VAST helps projects earn LEED® certification easier than any other pavement. Made from 95% recycled materials, VAST® Composite Pavers can outperform other pavers, such as concrete pavers with fly ash, by more than ten times. VAST composite pavers can provide significant contribution in the following LEED credit areas: 4.1, 4.2 - Recycled Content (MR Credit; 6.1, 6.2 - Stormwater Design (SS Credit; 5.1, 5.2 - Regional Materials (MR Credit);7.1 - Heat Island Effect (SS Credit) — Coming Soon.
In keeping with the mantra "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle," DeepStream Designs are proud to introduce their LEED Commercial Recycling Bins & Planters built with HDPE planks made from recycled milk jugs. With the same sophisticated design as their Mariner Planter and Audubon Recycling Bin, their Commercial Collection, is the ultimate Environmental statement in a no-nonsense “set it and forget it” package, perfect for restaurants, commercial installations and residential projects. Working with recycled plastic lumber not only reduces production costs, but it also requires NO maintenance, reducing your cost of ownership over time compared to wood planters. The plastic lumber they use is made from recycled post-consumer HDPE (high-density polyethylene) from milk jugs and other polyethylene packaging that would normally be destined for landfills. DeepStream Designs gives back to the environment by planting trees in HAITI through "Trees for the Future".
Because Fox Blocks’ parent company, Airlite Plastics, is making plastic products for multiple industries, there is a constant supply of first-generation recycled material. This material moves within our own facilities, reducing costs and making for a smaller carbon foot print. The resulting insulated foam and plastic ties are of a higher quality and have greater consistency. At Airlite Plastics, there are a large number of machine presses molding plastic products to specific tolerances. Anything that does not meet the specification for the different product specifications is set aside and designated as usable plastic waste (scrap) to be recycled. None of this plastic scrap leaves the plant, so there is ZERO plastic landfill contribution. These out-of-spec products are transferred under the same roof to the Recycling Area. While at the recycling station, the plastic scrap is mechanically ground into flakes, pelletized, and then put through a proprietary process to be remanufactured. This 1st generation recycled plastic is then transferred to the production machine presses to mold Fox Blocks ICF plastic webs and corner brackets. These fresh molded webs and corner brackets are then delivered to the EPS Division plant, on site, for placement into the foam molds that produce finished Fox Blocks Insulated Concrete Forms. This internal recycling process dramatically lowers the overall ICF manufacturing carbon footprint because there are minimal transportation costs, as everything is performed on site. So, Fox Blocks not only contributes to sustainability by constructing long-last buildings resilient to extreme weather events, we support sustainability and recycling in our manufacturing processes.
The SmartWood Program of the Rainforest Alliance has certified Hoover Treated Wood Products Inc. as a Multi-Site Chain of Custody company. This assessment is in compliance with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) accreditation manual. As a multi-site SmartWood Chain of Custody company, each of the Hoover manufacturing facilities can process and ship FSC certified wood. This national distribution affords the timely introduction of products to satisfy the requirements for certified wood. As the nation’s largest supplier of fire retardant treated wood for commercial construction projects, Hoover's products are designed to meet the demands of the LEED® building rating system, which requires that wood products carry an FSC chain of custody.
S.I. Storey Lumber Company believes their practices are sound and environmentally friendly. Most of their employees live near where they work or have multi-generational ties to the area in which they operate. The company grew up here and still lives here. This is their neighborhood and they take pride in that. They take care of their surroundings and believe in the product they produce. One of the advantages of wood is that it is the best insulator of all structural building materials, with millions of tiny air cells trapped within its cellular structure providing a barrier against heat and cold. An inch of wood is 15 times as efficient an insulator as concrete, 400 times as efficient as steel, and 1,770 times as efficient as aluminum. So, homes and other buildings built with wood require far less energy to heat and cool, thus conserving fossil fuels and coal. Another benefit of using wood is that it is reusable, recyclable, and biodegradable.
As one of the leading online distributors of teak furniture in North America, Westminster Teak recognizes the influence it plays on the industry and the impact it has on the environment specifically in regard to forest conservation and management. Westminster Teak has made their company’s policy to source their teak wood from well managed, credibly certified forests. Their factory was the first to join Nusa Hijau, the Indonesian Chapter of the Global Forest Trade Network (GFTN), an initiative of WWF®(World Wildlife Fund) to eliminate illegal logging and improve the management of valuable and threatened forests. They purchase wood only from Perum Perhutani, the government-managed plantation that promotes biodiversity and the livelihoods of the people that depend on them. And, because it is the only source in their supply chain for wood base material, they have 100% transparency; they know exactly where all their lumber comes from for every component of their furniture; from the forest-floor to retail floor.