Anne Masias

NewWood Composite Panels are Made From 100% Post-Industrial Wood and Plastic Waste

by , 03/06/12

newwood, recycled wood panels, recycled plastic panels, green design, sustainable design, green building, recycled materials, recycled composite boards, new building materials, sustainable building materials

Elma, WA-based NewWood Manufacturing has developed an innovative line of composite building panels that are made of 50% recycled plastic and 50% recycled wood. In the process, they’ve breathed new life into a town by employing residents of an area in Washington State that has been affected by chronic unemployment. Utilizing post-consumer and post-industrial wood and plastic waste, NewWood is dedicated to making “Better materials to build a better world.” NewWood makes for a superior building material because it is waterproof, insect resistant, durable and easy to use. NewWood cuts like wood and performs like plastic – and, of course, it’s eco-friendly.

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  1. r_krebs March 30, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Anne Masias, thank you for covering this new product. We applaud the use of post-consumer materials, but we would also be interested in knowing how this product affects energy usage while in use. In other words, will this product conserve energy by creating a better building envelope than traditional wood products, or will this product “seal” the building envelope like house wrap? Sustainable design uses highly efficient, low-resource impact materials (like these) that durably maintain the building envelope integrity over time, reducing energy needed to heat and cool its space. In the world of Life Cycle Assessment ( see )the “use” phase can represent 85% of the building’s impact on the environment!

    Rob Krebs
    American Chemistry Council

  2. Cradle2Cradle March 7, 2012 at 12:28 am

    What makes it so “eco-friendly”? What kind of plastics are in it? Are they off-gassing? How is this hybrid of plastics and organics reclaimable or separable years later? More answers please…

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