Underscoring Fiberon’s commitment to sustainability, the company’s Wildwood composite cladding has earned a GREEN GOOD DESIGN® Award from The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.
GREEN GOOD DESIGN Awards recognize products and projects that “are leading the global way to a design that is fully sustainable and compatible with the highest standards of good environment.”
Because the composite cladding is made from 94 percent mixed recycled plastic and wood fiber content, Wildwood is a key component in Fiberon’s ability to save more than 1 million trees and repurpose an average of 100 million pounds of recycled plastic each year.
“While the material makeup of Wildwood is impressive on its own from a sustainability standpoint, we’re even more proud of our dedication to clean manufacturing,” said Kate Haws, director of brand marketing for Fiberon.
Every Fiberon plant uses a closed-loop system to conserve water. These reservoirs store and recycle the same water every day, preventing billions of gallons of water—enough to fill 5,300 Olympic-size swimming pools—from ending up in the waste stream. Fiberon also reuses nearly all waste produced from the manufacturing process, from misfit boards to router clippings.
“Sustainability is as much about process as it is about product,” said Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, president/CEO of The Chicago Athenaeum. “Effective sustainable design is a comprehensive approach to selecting and integrating products and processes that account for long-term consumer satisfaction and environmental conservation.”
Wildwood is available in two nature-inspired collections that feature rich colors, realistic textures and the organic warmth and beauty of real wood. It is available in a variety of board lengths and widths for added design flexibility.
Wildwood cuts and installs similarly to real wood without the hassle and does not require the same staining and painting maintenance that wood requires — making it ideal for architects who want a long-lasting, maintenance-free, sustainable alternative to traditional wood cladding.