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UTT to Turn Park Waste Into Carpet Backing

Universal Textile Technologies has formed a partnership with Grand Teton National Park to convert bottles from the park into backing for carpet and synthetic turf products.

The PET Park Project will also educate park visitors on the reuse of discarded plastic bottles. Project partners include Teton County Solid Waste and Recycling, CPE, Inc. and the United Soybean Board.

UTT will convert the bottles into non-woven fleece material used to manufacture BioCel and EnviroCel, high-performance polyurethane backings which also include soybean-based polyols.

The company says this initiative will cut down on the carbon footprint typically involved in plastic bottle re-use, because many bottles are shipped overseas to be made into new products, before being shipped back to the U.S. UTT, on the other hand, will do its manufacturing in this country.

The relationship between plastic bottles, parks and businesses has been getting more attention lately, with reports that the National Parks canceled plans to ban small plastic water bottles in the Grand Canyon, after discussions with Coca-Cola, a major donor to the National Parks Foundation.

In other plastic re-use news, New Jersey-based Axion International is building a bridge in York, Maine out of old laundry detergent containers and milk cartons. The discarded packaging is mixed with fiberglass and converted into plastic polymer, the New York Times reports.

 

Universal Textile Technologies (UTT) has formed a partnership with Grand Teton National Park to convert bottles from the park into backing for carpet and synthetic turf products.

 

The PET Park Project will educate park visitors on the reuse of discarded plastic bottles also includes partners Teton County Solid Waste and Recycling, CPE, Inc., and the United Soybean Board (USB).

 

UTT will convert the bottles into non-woven fleece material used to manufacture BioCel and EnviroCel, high-performance polyurethane backings which also include soybean-based polyols.

 

The company says this initiative will cut down on the carbon footprint typically involved in plastic bottle re-use, because many bottles are shipped overseas to be made into new products, before being shipped back to the U.S.

 

The relationship between plastic bottles, parks and businesses has been getting more attention lately, with reports that the National Parks canceled plans to ban small plastic water bottles in the Grand Canyon, after discussions with Coca-Cola, a major donor to the National Parks Foundation.

 

In other plastic re-use news, New Jersey-based Axion International is building a bridge in York, Maine out of old laundry detergent containers and milk cartons. The discarded packaging is mixed with fiberglass and converted into plastic polymer. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/02/plastic-bottles-reborn-as-a-bridge/?ref=energy-environment

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