August 07, 2012
TPI’s Marine Division Introduces NewWood
KALAMAZOO — More than 170 million pounds of plastic and wood waste will be diverted from landfills and regenerated into one of the most revolutionary new building materials available on the market.
NewWood, developed and manufactured in Washington state by a company of the same name, is a new composite construction material made from 100 percent recycled materials, consisting of 50 percent plastic and 50 percent wood waste. By converting would-be waste into a valuable resource, NewWood reduces the depletion of forests and lowers fossil fuel consumption.
The hybrid mixture is durable, waterproof, sanitary, insect resistant, easy to work with and perfect for various marine applications. NewWood can be used in boat construction, molds and castings, decks, deck boxes, pontoons, boat slip skirts, seats, seawalls and many other applications.
Total Plastics Marine Division, which offers a broad selection of water and weather resistant materials that are well suited for marine applications, is the exclusive distributor of NewWood.
The durable “green” material, formed with heat and pressure into panels, is the sustainable, environmentally-friendly alternative to plywood and plastic sheets. It’s available in a variety of colors and panel sizes. More importantly, NewWood requires no special tooling or material handling equipment. The same tools used on particleboard, plywood and structural lumber can be used for fabricating and forming NewWood.
NewWood, when compared to wood products, has a number of advantages, beyond environmental. NewWood is a more sanitary material, highly resistant to the transmission of bacteria and the growth of any fungal contaminant. Tests prove the material is virtually water resistant and carries a lower water absorption and swelling rate when compared to wood. NewWood will also not splinter, crack, fade or have other defects typically found with lumber.
More information on NewWood can be found on Total Plastics’ website, totalplastics.com, or at newwood.com. The company has also produced several videos documenting NewWood’s development and benefits. To watch the videos, click here.