Committed to Sustainability
DURA-BASE® Contributes Directly to Reductions in Tree Harvesting, Carbon Emissions and Traffic in Our Communities
As the market’s first engineered thermoplastic worksite access solution, DURA-BASE Advanced Composite Mat System continues to set the standard for safe, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly performance. For more than 20 years, we've manufactured our fully recyclable DURA-BASE mat contributing directly to reductions in tree harvesting, carbon emissions and traffic in our communities. Through its patented design, sealed construction and material composition, DURA-BASE has proven invaluable in diverse applications across numerous industries, including environmentally sensitive areas and extreme environments.
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Our fully recyclable DURA-BASE mat allows customers to eliminate tree harvesting needed to construct alternative wood mat products. 360,000 trees and counting have been saved through Newpark's manufacturing and recycling of DURA-BASE.
According to the Texas Forestry Commission, it takes 60 years to grow a milling size tree for a wood mat that is typically incinerated or disposed of in landfills after an average life of 3 years. DURA-BASE mats are made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE) resin, which can be cleaned, reused, and 100% recycled – reducing the need to cut any trees. The average life of a new DURA-BASE mat is 12 years, but this life could be considered infinite since the mat is 100% recyclable. There is zero degradation in any product characteristics during the recycling process, meaning your damaged and used DURA-BASE mats can be made new again. Additionally, any excess, shavings, or other raw material waste used in the manufacturing process is reintroduced into production.
CO2 Emissions Saved
DURA-BASE mats are up to three times lighter than alternative solutions, requiring fewer trucks to transport the same usable surface area, thereby saving CO2 emissions with every load eliminated. 23.5 thousand tons of CO2 has been saved trailing twelve months through transportation using DURA-BASE when compared to trucking usage of wood alternatives. Also, over time wood mats can retain moisture, which increases their weight and decreases mat per load, requiring even more trucks and increased overall transportation costs.
We believe safety is central to everything we do. We believe in protecting each other like family while sustaining the environment in which we work. In addition to CO2 emissions saved, the reduced volume of trucks require when transporting DURA-BASE has avoided over 13 million miles driven trailing twelve months. Less trucks on the road and miles driven mean safer conditions and less nuisance for the community as a whole.
How do saved miles translate to a safer community?
|Public Safety||According to the US Department of Transportation there are over 38,000 fatalities per year from vehicle accidents, one of the leading causes of death in America.|
|Air Quality and Health||Air pollution from CO₂, CO, nitrogen oxide and hydrocarbon emissions, as well as other particulate matter discharged from vehicle engines contribute to a host of respiratory problems.|
|Water and Land Pollution||Vehicular toxins from exhaust, engine particulates, trash, and other debris get blown or washed into the right-of-way.|
|Noise, Dust and Disruption||Traffic noise can interfere with sleep, conversations, and other activities. While dust can cover everything, effect vegetation and pollute our lungs.|
|Road Damage||Community roads were not built to sustain the sheer mass of semi-trailers, the more rigs driving through means the more potential for damage and ultimately cost to the community.|