Recycled Plastic Versus Conventional Materials
Plastic's Long Life as Landfill
When some types of plastics are buried in our landfills, they may take from 500 to a 1000 years to degrade but others like Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET or PETE), may NEVER biodegrade. So one solution is to keep plastic from ending up there in the first place.
Wood & Steel Degrade
At the same time that our landfills are getting full, our parks and recreational areas are full of park benches and picnic tables that will degrade quickly due to their wood, steel and paint construction. Once a piece of wood or metal is exposed to the elements, it begins to biodegrade quickly. Insects can damage wood and steel will rust. Fading from the sun and exposure to the elements, accidental spills and even graffiti can leave park furnishing permanently blemished. Wood and steel based outdoor furnishings need constant maintenance which can be both time consuming and expensive to keep up with. Tables and benches need to be sanded and painted again and a again to prevent them from rotting and rusting. In ground landscape timbers rot and fall apart and there is not much you can do but replace them.
Plastic's Long Life as Outdoor Furnishings
Turning plastic waste into useful and durable outdoor furnishings has a 2-fold affect. It is not only saving our planet from plastic waste that would normally not break down in our landfills but reusing it were we don't want it to break down like in picnic tables, park benches, landscaping timbers that will last for a century or longer, maintenance free!