Universal Textile To Recycle Yellowstone’s Plastic Waste

Universal Textile Technologies Inc., Dalton, Ga., and Yellowstone National Park have entered into a
recycling partnership under which Universal Textile will buy the plastic bottles collected by
Yellowstone and convert them into a nonwoven fleece material used to manufacture BioCel™ and
EnviroCel™ sustainable backings for carpet and synthetic turf. The backings utilize Celceram™, a
highly refined material recovered from coal combustion in electric utility power plants and then
combined with soybean-based polyols. They are certified under the U.S. Green Building Council’s
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program; and are moisture-resistant, insulate against
energy loss, reduce ambient noise and strengthen the structural integrity of carpet and synthetic
turf, according to the company.

May/June 2011