Photo by Karthik Chinnathamb

If there’s one sight more reliable than “Old Faithful” at Yellowstone National Park, it’s the profusion of garbage that mars an otherwise-pristine landscape. Although Yellowstone previously shipped its recyclable plastic bottles overseas, the park has inked a new partnership with a Georgia-based firm to protect American jobs, reduce transport fuel and emissions, and prevent an exploitable resource from clogging up our landfills. Starting this month, Universal Textile Technologies will be purchasing Yellowstone’s plastic bottles and converting them into a non-woven, fleece-like material used to manufacture backing for carpet and synthetic turf.

Yellowstone National Park

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In addition to recycled plastic fibers, the backing materials also comprise phylols from domestically grown soybeans, as well as Celceram, a refined material recovered from coal combustion in electric power plants.

The plastic bottles will be spun into backing for carpet and synthetic turf that assist in LEED certification.

Known commercially as BioCel and EnviroCel, the products are said to repel moisture, insulate against heat loss, dampen ambient noise, and increase the structural integrity of carpet and synthetic turf. Another plus? They assist in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

+ Press Release (PDF)

+ Universal Textile Technologies

+ Yellowstone National Park

[Via Ecotextile News]