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Leslie Adkins, vice chairman 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 have to be a greater use of the “mountain of single-use plastic movie packaging generated each day that isn’t being recycled.” The firm developed a course of for making a wooden decking various that consists of 95% recycled polyethylene film blended with sawdust made largely of reclaimed wooden. The result’s decking that appears like wooden however lasts a minimum of two and a half instances longer.
Trex is among the largest patrons of #2 and #4 polyethylene movie within the U.S. by way of a novel commercial recycling program that pays retailers to gather and ship the usually hard-to-recycle movies used to wrap palletized packages for delivery, together with plastic procuring luggage, bubble wrap and people troublesome air pillows used as padding in e-commerce packing containers. Upcycling our plastic waste to contribute to a extra sustainable constructed surroundings is an intriguing resolution to our present waste issues. You can study extra at trex.com.
This podcast initially aired on April 20, 2022.