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Plastic bags and Ecoraster

Posted on November 5, 2016 · Posted in Purus updates

Plastic grocery bags are a source of ongoing debate.Many cities have instituted campaigns to “Ban the Bags”.The root of these campaigns is the world wide improper disposal of plastic grocery bags resulting in garbage and polluted water ways. Plastic grocery bags will not degrade under normal conditions. The bags will stay in landfills indefinitely. Plastic bags that find their way into our waters are dangerous for aquatic life and the ecosystem. “Ban the Bag” campaigns were started as a way to limit and hence reduce the plastic bags in circulation with the hopes to eventually eliminate them all together. Some cities have been successful; most have not.

Purus Plastics and Purus North America are proud to be involved in the sensible recycling and reusing of post consumer plastic bags. For over two decades, plastic shopping bags and various post consumer plastic film, have been recycled in a high sophisticated manner producing a high quality, densified specialized plastic. The densified plastic pellets are then reused to manufacture superior quality building materials.

One of the most popular end products of this process is the Ecoraster system of flexible, plastic porous pavers. Each individual Ecoraster grid segment is comprised of 100-120 recycled post consumer plastic bags. A staggering statistic for sure. What are flexible plastic porous pavers and how can they be further tied into plastic bags and our natural waters? The rapid growth of our cities, the subsequent “sealing” of the ground and the changing weather patterns due to climate change are all factors that greatly influence the resilience of our infrastructure and the health of our natural bodies of water.

The increasing flooding that is becoming more and more common due to the above factors is both over taxing the insufficient municipal storm water management infrastructure and damaging our waters by taking surface pollutants along with the run off into the water bodies. Incorporating permeable, truly LID products such as Ecoraster into surface reinforcement instead of traditional surfacing products such as asphalt and concrete, allow land owners to “manage the rain water where it lands”: one main premise of storm water management.

Ecoraster, as a flexible plastic porous paver, both saves the waters from plastic bag pollution and further helps to protect the waters by allowing the storm water to be absorbed into the ground naturally, eliminating the damaging pollution that is frequently drawn into the water by flowing rain water. Ecoraster is a full circle “product” from manufacturing to installation to long term protection of the environment.