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Why composite decking is more sustainable than timber decking
The future of our planet is important to us, so we aim to make our composite products as environmentally friendly as possible. We believe that just because something's easy for you, doesn't mean it has to be bad for the planet.
Did you know that our composite products are made from recycled and reclaimed materials?
A wood composite is in essence a material that is made from a mixture of natural wood, normally fibres of recycled timber and wood products to which recycled man made material such as recycled plastics are added. The result is a wood composite material that can be moulded or formed into almost any shape and can be used as a replacement for 100% natural wood traditionally used in garden decking.
Garden decking made from wood composite has many benefits over traditional wood decking in that it involves no painting, staining, sealing or sanding. This makes it great low maintenance garden decking solution that does not fade or splinter, it is also more slip resistant than natural timber and comes with our 25 year residential warranty.
The wood used in composite decking boards is sourced from reclaimed / recycled wood that has been discarded by modern industrial process & that thrown away after domestic use.
This reclaimed wood is processed to produce a fine wood flour that forms the wood component of the WPC decking boards.
We also use recycled plastics
The 'P' in WPC Decking stands for plastic, not just any old plastic, but reclaimed / recycled plastic that is processed into plastic beads so as to make the plastic easier to process further & in the case of WPC decking easier to process with the recycled wood flour the result being raw wood plastic composite WPC.
How do we make raw WPC?
Taking the wood flour and recycled plastic beads as shown above, bonding & colouring agents are added then processed to form what is known as raw wood plastic composite (WPC).
The raw WPC is in a form that can be fed into extrusion, process & injection molding machines that form preset items based upon their internal mold shape.
This manufacturing process allows us to build in subtle design features some of which natural wood just does not have.
Composite has huge advantages over natural wood
Note the tubular holes that run throughout the length of a composite decking boards / plank. The primary purpose of these tubular cavities is not to save money, or to make the decking boards lighter & easier to work with, both of which they do. No, their primary purpose is to act as 'slow motion' shock absorbers that relieve the wood component of pressure when it absorbs moisture during the changing seasons in an even manner throughout the cross-section of the plank & allowing the moisture to evaporate once again when the season changes. This prevents the WPC decking boards from bulging or splitting due to seasonal change, something that natural wood decking boards can be prone to.
This is just one of the many features of WPC decking that make it a superior product when it comes to garden decking construction.
We have used wood as a building material for tens of thousands of years and as the global population increases this need for wood is now threatening it's source, the woods and forests of the world. If we want to maintain our global tree stock we need to find alternatives, composite wood is one such alternative that comes with added benefits that will do more for our planet than help save our trees.
Help to save our oceans
The recycled plastic used in composite decking boards is sourced from reclaimed / recycled plastic. Today this type of plastic is polluting our oceans & killing the wild-life within them. By choosing composite decking over traditional wood decking for your garden / decking project you are helping with global ocean plastic pollution as more plastic waste is collected to source the needs of WPC decking production.
Buy into sustainability
Due to the wood component of WPC composite being recycled wood fibre and recycled man made materials such as plastic being another component, it is inherently more sustainable for use as garden / outdoor decking than natural wood. No trees are cut down & waste plastic products are removed from our environment.
Wood decking destroys trees...
As mankind's need for wood grows so does the plight of the tree. What you see above is in no small part due to the rise in popularity of hard wood decking & is part of the hidden cost of traditional wood garden decking.
Don't let your garden decking project contribute to the demise of the tree, choose composite, choose a future for our planet.
... Composite decking saves trees
By utilising waste and recycled timber composite decking not only helps protect the trees that are no longer needed for decking, it also provides a need for the waste timber that litters our industrial areas.
By choosing to use composite decking boards for your garden deck you are helping save the trees for the future of humanity.
Update: June 2022
We're excited to be partnered with Ecologi's tree-planting scheme to help with global reforestation. For every order we receive, Ecologi plants a tree. We've planted over 2,000 trees already. Read more.
How we're cutting down global pollution
WPC decking will use discarded plastic items like those that are often thrown into our oceans as plastic waste as its recycled plastic component of it composite structure. This in itself makes composite WPC decking a great eco friendly choice. Add to this that the wood component of the composite used for WPC garden decking boards also comes from recycled timber then when you choose WPC decking for your garden or outdoor decking project, you are in your own way doing your bit to help save our planet.