EcoStrate recycles hard-to-recycle materials into a composite sheet, which goes into indoor and outdoor signage. The Arlington, Texas-headquartered company uses 100 percent post-consumer plastics from e-scrap, as well as packaging and textiles, sourced from recycling companies across the U.S.
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) recently presented EcoStrate with an award highlighting its design with recycling and recyclability in mind.
“The revolutionary process developed by EcoStrate has the potential to open new markets not just for plastics recyclers, but for those who handle electronics, textiles, and other commodities,” Robin Wiener, president of ISRI, said in a statement presenting the award. “It is a prime example of how manufacturers and recycling industry can work together to expand sustainable manufacturing and recycling.”
EcoStrate CEO Ron Sherga told ISRI his company combines different materials using a variety of sizes, heats and pressure profiles.
With e-plastics, flame retardant chemicals are often seen as a barrier to safe recycling. EcoStrate finds applications where those flame retardant qualities are needed, Sherga said, reusing them instead of looking to eliminate them from the material. That also cuts down on the need to introduce additional flame retardants to the new products.
Besides signage, the composite sheet is used to manufacture flooring and other products.