Recrylic – the first line of recycled acrylic to be widely available in North America – announced that it has achieved SCS Global Services’ Recycled Content Certification (RCC) and Global Recycled Standard (GRS) certification. Used to create a variety of world-class retail displays, signage, lighting and precision manufacturing solutions, Recrylic is the first product line of its kind to achieve dual certification.
As an alternative to traditional, non-recycled acrylic, Recrylic is aimed at helping users to meet sustainability goals such as carbon reduction and LEED building certification. Available in a broad spectrum of colors, finishes and sizes, Recrylic offers the same usability as non-recycled acrylic, but in a more environmentally friendly way.
“Recycled materials are a growing choice for many organizations, but, unfortunately, recycled acrylic was not previously a scalable, affordable option,” said Recrylic CEO Bill McNeely, Jr. “We are excited that Recrylic has achieved GRS and RCC certification, which underlines our commitment to providing innovative, sustainable solutions for our clients."
“Achieving certification to both the SCS Recycled Content Standard and the Global Recycled Standard means reducing waste to landfill and demonstrating environmental and social commitments for responsible production,” said Nicole Munoz, SCS Global Services’ Vice President of Environmental Certification Services. “Working with the Recrylic team, we’ve found that their products have successfully demonstrated both. We applaud Recrylic on its certifications to both the SCS Recycled Content Standard and the Global Recycled Standard.”
Because Recrylic is completely recyclable itself, the Recrylic lifecycle is a closed-loop system that can repeat indefinitely:
- Used and scrap acrylic is collected for recycling, instead of heading to landfill
- Scrap acrylic is processed, using a proprietary method
- Recycled acrylic is formed into Recrylic sheets in a variety of colors and thicknesses
- Recrylic is used in fabricating new acrylic products, just as with traditional materials
- Products are deployed – and remain in use until they are ready to be recycled again
Another feature: The Recrylic recycling process produces a distillate that helps fuel about 35% of the operation. That helps make Recrylic production more eco-friendly than producing traditional acrylic.
Recrylic is produced as cast acrylic, which provides higher molecular composition and resiliency to UV light and adverse chemicals reactions versus extruded acrylic sheets – making it the preferred choice for use near perfumes, cosmetics and solvents. As cast acrylic, Recrylic is also available in smaller custom color, finish and thickness batches than is possible with extruded acrylic.
"Previous attempts at recycled acrylic were not certified, not widely available and not cost-effective,” said McNeely. “Recrylic is the first solution that is available in scale for any type of project across North America. We are committed to helping our clients meet their sustainability goals while offering the same ability to create breakthrough, effective displays, signage and other acrylic products.”
The internationally recognized Global Recycled Standard (GRS) sets rigorous requirements for recycled content, chain of custody, social and environmental practices, and chemical restrictions. The Recycled Content Certification, administered by SCS Global, evaluates products made from pre-consumer or post-consumer material diverted from the waste stream. Recrylic is also a member of The Association of Plastics Recyclers, which is dedicated to the purpose of guiding global manufacturing and consumption of commercial plastics, and of the U.S. Green Building Council, known for its LEED certification program.
As a way of helping customers understand the environmental impact, Recrylic is offering a free estimate of the carbon savings possible from using recycled acrylic in place of traditional acrylic. More information is available at www.recrylic.com.
Recrylic sheets and finished products are available solely through Acrylic Design Associates, a nationally recognized leader in creating world-class retail displays and high-profile environments. With a 250,000+ square foot modern operations center, Acrylic Design provides the scale and expertise to handle complex turnkey needs, including design, engineering, prototyping, fabrication, printing, LED technologies, assembly, warehousing, fulfillment and distribution services. Founded in 1976, Acrylic Design is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and serves a global client base. More information is available at www.acrylicdesign.com and www.recrylic.com.
About SCS Global Services
Founded in 1984, SCS Global Services is a global leader in third-party environmental and sustainability verification, certification, auditing, testing, and standards development. Its programs span a cross-section of industries, recognizing achievements in natural resource management, green building, product manufacturing, food and agriculture, supply chains, climate mitigation and more. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, SCS has representatives and affiliate offices throughout the Americas, Asia/Pacific, Europe and Africa. Its broad network of auditors are experts in their fields, and the company is a trusted partner to companies, agencies and advocacy organizations due to its dedication to quality and professionalism. SCS is a chartered Benefit Corporation, reflecting its commitment to socially and environmentally responsible business practices. For more information, visit www.scsglobalservices.com.
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