One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Treasure
It is no news to our world that consumerism has caused us to produce waste. Everyday we open a can, remove a wrapper, throw away the excess food, eat from disposable surfaces, take out the trash, etc. While this may create efficiency in our homes and businesses, that waste doesn’t simply disappear. It piles up. Where does it pile up? And for how long does it just sit there?
According to Budgetdumpster.com 251 million tons of trash are produced by the United States each year. Though disposal may differ between regions, the most common destination for our solid waste is the landfill. These landfills are pilled with our day to day waste.
According to a 2015 study of waste in America, plastics account for 18.9% of our nation’s landfills. On average American’s collectively throw away 35 billion plastic bottles every year. The average gallon sized milk bottle can take up to 500 years to decompose in a landfill. That’s a tremendous amount of time compared to paper, which takes 2 to 6 weeks to decompose and aluminum, which takes 80 to 200 years to decompose. So, after we consider how many plastic bottles we throw away and how long they take to decompose in our landfills, we begin to consider the importance of recycling these products.
Most of us are familiar with the concept of recycling. The definition of recycling is the action or process of converting waste into reusable material. In essence, recycling is taking the trash and giving it a new purpose.
“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
Composites fencing and decking materials are made from a blend of organic fiber and
recycled plastics. These materials are combined and formed into the boards, rails, pickets, etc. through a process called extrusion. Natures Composites’ composite fencing and decking material is designed to play a part in the recycling of plastics. Our materials are a blend of wheat straw dust (no other product uses this fiber) and HDPE plastics. HDPE, or High Density Polyethylene, is the plastic most commonly used in milk jugs, detergent bottles, and other containers. Manufacturers prefer it due to its flexibility and lightweight.
We prefer HDPE because we know that using it in our product will make a dent in reducing landfill space in our world. We figure every truckload of HDPE we use contains 320,000 milk jugs. Combined with our organic fiber, we can convert those milk jugs into 2-1/2 truckloads of our product.
Does your fence or deck need a face-lift? Why not recycle while you’re at it?