Post Consumer Plastic Bottles Help Prihoda Recycled Fabric Ducts To Provide A Breath Of Fresh Air!
WILMINGTON, Del., Oct. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Prihoda now offers fully recycled HVAC fabric air distribution ducts in an effort to meet the design intent of LEED building projects, use less natural resources and divert waste from landfills.
Every 4 seconds the US alone throws away 6,000 plastic bottles, of which only about 20%-30% are recycled. Staggering statistics indeed, but attacking our waste problems may be easier if more companies offered truly sustainable products to consumers. Prihoda North America is one of those companies as it now offers an HVAC duct made from 100% post consumer recycled bottles made from polyester by Repreve. Fabric ducts (commonly known as duct socks or air sox) have been known to be "green" due to their increased efficiency from even air dispersion proven by CFD testing and the fact that many fabric duct suppliers can claim a percentage of recycled content in the polyester and aluminum track. However, now Architects and Mechanical Engineers can specify an HVAC duct that is 100% recycled from 100% post consumer materials. This will help bolster a project's Post-Consumer recycled content needed for LEED points, improve indoor air quality and comfort while also being a smart choice for our planet.
Repreve (a division of the US based yarn producer UNIFI) takes used, post consumer water bottles and up cycles them into a new polyester yarn which Prihoda then uses to make its recycled fabric ductwork and diffusers from. Not only does this product divert plastic water bottles from the landfill, it is also less resource intensive to produce by significantly lowering water consumption, energy consumption and it emits fewer greenhouse gases during the production process. Repreve has been certified by SCS Global Services so that customers can be sure it is not a "green washed" product, but a transparent, certifiably sustainable material that is made responsibly. The end result is a yarn and fabric that is every bit as high quality as a virgin polyester, but provides the Earth with a much needed reprieve.
Other built in features of this material correspond with our current line up of our standard PMI material:
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