Leslie Adkins, vp of selling and ESG improvement at Trex, joins the dialog to debate how the corporate pioneered a recycled alternative to lumber for decks, fences, and different purposes. Trex was based in 1996 on the premise that there should be a greater use of the “mountain of single-use plastic movie packaging generated day-after-day that’s not being recycled.” The corporate developed a course of for making a wooden decking different that consists of 95% recycled polyethylene film blended with sawdust made principally of reclaimed wooden. The result’s decking that appears like wooden however lasts no less than two and a half occasions longer.
Trex is likely one of the largest patrons of #2 and #4 polyethylene movie within the U.S. via a novel commercial recycling program that pays retailers to gather and ship the usually hard-to-recycle movies used to wrap palletized packages for transport, together with plastic procuring luggage, bubble wrap and people troublesome air pillows used as padding in e-commerce bins. Upcycling our plastic waste to contribute to a extra sustainable constructed surroundings is an intriguing resolution to our present waste issues. You’ll be able to be taught extra at trex.com.
This podcast initially aired on April 20, 2022.