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Milk crates used to be the staple of university dorm rooms, and hundreds of thousands are stolen each year. Now they are manufactured and sold for storage, or in the case of Combo Colab's XTOOL, they are manufactured from 95% recycled plastic and become "a durable, versatile and playful stool that can be used indoors and out. They say it is "the first piece of a larger family of modular furniture using custom milk-crates."
Combo Colab did a successful kickstarter campaign in late 2012 where they explain the product in greater detail:
Combo Colab crates are manufactured for us by a local New Jersey milk crate manufacturer. This way we make sure all dairies, farmers and related industries are able to keep using their crates out on the streets and you get a real, strong “specimen” of the all-time favorite milk crate.
The plywood pieces are designed to be a perfect fit for our crates; they are made also in New Jersey. For this edition of XTOOL we are using Baltic Birch with a clear acrylic laminate finish. Since our parts are relatively small we were able to re-use left-over material from other runs.
Not much information at their website here.