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Post-Consumer simply means that a material or product has been used by an end-customer before being recycled. For example, if you empty a jug of milk and throw the milk jug into your recycling bin, it is post-consumer waste. Post-Industrial refers to scrap or waste from the manufacturing process. Both, if not recycled, would end up in the landfill. (read more/less)
Lean manufacturing practices and efforts to salvage waste from production lines at many companies has led to a decrease in commercial waste streams dumped in landfills. These practices, however, are certainly not industry standards. It is left to the determination of individual companies. Consumers play a key role in demanding accountability from companies for sustainable practices and buying products that use recycled materials, both post-consumer and post-industrial.
What is a carbon footprint? It is a measure of the impact our activities have on the environment and in particular climate change. It relates to the amount of greenhouse gases produced in our day-to-day lives through burning fossil fuels for electricity, heating and transportation, etc.
We go to great lengths to purchase materials within a limited region, whenever possible. We seek suppliers for almost all products from within a 500-mile radius from Play Mart’s headquarters in Somerset, KY. In addition, fully 70% of our manufacturing plant land-area is unused green space, incorporating rain gardens designed to absorb rainwater runoff.
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Used broadly to apply to any of a number of analytic techniques to evaluate the environmental impact of a material or a service throughout its life cycle from extraction or harvesting of raw materials through processing, manufacture, installation, use and ultimate disposal or recycling. It varies from Input-Output Analysis by evaluating physical properties instead of monetary flows. It is also known as life cycle assessment, eco-balance, or cradle-to-grave-analysis.
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Our internal Life Cycle Analysis guided us as we weighed the benefits of using post-industrial versus post-consumer HDPE plastics for production of RSP™.
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Summary of Play Mart's Life Cycle Analysis of RSP™:
View our video showing the entire process of recycling milk jugs, grinding them into plastic pellets and then extruding into plastic lumber.
"Sustainable development involves...meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." (Earth Summit, Rio de Janeiro, 1992)
For Play Mart, it means Recovering yesterday’s plastics for today’s play™.
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