From left, owners Kelly Rogers and Jean-Marc Dentremont.
Foam core made from 100 per cent recycled PET plastic bottles.
Lloydminster and area gained a new environmentally friendly business last September called Ecoplast Solutions. Ecoplast Solutions is a manufacturer of affordable and efficient composite buildings made from recycled plastic bottles.
“Our goal is to be the leader in eco-friendly composite housing solutions. There is a large and growing demand for our product as it is cost-effective, structurally superior, energy-efficient, and environmentally friendly. Our homes and buildings are manufactured with 100 per cent green PET, a foam manufactured completely from recycled plastic beverage containers. This provides a much-needed waste diversion from landfills by upcycling post-consumer recycled plastics into building materials,” commented owner, Jean-Marc Dentremont.
The product is made of 100 per cent recycled plastic that is bonded monolithically using various laminations techniques, creating a high-quality polyethylene terephthalate (PET). Each structural insulated panel consists of 32 recycled bottles per square feet at one inch of thickness. For perspective, when the team builds homes with six inch thick material, there is approximately 500,000 recycled bottles being upcycled. Building with this material is more beneficial when compared to traditional building material, such as lumber, because the material is mold, mildew, and water resistant, energy efficient, low maintenance costs, and has a quick assembly time. Building with this material also does not require mechanical fastening such as screws and nails. Smaller structures are 30 per cent lighter than competitor materials, and are cost comparable.
“The idea behind this technology derives from boat building. If a commercial fishing vessel can withstand 20’ waves and last multiple generations, the same concept can be used on land and easily withstand the elements,” commented Dentremont, “Our target market is residential and light commercial construction. We have 2-3 house builds lined up for this summer, as well as numerous light commercial projects coming up.”
To check out some of the work Ecoplast Solutions has been doing or to get in contact with them, you can visit their website at www.ecoplast-solutions.com, as well as their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ecoplastsolutions, and Instagram at www.instagram.com/ecoplastsolutions.