All over the world, the importance of sustainability is evident — perhaps now more than ever. At TimberTech, we’re not afraid to Go Against the Grain®, because thinking big has always been at our core. As a company driven by our values — among them, “Always Do the Right Thing” and “Lead Through Innovation” — we’re working tirelessly to convert the building products industry from its uninspiring past to its bright and sustainable future. That means we develop world-class sustainable decking and outdoor living products that are beautifully engineered to last.
Continue reading to learn how we’re changing the building industry, one preserved tree and premium deck at a time.
Sustainable Decking Is at Our Core
We know that we have a responsibility to preserve our planet and to contribute to homes that are as eco-friendly as they are beautiful. To achieve this, we use recycled wood from other industries to avoid unnecessarily chopping down trees and leverage up to 98% of our scrap material to minimize our contribution to landfills.
When you choose sustainable decking from TimberTech, you’re not just helping us achieve our sustainability goals, you’re also doing the planet a solid. Check out the positive impact we’ve had so far:
Conserving Earth’s Forests
Because homeowners like you choose TimberTech® decking over wood, we saved more than 1 million trees since 2015 — that’s approximately 20,000 acres of forest. Our decking boasts all the nuanced tones and grain variation found in traditional wood, but without felling a single tree. We even offer colors that capture the beauty of exotic hardwoods like Ipe, but which won’t quickly lose their saturation like Ipe does.
Scrapping the Idea of Scrap
We diverted approximately 290 million pounds of waste and scrap from landfills in 2019. In addition, 98% of our internal scrap is reused. We use advanced technologies that turn scrap and recycled products into raw material that can be molded into a composite deck board or railing. Our green manufacturing therefore keeps engineered materials out of the soil and in use, where they belong.
Less Landfill Is More
TimberTech® Pavers are made from up to 95% recycled materials. That means every 500 square feet prevents approximately 250 vehicle tires from entering U.S. landfills, and more than 7,500 plastic containers from polluting the Earth. Landfills are not only unsightly, but they also can pollute nearby communities, plus disrupt groundwater runoff and the water cycle. We recycle material so we can fill our deck board cores, not our landfills.
We take pride in our sustainability efforts by using clean manufacturing to create recycled and recyclable products. The capped polymer decking in our TimberTech AZEK® line contains up to 54% recycled material, and our composite decking in the TimberTech PRO® and TimberTech EDGE™ lines use up to 80% recycled material. And while those numbers are high, we’re committed to integrating an even higher percentage of recycled materials over time and accelerating their use across the building products industry. Not only that, but we’re deliberately sourcing hard-to-recycle materials that would traditionally be passed up by other companies and wind up in landfills to fill the cores of our boards.
We Invest in Our Home So You Can Invest in Yours
Sustainable decking isn’t just good for the planet — it’s also great for you. We empower consumers to replace traditional building materials with our premium capped polymer and capped composite decking. The result? Enduringly beautiful residential and commercial building products that provide value through lower maintenance and reduced total cost over the lifetime of your deck.
Traditional wood can’t say the same. Pressure-treated lumber will weather and discolor over time, even when properly maintained. That comes at a high financial cost to you, and a high ecological cost to the environment — deck stains release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air, which can cause health problems and air pollution. To contribute to both sustainable decking and a healthier planet, TimberTech uses up to 80% recycled materials in our composite deck lines. That means an environmentally-friendly product that cuts costs instead of trees.
We Innovate With 2020 Vision
Our commitment to innovation, sustainability, research, and design drives us to always ask how we can improve both our process and our sustainable outdoor living products. We operate highly automated manufacturing facilities in Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and Ohio — plus our 100,000-square-foot green recycling plant in Wilmington, Ohio, opened on Earth Day 2019.
Thanks to our state-of-the-art manufacturing plants:
- We reuse hundreds of gallons of water each day with our closed-loop water filtration system, recycling up to 96% of water annually.
- Approximately 54% of all extruded materials are expected to be from recycled material in 2020, up from approximately 44% in 2019.
- We’re striving to incorporate more hard-to-recycle materials into our decking lines as part of our commitment to go green-er.
Just what kind of material do we recycle to make our sustainable decking lines? Drag the slider below to see for yourself.
We Wood Never
To combat deforestation and make our sustainable decking, we use only 100% recycled wood and plastics in our outdoor living products. See some of the common objects we transform into our high-performance decks.
High-density polyethylene products (HDPE) include commonly used containers for solutions like shampoos, conditioners, motor oils, and milk.
Detergent bottles are often made of HDPE or polyethylene (PE). PE is the most popular plastic in the world. It’s found in everything from plastic bags bullet proof vests.
Plastic wrap is commonly made of polyvinylidene chloride (PVC) or low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and typically used for food packaging and storage.