It’s Made from What? Common Products You Didn’t Know Were Made from Recycled Material

Seeking companies that make the effort to produce products from recycled materials helps to support a production method that benefits the environment. When you choose recycled materials, you help to reduce the growing amount of waste created. When you’re finished with these products, they can be recycled again.

Choosing recycled products will help you feel good about your impact on the environment around you. So to increase your awareness of the recycled products available to you, read on to find a number of common products that you may not have known are made from recycled material.

Furniture

Furniture innovators have found that they can build chairs, sofas, and other pieces from recycled wood and other materials. While maintaining elegant and homey designs, recycled furniture materials such as timber, plastic, or steel minimally impact wood resources. Instead of cutting down more trees to produce these pieces, recycled wood helps to reduce the amount of effort needed to make furniture and preserves resources that benefit our environment. You can still find beautiful indoor and outdoor furniture when choosing recycled wood or other materials.

Paper Publications

Many paper publications, such as newspapers and magazines, make an effort to use recycled paper. Doing so helps to reduce the amount of reliability these corporations have on paper printing, which is a harmful process in regards to the environment around us.

While it’s great that many publications have made an effort to reuse paper materials, a lot of the responsibility to be environmentally friendly falls on the consumer to continue the recycling process and make sure that, after they read the publication, they recycle it. Without recycled paper, publications will have to resort to cutting down more trees to produce more paper.

Facility Materials

When renovating or remodeling your facility, selecting materials that are not only built from recycled products but are also recyclable themselves helps to close the recycling loop. For example, if you’re looking for restroom materials, you should ask about how the materials were produced and how you can dispose of them. For instance, are the bathroom partitions you’re selecting made from pre-consumer recycled content? Are the lockers for your locker room 100% recyclable to help reduce industrial waste?

Today, we see more and more products being produced using recycled materials and that are recyclable to help preserve environmental resources and reduce our level of waste. That’s why it’s important to take note of the products you buy and how environmentally friendly they actually are.

At Scranton Products, we’re proud to produce 100% recyclable facility products made from recycled materials. We do our part to provide you with a high-quality product but also to create an environmentally friendly product that helps the world around us.

You can find out where you can buy Scranton Product materials near you.

The Key to Reducing Restroom Maintenance Costs in Stadiums

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Operational costs can significantly impact the budget for any type of facility but especially for sports stadiums. Frequent heavy use by fans and visitors takes a particularly heavy toll on the restrooms.

However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways for administrators to keep the cost of both short- and long-term maintenance low. In fact, reducing restroom maintenance costs is simple when planned properly.

Understanding the Trouble Areas

To learn how to reduce the costs of restroom maintenance, it might be best to first understand where most building officials are spending more on maintenance costs. Primarily this is in the repair and replacement of bathroom partitions. The partition, or stall, typically houses a toilet and features a locking door.

The majority of commercial bathrooms features partitions made from steel. This is due partly because steel is easy to manufacture and therefore provides a lower upfront cost to contractors and architects. However, steel needs proper routine maintenance to continue looking and functioning properly.

One major problem that steel has is rust. Rust occurs when metal is subject to oxygen and moisture. With excited sports fans spilling drinks and frantically washing their hands to get back to the big game, it’s not a question of if steel partitions will rust but when.

Another common problem with metal bathroom partitions is denting. The metal panels aren’t solid steel but instead thinner sheets attached to a frame. These thin sheets are easily damaged when treated carelessly. Their smooth surface also creates a perfect area for graffiti or scratching, which can be an eyesore to an otherwise stylish restroom.

To help administrators cut the costs of routine maintenance, they need to consider alternatives to the materials they’re using.

Lowering Maintenance Costs with HDPE

HDPE, or high-density polyethylene, is a type of plastic that can be manufactured into bathroom partitions. This material can also significantly reduce the cost of routine maintenance in stadium restrooms in several ways, the first being its resistance to rust.

It’s also resistant to dents and scratches. Plus designers can choose HDPE partitions in a variety of colors and designs to match the theme of any stadium. They can even be made to resemble the look of traditional steel without the negative drawbacks.

Not only is HDPE resistant to rust, dents, scratches, and corrosion, but it’s also easily washable. Cleaning staff can even use a power washer to clean HDPE partitions, helping to make cleaning the restrooms more efficient.

This is how stadiums with HDPE partitions can spend less on replacing or repairing their restroom partitions and less on cleaning the restrooms as well.

Want to know more about how HDPE bathroom partitions can help to reduce the cost of restroom maintenance in your stadium? Contact Scranton Products today or read our Ameritrade Stadium Case Study to see how this facility reduced their maintenance costs through HDPE bathroom partitions.

Why the Architecture 2030 Challenge Matters for Both New and Old Construction

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Architecture 2030 aims to transform the built environment from being the major contributor of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to a solution to the climate crisis. Understanding this organization’s goals and why they’re important can help you make informed decisions when it comes to construction. Learn more about the Architecture 2030 Challenge below.

What is Architecture 2030?

Architecture 2030 aims to reduce global fossil fuel consumption and GHG emissions by changing the planning, design, and construction of cities, communities, infrastructure, and buildings. They also pursue the regional development of a built environment that can manage the impacts of climate change, preserve natural resources, and access low-cost renewable energy resources. This organization’s efforts began more than a decade ago, and today, they’re being recognized for implementing key strategies that contribute to the global sustainability movement.

What’s the Solution?

According to architecture2030.com, an area equal to 3.5 times the entire built environment of the US will be redesigned, reshaped, and rebuilt globally over the next 20 years. Traditional methods of construction are powered by electricity produced by burning fossil fuels, thus damaging the planet’s climate. Using energy-efficient design strategies and power from renewable resources during building design and construction can be a solution to the climate change crisis. Throughout the design process, strategies must utilize low-cost or no-cost sustainable and passive design. These methods can include reducing the energy the building requires by planning its orientation and incorporating daylighting and a passive heating and cooling strategy. This can provide fossil-fuel–free energy from on-site renewables or from accessing renewable energy produced off-site.

What Can You Do to Help?

Learning more about adopting the Architecture 2030 challenge can significantly help in achieving a solution to the climate change crisis. Those who work in the building sector have the power to make these changes that can have a significant impact in the global sustainability movement. One resource that will help the building sector understand the principles and actions to create low-carbon and adaptable built environments worldwide is the 2030 Palette. This is a guide to low carbon resilient design from the regional level down to individual building elements. The free online tool is a powerful catalyst for implementing the 2030 Challenge. An architect looking to improve low carbon design skills would benefit from the AIA+2030 Professional Development Series. A property owner, planner, local government policy maker, developer, or community stakeholder looking to meet the 2030 Challenge for Planning in your area, check out the 2030 Districts program. Scranton Produces uses sustainable materials for your restrooms, lockers, and other applications to allow you to support a healthier environment. Click here to find out where to buy Scranton Products.

 

What You Need to Know About the Greenguard Gold Certification Program

Making sure that you create a healthy environment for children and students is one of the most important responsibilities of a school’s facility manager. One way that you can ensure the safety of the students in your school is using materials that are Greenguard Gold certified.

But what exactly is the Greenguard Gold Certification Program and how can you make sure that your school lives up to the program’s standards?

To ensure that your students have a healthy learning environment, we’re here to help you learn what you need to know about the Greenguard Gold Certification Program. Continue reading to learn more.

What is the Greenguard Gold Certification Program?

This program ensures that manufacturers create products with low levels of chemical emissions to help ensure natural and healthy air quality. The Greenguard Gold Certification Program consists of the strictest air quality criteria to ensure that children in schools or daycares are being educated in a safe environment. The program is based on a product’s ability to address the following four criteria:

1. Body Burden Correction Factor: It’s proven that children inhale and exhale faster than adults do. Based on this, harmful emissions can affect a child faster than an adult. The Body Burden Correction Factor is used in Greenguard certification to make sure that indoor air quality has lower allowable emissions criteria.

2. Chronic Reference Exposure Levels: Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are harmful to many individuals, especially younger children. To receive Greenguard Gold certification, manufacturers must show a dramatic decrease in VOC emissions to be sure that the air quality around a school is safe.

3. Limits on Phthalates: Phthalates are high-production volume chemicals that can have harmful effects on humans and children. The Environmental Protection Agency has accumulated test results that show exposure to phthalates through inhalation can result in reproductive and developmental disorders, asthma, and other allergies.

It’s imperative that schools stay free of these phthalates, and the Greenguard Gold Certification Program enforces strict limits on the emissions of total phthalates with a given product.

4. Emission Controls for Educational and Healthcare Environments

This standard of the Greenguard Gold Certification Program defines the low-emitting materials that are safe to use in places where children spend large amounts of time. Healthcare and educational environments need to include materials that are sensitive to the harm that dangerous emissions could create in these environments.

If you’re remodeling your school, it’s important to make sure that you use materials that satisfy the Greenguard Gold Certification Program.

Scranton Products uses HDPE plastic materials for locker and bathroom partition construction, which hold to the Greenguard Gold Certification Program.

To learn more about HDPE lockers and their benefits, click here to download our free eBook, The Ultimate Guide to HDPE Lockers. This eBook will explain why HDPE materials are superior to others and all they have to offer your facility.

Reducing Our Environmental Impact

The impact of waste on our natural environment is nothing less than staggering. Harmful chemicals and greenhouse gasses are being released from rubbish in our landfill sites, while habitat destruction and global warming are a direct result of deforestation and overuse of our energy supply due to the manufacturing of raw materials.

Most of the materials disposed of in a garbage bin can last in the environment for hundreds to thousands of years creating toxins and pollutants that are harmful to our environment, animals and ultimately, ourselves.

The connection between protecting our environment and safeguarding human health has been at the forefront for some time now. In recent years, research and legislation have been identifying and working to regulate environmental toxins to reduce or eliminate harmful human exposures.

Americans have taken notice and are doing their part by hauling more than 82 million tons of trash to recycling centers each year. However, it doesn’t stop there. According to a recent survey, nearly 83 percent of Americans say they feel better when buying products made from recycled plastics or other recycled materials. This contribution helps to reduce pollution caused by waste, reduces the need for raw materials and aids in the preservation of both rainforests and natural resources.

In order to address this worldwide issue, some manufacturers are practicing sustainable manufacturing, creating products through processes that conserve energy and natural resources while minimizing negative environmental impacts.

Supporting a Healthier Environment

At Scranton Products’ we are committed to reducing environmental impact and supporting a healthier environment. That’s why all of our products are made from recycled materials and are themselves 100% recyclable. Constructed from premium, American-made HDPE plastic, our products are designed to meet LEED requirements and are GREENGUARD Gold Certified, which means they meet the strict certification requirements for use in schools and healthcare facilities.

If you are interested in quality building products that support a healthier environment, please visit our website and learn more about our sustainable brands and our corporate commitment to the environment.

Low Emitting Materials

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Many common building materials, such as paint and carpeting, emit chemicals during and after installation, which can compromise indoor air quality. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), most people receive 72 percent of their exposure to potentially hazardous air pollutants at home – the one place where most of us feel the safest.

Some of the substances being released into home or office buildings include organic chemicals such as formaldehyde, benzene, acetaldehyde, and toluene, which are referred to as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) because they off-gas readily into the air.

VOCs are the most common contaminant of indoor air, with concentrations up to 10 times higher indoors than outdoors, according to the EPA. In fact, most of our exposure to environmental pollutants takes place when we breathe indoor air, which can be 2 to 5 times more polluted than the outdoor air. This is a significant concern, because people spend the vast majority of their time indoors, where they are exposed to indoor air pollutants as they sleep, work, or go to school.

So how do VOCs get into our homes? Most of the VOCs that we are exposed to on a daily basis are commonly found in manufactured wood products such as composites; flooring and carpeting; ceiling, wall, thermal and acoustic insulation; interior paints; interior adhesives and sealants; and furniture and upholstery.

The largest concentration of VOCs is typically released when a product is first installed, with emissions diminishing over time. Products that are applied wet, such as adhesives and paints, usually release large quantities of VOCs during the first few days or weeks after application. After that, the emissions taper off quickly. On the other hand, solid materials such as wood products, furniture, or flooring may have relatively low initial VOC emissions, but because it takes longer for these emissions to taper off, they may contribute to long-term air quality issues.

Health Effects

VOCs are associated with a range of health effects. Short-term exposure to VOCs can result in “Sick Building Syndrome,” with large groups of building occupants reporting symptoms such as eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, and dizziness. Longer term exposure – referred to as “Building Related Illnesses” – can result in nervous system, kidney and liver damage, and can lead to cancer. Children, seniors, and people with respiratory problems are at particular risk of a serious reaction from exposure to VOCs. In some cases, exposure to VOCs may trigger “Multiple Chemical Sensitivity,” stimulating higher sensitivity to other chemicals.

VOCs can also react with nitrogen oxides (NOx) in sunlight to create ozone, which can cause eye and bronchial irritation. This has prompted the initiation of regulatory restrictions of VOCs. The EPA regulates VOCs in air, water, and land, while the Safe Water Drinking Act sets maximum contaminant level standards for several organic compounds in public water systems. Although OSHA regulates VOC exposure in the workplace, VOC exposure is not regulated in non-industrial indoor air.

Steps to Improve Indoor Air Quality

A clearer understanding of the health impacts of these chemicals combined with more sophisticated testing technologies has led to more stringent health-based standards to screen materials based on their effect on indoor environmental quality. In addition, product certification programs such as GREENGUARD and Indoor Advantage, as well as industry specific certification programs are having a significant impact on improving indoor air quality.

As concerns both with air quality and with the health risks associated with these chemicals has grown, the demand for low-VOC and No-VOC products has dramatically increased. Low-emitting products are now widely available, making it easier for architects, designers and facilities managers to specify healthier, more sustainable products and materials for their projects.

 

Considerations in Selecting Building Products and Materials

Because we spend so much of our time indoors, our health depends on improving the quality of indoor air. According to the USEPA, the best strategy to limit chemical exposure and reduce indoor air pollution is source control.  This includes selecting products such as GREENGUARD Certified products that have been tested and certified for low chemical emissions. GREENGUARD Certified products are tested for more than 10,000 chemicals to ensure their safe use indoors, and these products are listed on the free UL SPOT database.

 

Low emitting products and materials offer multiple benefits:

  • They do not release significant pollutants into the indoor environment.
  • They reduce the symptoms of sick building syndrome, including headaches, fatigue, eye and respiratory irritation, dizziness, and other symptoms.
  • They reduce pollution of natural waterways.
  • And they improve worker safety and health.

 

When selecting building products and materials, architects, designers, facilities managers, and builders, have an opportunity to choose products and materials that can enhance air quality, improve human health, and protect the environment. Selecting low emission products and materials can also help projects achieve LEED credits, an important consideration in the design and construction of sustainable structures.

LEED lists seven different categories for interior and exterior features to achieve compliance for certification pertaining to VOC. These categories include:

  • Interior Paints
  • Interior adhesives and sealants
  • Flooring
  • Composite wood
  • Ceilings, walls, thermal and acoustic insulation
  • Furniture

To achieve LEED credit, products such as adhesives, sealants, interior paints, and furniture must reach a threshold of 90% low-VOC.

In addition to achieving VOC compliance, a sustainably designed building will incorporate products and materials, which can be reused or recycled upon the end of the product’s life, or the life of the building, reducing the amount of waste that enters landfills.

Supporting a Healthier Environment

At Scranton Products, we believe in supporting a healthier environment. As a leading manufacturer of toilet partitions, lockers and other HDPE (high density polyethylene) products, Scranton Products adheres to the highest standards, developing low emitting products that meet LEED requirements for air quality and sustainability, as well as meeting GREENGUARD emissions standards.

 

Our products are free of VOC emissions, are eligible for LEED credits pertaining to VOCs, and are GREENGUARD Gold Certified, meeting strict certification requirements for use in schools and healthcare facilities. In addition, all of our products are made from recycled materials and are 100% recyclable.

 

By selecting low emitting products made with Scranton Products HDPE, architects, designers, facilities managers, and builders can help to improve the indoor air quality of their projects while reducing environmental impact.

 

For more information on Scranton Products low-emitting, sustainable products, click on the link below.

 

What Plastics Can Become

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As landfills continue to grow at a rate the country is trying to keep pace with, small businesses across the US as well as in other countries are finding ways to repurpose one of the items found readily in those landfills – plastic. Most plastics are made of organic polymers, with a high molecular mass, but are also combined with chemicals and other synthetic materials, that do not make them suitable for recycling. Other plastics like polylactic acid (PLA) and high density polyetylene (HDPE) are suitable for making renewable products that allow us to reduce our carbon footprint.

 

Here in the US, and in other developed countries, recycled plastics are being used to manufacture a wide variety of commercial items and products, including: milk jugs and plastic bottles; plastic decking and outdoor furniture; lawn and garden products; toilet partitions; cutting boards; storage lockers; playground equipment; building construction; office products; automobile parts, carpeting; and even clothing. And thanks to our human ingenuity and creativity, plastics are being considered for use in other unusual ways, even for making roadways. “The Plastic Road” is a project concept developed by an engineering firm in Europe. They expect to have a usable case study by the end of this year.

 

The state of Texas has also been used as a pilot state for a similar use of recycled plastics. Dykes Paving,  an Atlanta based small business, holds several patents in recycling inventions. The firm conducted a study to find an innovative way to use recycled plastic bottles to reduce the costs of the state’s road repair bills. Because much of the state’s vast network of roads is built from clay, which causes the roads to crack and buckle, the idea was to support the crumbling clay using recycled plastic bottles as “pins”. This would provide sustainable materials for long-term use, and lessen both the environmental impact as well as the financial burden on the state. This small business is not alone in its innovative thinking by using plastic products as they relate to sustainability.

 

Because of its strength, durability and ease of recyling, one of the most commonly used plastics in the U.S. in the manufacture of products made from recycled plastic is HDPE, labeled #2 for recycling purposes.

 

An industry leader in the manufacture of products made from recycled HDPE, Scranton Products is committed to developing and using sustainable building products that reduce plastic waste and keep it from landfills. We manufacture high quality bathroom partitions, lockers and other products that offer many advantages due to the inherent strengths of HDPE plastic. These products will never absorb moisture; are dent and scratch resistant; don’t support the growth of mold or bacteria; never need painting; and are 100% recyclable.

If you are interested in sustainability, and wish to learn more about our products and our corporate commitment to people and our planet, please visit our website.

The Top Guide for Facility Maintenance & Property Solutions

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Managing a facility isn’t always the easiest job because you need to stay on top of everything. As a facility manager, you have strict codes and guidelines to adhere to in order to supply your occupants with a safe and healthy environment.

To properly follow through on the maintenance of your facility, we’ll provide you with some crucial tips so you can ensure that your building is a safe environment that runs as efficiently as possible.

Guidelines for Standard Maintenance

It’s important to always be a step ahead of maintenance. To do so, it’s strongly advised that you perform system checks every few months. Check your heating system, water pumps, and electrical systems to make sure that everything is in order and that the systems are performing as expected.

When you perform your inspections, don’t leave any stones unturned. It’s important to be thorough in your examinations because you could spot a slight issue that, if left unchecked, could result in serious problems. By checking these systems and spotting any issues, you’ll save yourself a ton in future repair costs.

Preventive maintenance is key to averting severe damage of system failures because you can effectively catch the issue before it becomes financially taxing. You’ll want to:

  • Check your heating system
  • Evaluate your water system
  • Assess the electrical systems

Improving & Maintaining Indoor Air Quality

Many factors can have a detrimental effect on your indoor air quality. Common sources include pollen, dust, and fungal spores. You can help to combat these pollutants in a variety of ways.

Never underestimate the value of a floor mat. This is your first line of defense in preventing these pollutants from making their way from occupant shoes into your building. Placing a floor mat on the exterior of your building and directly inside the entryway or lobby will help to reduce these materials from working their way into your air.

One of the hot spots for poor air quality can be found in your facility’s bathrooms. Due to the heavy foot traffic and the abundance of moisture and humidity, the restrooms can be a breeding ground for pollutants. Luckily, there are several steps to increase the air quality of your restrooms.

Automatic air fresheners can be effective for combatting the odors, but the problem may be within your bathroom stalls.

Most plastics can absorb moisture and sprout mold, further reducing the quality of your air. So think about getting new bathroom stalls and partitions made of stronger materials like high-density polyethylene (HDPE). HDPE materials are impervious to mold growth and provide a durable structure that can outlast most plastics.

Make Your Facility Sustainable & Efficient

It’s every facility manager’s goal to make his or her building more sustainable and operate at maximum efficiency. There are several things you can do to increase the efficiency of your facility and make it more sustainable and eco-friendly. Some of these steps can help to reduce operating costs as well as reduce your facility’s environmental impact.

Making the switch to green cleaning materials has several benefits because they’re made from natural ingredients, which can reduce the adverse health effects and chronic illness. Using green cleaning products will help to reduce any VOC emissions from contaminating your air.

Another approach to keeping your building efficient and sustainable is through the use of sustainable building products. You learned earlier that HDPE is more durable than most thermoplastics and building materials. But did you know that it’s 100% recyclable too? Almost all HDPE products are made from post-consumer material, making it a versatile and sustainable building material you can use to make your facility more eco-friendly and sustainable.

Want to learn more tips about maintaining your facility? Check out these blog posts, How HDPE Can Save Your Facility Maintenance Costs and Maintenance Tips for Commercial Restrooms

Why Work With An Industry Leader?

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Industry leaders offer a unique value to their clients.

It starts with a razor-sharp focus on their clients’ most important issues. Industry leaders dig deep into these issues and come up with innovative ways to solve them. They also know that innovation is more than coming up with great ideas. Industry leaders know how to innovate. They excel in operational execution and have the methodologies and processes in place to deliver value consistently to their customers.

As North America’s leading manufacturer of HDPE bathroom partitions and lockers, Scranton Products is a proven industry leader, focused on responsive innovation, and offering our customers quality products that are built and tested to the highest standards.

What drives innovation at Scranton Products? It is understanding the needs of our customers – the need for high-value

As a market leader, our products are built to stand up to the harshest environments and are backed by Scranton Products’ industry-leading warranties, so you can rest easy that your investment is protected for years to come.

As a market leader, we are committed to sustainability. All of our products are made from recycled materials and are 100% recyclable. They are also free of VOC emissions and are GREENGUARD Gold Certified. In addition, throughout our manufacturing process, we’re conscious of our impact on the environment and practice factory-responsible recycling.

As a market leader, we are a true partner to our clients, offering responsive innovation, cutting edge solutions, unsurpassed product quality, excellent customer support, and one of the largest distribution networks in the industry.

To learn more about Scranton Products and the unique value we offer our clients, please visit: https://www.scrantonproducts.com/products/

 

Why Choose Low Emitting Materials

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That new paint and carpet smell in a home, school or building isn’t just annoying. It can actually be hazardous to your health. Many of the building materials we use every day emit chemicals during and after installation. This includes materials such as:

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  • Interior paints
  • Interior adhesives and sealants
  • Flooring and carpeting
  • Manufactured wood products
  • Furniture and upholstery
  • Ceilings, walls, thermal and acoustic insulation

What these materials have in common is that they all contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). The most common contaminant of indoor air, VOCs are associated with a range of health effects, and can be a particular concern for children, seniors, and people with respiratory problems.

 

Selecting Low VOC and No VOC Products and Materials

The good news is that many low VOC and no VOC products are now widely available, making it easier for architects, designers and facilities managers to include low emitting products and materials in the design of their projects.

Selecting low emission products and materials not only improves human health and protects the environment, it can also help projects achieve LEED credits, an important consideration in today’s design and construction.

At Scranton Products, we believe in supporting a healthier environment. As a leading manufacturer of lockers, toilet partitions, and other HDPE (high density polyethylene) products, Scranton Products adheres to the highest standards, developing low emitting products that meet LEED requirements for air quality and sustainability, as well as GREENGUARD emissions standards.

Our products are free of VOC emissions, are eligible for LEED credits, and are GREENGUARD Gold Certified, meeting strict certification requirements for use in schools and healthcare facilities. In addition, all of our products are made from recycled materials and are 100% recyclable.

By selecting low emitting products made with Scranton Products HDPE, architects, designers and facilities managers can help to improve the indoor air quality of their projects while reducing environmental impact.

For more information on selecting Scranton Products low-emitting, sustainable products for your project, click on the link below.