Yellowstone National Park Announces Recycling Partnership with, Universal Textile Technologies, United Soybean Board Four Corners Recycling, & CPE, Inc.

Green2Gether. Green Lifestyles - Yellowstone National Park Announces Recycling Partnership with, Universal Textile Technologies, United Soybean Board Four Corners Recycling, & CPE, IncFebruary 2011 Dalton, GA-At Yellowstone National Park, another sight that’s as predictable as the park’s famous Old Faithful Geyser are recycling bins stuffed with food wrappers, plastic bottles, and other items generated by the park’s three and a half million annual visitors. In recent years, Yellowstone Park has been the leader in recycling innovation with programs that have significantly reduced the park’s dependency on area landfills. A new and unique recycling partnership, forged with Universal Textile Technologies, Four Corners Recycling, CPE, Inc and the United Soybean Board (USB), will reduce and ensure the reuse of the amount of plastic bottles that go into landfills, create and protect jobs for the American workforce and help Yellowstone National Park meet its recycling goals

Universal Textile has committed to purchase the recyclable plastic bottles Yellowstone collects each year and convert them into a non-woven fleece material that is used to manufacture high-performance backing for carpet and select synthetic turf products. This process will promote the reuse of discarded plastic bottles, while demonstrating the unlimited potential organizations can realize when they work towards a common goal. The Georgia Tech Research Institute has provided third-party verification for this innovative project. USB helped forge the partnership through its longstanding relationships with both Universal and Yellowstone National Park. Universal is a leader in the use of soy to reduce the petroleum content in its backing. Yellowstone is a nationally recognized trailblazer in the use of biobased products as well as recycling.

Like many recyclable materials collected in America, most of the plastics collected in Yellowstone had previously been sold overseas, where they were used to produce plastic products that were later sold in the U.S. “Yellowstone was created as the world’s first national park in 1872. We have an obligation to set the example for promoting sound environmental stewardship practices that will serve as a model for future generations. This new partnership not only diverts plastics from landfills, it protects and creates U.S. jobs and dramatically decreases the fuel and other resources used to transport materials around the planet,” stated Jim Evanoff, an innovative and nationally recognized speaker on the Yellowstone Eco-System, an Environmental Protection Specialist with Yellowstone National Park and instrumental in the implementation of this exciting program.

Universal Textile incorporates the use of recycled bottles to manufacture BioCelTM and EnviroCelTM environmentally friendly polyurethane backing systems for carpet and synthetic turf. Both BioCel and EnviroCel utilize recycled plastic bottles combined with naturally renewable soybean- based polyols, derived from domestically grown soybeans. The use of soy-based products helps to support the U.S. economy, create American jobs and is another way Universal Textile products contribute money back into the U.S. economy. Universal Textile is a member of the Biobased Products Coalition.

The partnership represents a model system that can help increase the demand for recycled content in American-made products. For example, Yellowstone will have the ability to purchase carpets featuring recycled content from the park combined with Universal’s soy based polyol technology, bringing the recycle story full circle.

Both BioCel and EnviroCel assist in LEED® certification. BioCel and EnviroCel are resistant to moisture, insulate against energy loss, reduce ambient noise and increase the structural integrity of carpet and synthetic turf. BioCel and EnviroCel also use CelceramTM, a highly refined material recovered from coal combustion in electric utility power plants.

“We are told on average 3 or 4 bottles out of 10 are recycled in America today. Our objective is to increase the number of bottles recycled. We believe this amazing program will increase awareness of the many opportunities for Americans to participate. We ask you to recycle your plastic, by doing so you will help our great country, additionally creating jobs and growing our economy. These benefits will be shared by everyone for generations to come. If we don’t address these issues today our children and grandchildren will certainly be forced to,” said Doug Giles, director of marketing for Universal Textile Technologies. “We are excited to be a part of Project Yellowstone and are looking forward to working with the National Park Service.”

Universal Textile Technologies supplies the carpet industry with multiple backing systems manufactured for use in mid to high-traffic commercial, hospitality, residential, corporate, healthcare, education, and lodging markets. Additional markets include synthetic turf for sports fields and synthetic grass for landscape applications. For more information, contact Universal Textile here.

Contact: Doug Giles
Universal Textile Technologies

One Response to “Yellowstone National Park Announces Recycling Partnership with, Universal Textile Technologies, United Soybean Board Four Corners Recycling, & CPE, Inc.”

  1. I can’t hear aynhting over the sound of how awesome this article is.

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