The deal, announced by Universal Textile Technologies, calls for the recycled plastic bottles to be shipped to the firm’s Georgia plant. The process uses recycled plastic and naturally renewable soybean-based polyols derived from domestically grown soybeans to create two lines of products, BioCel and EnviroCel. The use of recycled carpet backing has a whole ripple effect: American products (recycled plastics and soybeans) are used to create products sold to American companies that count toward LEED certification.
“Yellowstone was created as the world’s first national park in 1872,” said Jim Evanoff, an Environmental Protection Specialist with Yellowstone National Park. “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 dramatically decreases the fuel and other resources used to transport materials around the planet.”