From: Paul Geary, ENN
Published August 17, 2005 12:00 AM

Innovative Environment-Friendly Products: Trex Backyard Decking

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Today's product feature shows that the successful environment-friendly product can have advantages over its traditional counterparts above and beyond simply helping the green cause.

Trex Company, Inc., has developed "lumber" to build a backyard deck using entirely recycled materials. The products are made from a combination of reclaimed waste wood and plastic. The plastic component is primarily recycled plastic grocery bags and reclaimed pallet wrap.

Decks and railings made from compounds like this actually have advantages over the traditional wood decking material. Since they're part plastic, they won't rot the way wood sometimes does because of the weather or insects. Trex decks are moisture, insect, and sunlight resistant. This means that you don't have to spend time and money on the annual treating of your deck. When you treat a deck, you're introducing harsh chemicals into your backyard environment.


Trex decking products come in three textures and several color choices within each. The textures allow for traction even when wet whereas surfaces made of 100% plastic can get slippery when wet. Also, since its made of a wood/plastic compound, Trex decks don't splinter.

The product can be used not only for decks but also for pool walk-arounds, benches, porch bases, patios, and boat docks or marinas.

You can buy Trex decking products at over 3,000 dealers and lumberyards all over the US. There is a locator on the company's website, and of course you can learn much more about this product there:

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