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Why Trex is the Leading Eco-Friendly Composite Decking Choice

Why Trex is the Leading Eco-Friendly Composite Decking Choice
Why Trex is the Leading Eco-Friendly Composite Decking Choice

Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Categories: Decking & Railing

By now most people know the obvious advantages of resurfacing their old wooden decks with new composite decking, and certainly of using composite decking and railing on all new decks. Designed with lasting beauty, incredible durability and easy maintenance, there’s no compromising with high-performance composite decking.

But what we may overlook are the multiple ways that composite decking popularity is helping the environment. Trex® Company – the world’s largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking products which invented, defined and perfected the composite deck category – manufactures eco-friendly composite decks from an innovative blend of 95% recycled wood and plastic film.

By utilizing locally sourced reclaimed wood and sawdust that would otherwise end up in a landfill, they never have to cut down a tree to make their product. The recycled wood is combined with recycled plastic film gathered from a variety of sources ranging from the overwrap on paper towels to dry cleaner bags, sandwich bags, newspaper sleeves, pallet wrap, and grocery and shopping bags. Yes, the same plastic shopping bags that you are not supposed to put in your recycle bin at the side of the road each week.

In fact, the average 500-square foot composite Trex deck contains 140,000 recycled plastic bags! That makes Trex one of the largest plastic bag recyclers in the U.S. Through these aggressive recycling efforts, Trex saves more than 500 million pounds of plastic film and wood from landfills each year.


Trex’s manufacturing process is as green as its final product -- with a proprietary processing method that eliminates the use of smoke stacks. Additionally, nearly 100% of factory runoff and refuse is recycled back into the manufacturing line. Trex transforms these materials into eco-friendly decking that has a smaller carbon footprint than wood.

Widely recognized as the leading eco-friendly choice for decks and deck railings, Trex has always been at the forefront of the green building industry. As a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Trex collaborates with leaders from every sector of the building industry to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated with the goal of creating environmentally- and socially-responsible spaces that improve the quality of life for everyone.

When you donate your unwanted plastic materials to Trex, not only are you helping to keep thousands of pounds of waste out of landfills, you're also helping Trex continue to create beautiful and environmentally responsible outdoor products. And, as an additional incentive, communities and schools that enroll in the Trex recycling programs are eligible for high-performance, low-maintenance awards and prizes. Click the below link to learn more!

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Tagged:decking, outdoor living, eco-friendly, environment, recycling

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