These photos are not just eco-friendly; they're beautiful too.

Jolene Hee  |  Singapore
Published 2015-03-20 12:24:56

What do you do with all those pictures on your phone? Post them on Instagram, maybe, or let them languish forgotten in your gallery. What if there was a handy app that allowed you to customize, print and frame your photos all in one?

Woodpost, an iOS photo app just launched by Not A Basement Studio Software, is the first app in the world that allows you to print high quality photos on wood. Since printing on a film roll is very much different from printing on wood, the app ensures that the colours and details of your photos turn out well, while allowing you to customize the pictures with a template and a personal message.

Video Credit: Not A Basement Studio

At first glance, it’s easy to dismiss photo-printing on wood as a novelty concept. But there’s a lot to be said for the remarkable convenience of the Woodpost process — you pick out a photo and a template, choose a recipient, and pay all through the app. Within two weeks, the photos will be shipped to your or your recipient’s doorstep, along with a complimentary built-in magnet and wooden dock for displaying. In other words, all you need to do once you hit ‘order’ is to sit back and wait.

Image Credit: The Next Web
Image Credit: The Next Web

The winning factor, for me, is the environmental friendliness of wood-printing. Woodpost prints your photos on sustainable plywood, and packages them in craft paper for shipping. This is in comparison to traditional photo-grade paper, which is usually not recyclable. There’s also the fact that there’s no need for you to mount the prints — no breakable glass frames! — making them lightweight and durable.

Image Credit: Woodpost
Image Credit: Woodpost

Woodpost ships anywhere in the world, and shipping is free. Each Woodpost print costs USD 7.99, or approximately SGD 11.00. For now, one possible gripe you might have would be the lengthy shipping time — according to Woodpost, it’ll take 10 to 14 days for your photos to arrive.

Overall, though, the app is a simple and interesting twist on photo-printing, which has fallen out of favour in the digital age. Woodpost fulfils two of our modern buzzwords — convenience and eco-friendliness — and I wouldn’t be surprised if we’ll soon be seeing a lot more wood-printed photos around.

Image Credit: Woodpost
Image Credit: Woodpost

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