We make Trex® eco-friendly composite decks from an innovative blend of 95% reclaimed wood and plastic film—that’s almost the whole thing. On top of that, our company uses some of the most earth-friendly manufacturing processes in the country, reclaiming factory waste and eliminating the use of harmful chemicals. Trex offers consumers a truly environmentally responsible choice. Being green is in our DNA. We've been this way for more than 20 years, well before green was a buzzword. Because in the end, all of us want to look out on our decks and know that we’ve done our part.
Why a Trex® Composite Deck is a Green Deck
Locally sourced reclaimed wood that would otherwise end up in a landfill finds its way into Trex high-performance composite decks. By using reclaimed sawdust, we never have to cut down a tree to make our products. Ever.
Recycled Plastic Film
The reclaimed wood in our decks is combined with recycled plastic film from a variety of sources ranging from the overwrap on paper towels to dry cleaner bags, sandwich bags, newspaper sleeves, and grocery and shopping bags. Here’s an interesting fact: the average 500-square foot composite Trex deck contains 140,000 recycled plastic bags! That makes us one of the largest plastic bag recyclers in the U.S.
A Sustainable Supply Chain
Trex takes an active role to ensure our supply vendors operate with ethical and responsible business practices. Approximately 95% of our supply vendors are based in the U.S. We conduct supply chain assessments, including in-person reviews, operating facility tours, and work with our suppliers to reduce environmental impact across the supply chain. As a result, we make it a practice to use post-consumer and post-industrial content wherever possible.
The Big Picture
Trex works along with other U.S. Green Building Council members to transform the way building and communities are designed, built and operated with the goal of creating environmentally and socially responsible spaces that improve the quality of life.
Recycling Is A Beautiful Thing
As one of the largest plastic film recyclers in the U.S., Trex saves 500 million+ pounds of plastic film and wood from landfills each year.
- A standard 16-foot Trex board contains recycled material from approximately 2,250 plastic bags.
- The average 500 square-foot composite Trex deck contains more than 140,000 recycled plastic bags, films, and wraps.
- The entire high-performance Trex decking portfolio is manufactured using more than 95% recycled content.
In addition to contributing to a healthier environment, our eco-friendly recycled decking also contributes to your LEED points—not to mention your good karma. Trex products contribute up to five LEED points to any structure. Learn about Trex and the LEED Green Building Rating System™.
Created in part by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED is a point-based system designed to honor building projects that incorporate efficient, cost-effective and safe eco-friendly products. Trex products can add up to five points to your project—four points in the Materials and Resources category for being composed of up to 95% recycled materials, and one point in the Innovation and Design category.
Care to help us keep things green? Join one of our recycling programs and win fabulous prizes.
Trex’s manufacturing process is as green as its final product -- with a proprietary processing method that eliminates the use of smoke stacks. Additionally, nearly 100% of factory runoff and refuse is recycled back into the manufacturing line. Trex transforms these materials into eco-friendly decking that has a smaller carbon footprint than wood. Learn more about the process:
Sawdust and plastic film are purchased
Plastic film is cleaned and ground into granules
Plastic film and sawdust are combined and heated
Mixture is mixed to a soft, pliable consistency
Mixture is formed into boards using profile dies
Boards are cooled and cut to length
Boards are inspected by Quality Control for defects, strength and color accuracy
Finished boards are wrapped and shipped
We haven't felled one tree in the making of Trex high-performance composite decking. Ever.
Trex regularly seeks third-party audits to ensure it is continually improving its green practices while meeting all environmental, health and safety guidelines and industry regulations. Here are a few organizations we’ve joined forces with to help build a greener outlook for our planet:
The BASF Near Zero Energy Home in Paterson, NJ
The Solar Decathlon, a collegiate green building competition
The National Building Museum's "The Green House" exhibit in Washington, D.C.
Maui Wildlife Refuge Complex, Kealia Pond NWR in Hawaii