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“Green” has become the new buzzword with a flurry of new products hitting the market. It is no wonder that Trex decking is becoming so popular as it is extensively marketed as being an eco- friendly solution.

Trex® eco-friendly composite decks are made from an innovative blend of 95% recycled wood and plastic—that’s almost the whole thing, and it has been made 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.

Trex is proven by the ICC-Evaluation Service as being manufactured from 95% recycled material. Each year, Trex ensures that 180 Million Kilograms of wood fiber and plastic don’t find themselves in landfills. They don’t stop there, Trex uses environmental consultants to assist them in making their company even more eco-friendly. Due to this, Trex has almost eliminated smoke stacks from production meaning almost no fumes are going back into the air. They also use vegetable based oil in their trucks instead of hydraulic oil. What does that matter? Well even if your supplier can prove it is made from recycled material, what does it help if the process in producing it is harmful? 

Recycled Wood
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
The recycled wood in our decks is combined with recycled plastic 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.

Eco-Friendly Manufacturing
Trex’s proprietary, eco-friendly processing method eliminates the use of smoke stacks . Also, our factory runoff and refuse are recycled back into the manufacturing line. Our trailers even run on vegetable-based oil hydraulics.

Not Just Green, Certifiably Green

  • Zero - The amount of trees cut since 1996 to make Trexdecking products, saving millions of trees.
  • Over 2.5 Billion KG - The amount of plastic and wood scraps kept out of landfill since 1996.
  • Keeping more than 180 million kilos of plastic and wood scrap out of landfills annually - This is the same weight as 14,229 London busses*
  • Trex recycles all forms of polyethylene --- including packaging, shrink wrap, and shopping bags. Reducing CO2 emissions by over ½ Billion tones.
  • Decking is certified to contain 95% recycled material from the ICC-ES SAVE Verification.








Industry Recognition 

Widely recognized as the leading eco-friendly choice for decks and deck railings, Trex has always been at the forefront of the green building industry. As a proud member of the U.S. Green Building Council, we’re continually working to improve the way America’s buildings and communities are designed, constructed and operated.


Trex has received numerous environmental awards, including:

The Governor of Virginia's Environmental Award for "impressive tonnage of recycled grocery bags and pallet wrap kept out landfills"

Connecticut College's Inherit the Earth Gold Medal for "demonstrating that business can be profitable, while meeting the needs of environmental sustainability"

The Governor of Virginia's Environmental Excellence First-Place Award for "Outstanding Environmental Projects" (twice received)

Winslow Management Company's Green Award for companies that positively contribute to both the environment and their shareholders

The "Excellence in Plastics Recycling" award from the Society of Plastic Engineers Recycling Division

The E-3 Green Company Executive Award from Pennsylvania-based Emerald Asset Management for CEO Ron Kaplan’s leadership and commitment to excellence

Green Builder Media’s 2013 Reader’s Choice Awards, earning more than 40 percent of the vote for the “greenest” decking in the industry

2013 Green Award from Washingtonian magazine, which recognizes citizens, companies and organizations in the DC metro area that are working to improve
the environment and encourage eco-friendly living.
Trex is the first company in the wood-alternative decking industry to receive an International Code Council Evaluation Service® (ICC-ES)* SAVE Verification for Recycled Content. This independent third party verification confirms that, with a minimum of 95.4% recycled content, Trex composite products really are as green as it gets.