We Use Recycled HDPE: What Is It and Why Do We Use It?
Plastic waste is one of the primary sources of pollution in the world. Every year, tons of plastic items get thrown out and end up in landfills and other natural environments like the ocean. Even though most plastic products are recyclable, only a small fraction of plastics are actually recycled, which is often because most people don’t truly understand plastics and how to recycle them.
For this reason, individuals need to learn about the various types of plastic that exist in the products they buy so they can make more informed purchases and ensure their products are being recycled properly. Not all plastics are the same and some are better for the environment than others.
What is HDPE?
HDPE, also known as high-density polyethylene, or plastic #2, is one of the most commonly used plastics due to its durability and recyclability. It can be made into both rigid and soft forms, meaning it is also highly functional and adaptable as it can be used for everyday products like shampoo bottles or more sturdy products like outdoor furniture.
HDPE is also lightweight and strong and can be molded into just about any shape so it’s replacing other sturdy materials in everything from packaging to automotive parts to building materials. It’s extremely versatile and recyclable. This is why it is considered one of the most environmentally friendly plastics. It is easy to find, highly durable, and the most widely accepted plastic at recycling plants, so it can be recycled and reused repeatedly.
What Products Are Made Using HDPE Plastic?
Because Recycled HDPE is so adaptable, it is used in numerous products. Some of the more common items made with HDPE include:
- Milk jugs
- Water and juice bottles
- Shampoo and conditioner bottles
- Food storage containers
- Underground pipes
- Playground equipment
- Kid and pet toys
Recycled HDPE is also widely used to make outdoor products and furniture such as garbage bins, decking, bike racks, benches, fencing, chairs, and picnic tables. In fact, HDPE is considered one of the most environmentally friendly building materials because it is low-maintenance, long-lasting, non-toxic, and can be reused over and over again.
Why Polly Products Uses Recycled HDPE
At Polly Products, we are committed to doing our part to protect the environment and provide quality products that will last. That’s why we use only the best-recycled plastic, HDPE.
When developing our outdoor furniture, we use recycled HDPE because:
- It doesn’t rust, fade, or break down like other materials.
- It requires little maintenance.
- It is strong, durable, and long-lasting.
- It has high chemical and acid resistance, meaning it won’t warp or react to household chemicals, foods, or beverages.
- It can be made to mimic the look and feel of real wood.
- It is waterproof and weather resistant in cold and hot climates.
- It’s resistant to mold, mildew, rotting, and bacteria.
- It can be made in a variety of colors that won’t easily fade or require repainting because the color is evenly mixed into the plastic.
- Most importantly, it helps reduce plastic waste and is better for the environment.
The Polly Products Green Mission
At Polly Products, we use 100% recycled plastic to create our furniture allowing us to meet the EPA’s guidelines for park and recreation products. Everything we do is green, from our products to our company beliefs and practices. We are fully committed to ecological conservation.
Located in rural Michigan, our company shares humble values and believes in delivering quality products. We proudly supply environmentally responsible outdoor furniture, 100% made and assembled in the USA. Check out our website to learn more about the Polly Products green promise.