Whether you are adding a room, renovating your house, or starting from scratch, construction can be an arduous and lengthy process. Not only can it turn your life upside down, but it also can generate a lot of waste. To help “green” the construction process, many companies are creating innovative recycled home building materials – from plastics.
Recycled Building Product #1: Composite Lumber
I-Plas creates composite lumber from recycled plastics and wood that can be used like traditional lumber, from structural support to decking, fencing and retaining walls. Natures Composites also produces lumber made from recycled high-density polyethylene (plastic) mixed with wheat straw cellulose. You can cut and fasten this lumber substitute just like wood, but the plastic composite lumber generally outlasts wood and is easier to maintain.
Recycled Building Product #2: Plastic Roofing Tiles
Plastic Lumber Yard creates recycled plastic roofing tiles that look like slate but are lighter and easier to install than their traditional slate counterparts.