 you may ask?  It’s sustainably made from zBoards, which is used paper, so there is no added impact on the environment.

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    If you forget your reusable bag from home when you go grocery shopping (sometimes we do too), ask for a paper bag instead of plastic so you can use it for your Recycler 360.  We do, and we’re sure many of you also use paper grocery bags as a container for trash, newspaper, kitchen waste, you name it.  Isn’t it just plain and ugly though!?  Coupled with the Recycler 360, these paper grocery bags are the ideal liner for your recyclables (so instead of brown baggin’ it, we’re baggin’ the brown bag).

    The Recycler 360 is ideal at home or in the office, where the recycling process begins with you—throw your recycled material in the Recycler 360 and when the bag is full, simply fold up the bag and toss it into your larger municipal recycling container where it will soon find its way to the recycling facility.

    Watch your recyclables come full circle—all scrap paper that gets wrapped up and recycled has the potential to be used again and created into zBoards.  You can put other recyclables in it too for a  complete recycling center.

    *Recycling tip:  When you recycle paper shreds or scrap paper, make sure to put it in a paper bag and fold the opening over onto itself a couple of times.  This tells the person at the recycling facility that there is recycling material inside (just a little something we picked up when we made our visit to the MURF).

    It’s a perfect collection center for your plastic containers, many of which are recyclable.  It’s the perfect size for recycling in the bathroom too, where shampoo bottles, contact lens bottles, aerosol cans, empty laundry detergent bottles and even used deodorant can be recycled.  And since the recycling bin is almost always in the kitchen, these items are usually never recycled.  We can change that!

    It starts with you…Consumer demand for recycled products drives the supply chain, and unless you (the consumer) demand more from your manufacturers, the products you seek will never come.  Do your part today to help.  Use the Recycler 360 and help garner the support we need to demand more from our manufacturers for recycled products.  Make sure to sign up for our Email Exclusives to find out when it will become available!  Also, make sure you're a fan on Facebook to vote for your favorite colors and offer feedback!

  • Awesome Time Lapse of the Assembly Process!

    We were so excited to see our customer Lindsay put this video together. In its fast forward style, you can see her assemble  Rectangle Plus3 in 43 seconds! Check out her cute baby as she runs around the room while Lindsay is assembling. Yup, really... just peel, stick, done.

    Here is how she is using her Way Basics storage unit. Thank you for taking the time to do this and letting us share it. Her blog talks about her experience with us, check it out http://likelydesign.wordpress.com/2009/07/28/so-cute-and-so-easy-to-put-together/

    New shelf in Harper's room

  • Messy Room Contest Winner


    Congrats Adam L! You have a VERY messy room. Thank you all for participating! Be a fan of Way Basics on facebook for exclusive contests and giveaways! Didn't win? Take advantage of our incredible Summer Sale at waybasics.com to get organized.

  • Press: Wired


    Wired Magazine's beyond the beyond blog mentions the zBoard. We agree with Bruce that the designs are chic :)


  • Press: Yanko Design


    Chief Editor, Long Tran, from Yanko Design is a fan of Way Basics. We sent him a cube for his review and he even produced a video. Check it out.

    Yanko Design is a web magazine dedicated to introducing the best modern international design, covering from industrial design, concepts, technology, interior design, architecture, exhibition and fashion. It’s about the cutting edge and the classic, the new and the rediscovered. It’s all about the best.

  • Messy Room Contest Entries


    Here are the top 5 entries to the Messy Room Contest! Click HERE to vote and simply click on the photo you would like to win, and comment "Like". The photo with the most votes will win...so if you wanna win, get your friends to help vote for you! The voting will conclude on July 31st. So get going! You have one week to make it happen! A $250.00 shopping spree is on the line!

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  • Way Basics on the Today Show!

  • It's a flipped out world!


    Ben & Jerry's and Daily Candy celebrate those who are turning the world upside down— literally and figuratively.  With their contest, “It’s a flipped out world,” they took nominations for who is doing the best job to flip our world upside down. 

    Way Basics was this year’s runner up!  Woohoo!


  • Way Basics nominated for Nau's Grant 4 Change


    Positive change is at the core of who we are and what we do. It influences the design of our product, our model for business, and how we interact with each other and the world.

    We want to be an effective agent for positive change, to move ourselves, our industry and the economy forward in a smarter, more sustainable way.

    Way Basics has been nominated as an agent for positive change, and we encourage everyone who wants to make a difference in our communities to log on and cast your vote for your pick in Nau's Grant 4 Change!  Vote Way Basics!

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