Products Made with Recycled Plastic Prove Safe and Environmentally Smart
Outdoor products such as benches and tables made from
100 percent recycled plastic boast an impressive list of benefits. They
are extremely durable, maintenance-free, attractive and environmentally
friendly. Recent developments in the building supply industry have added
another important benefit in that products made from recycled plastic
are also free of toxic substances.
By the end of 2003, the building industry will no longer
produce or use arsenic-treated wood. The action affects all wood treated
with chromated copper arsenate, which is commonly used to build decks,
picnic tables, benches and raised garden beds. The phase-out will have
a dramatic effect on the $4 billion a year pressure-treated-wood industry.
Durable Plastic Design, LLC, (DPD) based in Redmond,
Washington, was formed several months ago to meet the increasing demand
for quality outdoor products manufactured from plastic lumber. The company
sells garden products, commercial grade benches and tables, and dock and
pool boxes – all made from plastic lumber. Co-owners Marc Lagen,
Eric Ulfwengren, Chris Laush and Victoria Knoll have extensive experience
in designing, fabricating and selling recycled plastic products.
Because they are long-lasting, low-maintenance and graffiti-resistant,
plastic lumber products have become increasingly popular with city and
county agencies. Installed in schools and public parks, at bus stops and
marine docks, the benches, picnic tables and other items made from 100
percent recycled post-consumer plastic, such as milk jugs, water and juice
containers, divert tons of waste from the landfill.
By the end of the summer, Durable Plastic Design will
begin manufacturing plastic lumber for the building industry.