Permadeck boards : Fantastic Plastic ?
Treehuggers don't like plastic. Is this because we instinctly feel plastic has a high environmental cost (who ignores that it's made primarily from that non renewable black stuff). Well what about recycling it ? That's a good point after all. Plastic recycling is actually one of the big issues of the years to come : The world's annual consumption of plastic materials has increased from around 5 million tonnes in the 1950s to nearly 100 million tonnes today (source : wasteonline). Cascade Replast (Montréal, Québec), with its product Permadeck, is one of those companies that thake advantage from this largely available waste to process what they call 'plastic lumber'.Permadeck is the answer to those who want to build an ecological outside surface without the care needed for woodproducts : just like wood, it can be drilled, mitered and sanded, and being made out of 100% recycled plastic, offers a mix of maximum durability and minimum care, requiring, no painting, staining, nor treatment. Besides producing this construction material, Cascade Replast also specializes in site furnishing, personal chairs, all ecological and durable.
This is a good example of a moderate but realistic answer to the frenetic consumption of industrial goods in developped countries : recycling the millions of tons of chemical waste to produce highly technical materials. Plastic does sound better that way, doesn't it ?