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Polywood

chair and ottomanPolywood lumber is made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE) with UV-inhibited pigment.

Using a resin recovery process developed at Rutgers University in the 1980s, polywood is made from recycled post consumer raw material (bottle waste including milk and detergent containers) and post industrial materials.

It is first sanitized by a decontamination process to achieve a high purity level, which removes any contaminants from the material.

In the next steps, the resin is mixed with pigment and a UV protection additive to improve exterior durability and resistance to fading, then extru­ded into a board stock of rigid material.

The result is a finished product that is rigid and will survive continuous outdoor use; polywood is a non-absorbent material that will not rot, split or crack and require no waterproofing, painting, staining, or similar maintenances that are required by wood furniture.

The color of each lumber piece is not simply a finish on top of the board but a pigment embedded within the material. Each color includes a superior ultraviolet (UV) additive to improve exterior durability and resistance to fading. In testing of the material in direct sun light studies have shown that little or no significant change in color over time. The material and its color are highly resistant to corrosive substances, including oil, fuels, insects, fungi, salt spray, and other environmental stresses.

Not only is polywood a recycled material, it is a product that is recyclable ad infinitum.