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Tangent unveils new recycled HDPE lumber finish

 Friday, February 17, 2023

A major producer of recycled HDPE lumber has rolled out a product with a seashell-inspired wood grain pattern. Tangent Technologies, has an all-new beautiful woodgrain pattern for their sustainable recycled HDPE lumber—Seashell. A new look for spring, this color brings fresh opportunity for the outdoor furniture market and other industries that rely on the strength and sustainability of recycled plastic lumber and the aesthetics of natural wood. This woodgrain pattern works beautifully in coastal settings as well as being a contemporary look for the backyard patio.

Aurora, Ill.-based Tangent Technologies, which is a sister company to nationwide PET reclaimer Evergreen, recycles post-consumer HDPE into lumber products used in outdoor applications. The company recycles tens of millions of pounds of post-consumer and post-industrial material each year.

Tangent is owned by The Sterling Group, a Houston-based private equity firm that also owns Greenbridge, a PET strapping manufacturer, and Evergreen, a PET recycling company with plants in Riverside, Calif., Clyde, Ohio; Albany, N.Y. and Amberst, Nova Scotia.

After The Sterling Group acquired Tangent in 2019, Tangent acquired a competitor in the plastic lumber space, Bedford Technology, in 2020.

In the latest announcement, Tangent unveiled its “seashell” pattern of wood, its eighth patented dimensional wood grain option.

“Over the last several years we have worked very hard to create products which will move the overall appearance and visual element of plastic lumber closer to wood and consequently move the category forward,” Guy DeFeo, CEO and one of the founders of Tangent Technologies, stated in a press release.

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