At the recent Greenbuild Expo in San Francisco I was hit with a realization about our products and other composite products like ours. People do not know who we are and more importantly what our products are made of. Sound like a strange question. Actually it was for me when I first came to Bedford just over two years ago. I thought composites were composites, but I was gravely wrong. There are significant differences in types and blends, as well as how processes affect performance of finished material. Bedford’s 100% recycled plastic lumber is engineered by using HDPE, known as High density polyethylene. Known for its large strength to density ratio, HDPE is commonly used in the production of plastic bottles, corrosion-resistant piping, geo-membranes to name a few. These are recognized as number 2 plastics, which are marked as such on the bottom of most plastic bottles. These bottles are sent to recycling centers and collection spots. Companies such as Bedford reclaim, clean and shred this material then mold or extrude into plastic lumber profiles and shapes. This is the simple version, but if you want to learn more I suggest giving us a call.
On the other hand wood composites are made of material that is composed of a mixture of wood fiber, plastic, and some type of binding agent. These ingredients are put together to form a material that is denser, stronger, and heavier than wood alone. However, is still subject to mold and staining without care. While this product is made of plastic components it is not the same.
Awareness and education on products are important before making a decision. Names alone can confuse a decision making process. The recent news article about New Jersey committing to composite products is promising for the composite industry and environment. A wood plastic composite was the choice for this product, but future awareness is apparent. To read this article please click on the link below.