Don’t Steal


Crystal Creamery is on a mission to stop the theft of milkcrates. They claim that milk crate theft costs the dairy industry $80 million a year. That’s a lot of dairy. This effort is focused on the large scale operations that steal crates to grind them up for the raw materials that are now being traded in recycling for big bucks. The International Dairy Foods Association says over 20 million crates are stolen every year. I could build some awesome stuff with that many crates.

I agree with part of this effort. Please don’t steal milkcrates and destroy them for money. Do borrow milkcrates and build awesome things.

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Suicidal Crates



Suicidal Tendencies is a LA punk group from the early 80s. This video for “Institutionalized” is classic: skateboarding, hot color tees and punk music. Also included is a milkcrate in use, helping the parents to build out a padded room for lead vocalist Mike Muir.

Jalen Rose Perfected the Floater on a Milkcrate Hoop


On a recent video segment on EPSN/Grantland Channel, Jalen Rose goes on an extended tangent explaining how he learned floaters in urban Detroit as a kid. The secret to his success – the milkcrate hoop. Listen up at the 7:20 mark–Jalen Rose goes into detail on his milkcrate floater experiences.

Darling Foundry Milkcrate Curtain

Darling Foundry Milkcrate Curtain

I stumbled on this one really late. At the Darling Foundry in Montreal, Canada artists Philippe Allard and Justin Duchesneau created this amazing milkcrate wall.

Here’s the Montreal Gazette story.

Crate Cruisers from Brooklyn


Bikes and milk crates go together like chips and dip–it’s hard to do it once you’ve had that experience. The folks at Brooklyn Cruiser seem to know this and have been showing off thier bikes with wooden crates attached. They also offer a “handcrafted wooden bike crate” upgrade of their own for $79.99. That seems a little steep to me, but then I use a standard 6 gallon plastic crate on my bike.


Thanks to Bless This Stuff for the original post.

Milkcrate Weaponry

milkcrate as a weapon

I’m not a fan of violence and I’m not a fan of milkcrates being used to maim or injure but when an innocent milkcrate is listed as a deadly weapon I have to speak up on the behalf of the plastic. In New York State, a milkcrate is being cited as a weapon in a second-degree assault case–see the details and the ugly mug here. I don’t know the details of this mess I’m just saying that the milkcrate was proabably minding his own business and all of a sudden gets caught up in some crazy melee to no fault of his own.

Chevy + Tetris + Milkcrates

I love tetris, and obviously I love milkcrates, so this combo is targeting me directly.

XTOOL Crate Expansion on Kickstarter


XTOOL is a new kickstarter project that hits close to home for me. They’ve really done their homework and gone to great lengths to expand the usefullness of the milkcrate. They’ve even set up their own milkcrate production with custom colors. These aren’t those faux crates from Bed Bath and Beyond – there are real deal milkcrates from a injection molding facility.



Check out the video after the jump…

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Boovabox Kickstarter Shows Crate Love

A duo in Pennsylvania is trying to take their project, Boovabox, to the next level. They have a kickstarter project going that ends shortly to raise money to expand their bike box business. These fine boxes are milkcrates at their core. Donate some cash and get in on the ground floor. Milkcrates are always a sound investment.

Apple Crates

I’ve always been an Apple fanboy. This just re-confirms those notions. Apple sent me this promotional email the other day and right there, featured real big was the classic college milkcrate, filled to the brim. Well done Cupertino!