Recycled Carpet Helping Preserve the Beauty of National Parks - GeoHay helps environment in several ways, says Carpet America Recovery EffortGeoHay, the erosion control barrier product made from 100% post-consumer carpet content is showing up in some very scenic spots this summer.
First, GeoHay was installed along the Florida coast during the Gulf Oil spill, and most recently, it is being used along a six mile section of the Foothills Parkway in Cocke County, Tennessee, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
GeoHay was suggested to the U.S. Park Service by the contractor, Charles Blalock and Sons, Inc.
Here are excerpts from a press release, entitled: “U.S. Park Service installs innovative erosion control product made from old carpet”. You can find the entire press release on the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) website.
“Resembling a traditional hay bale, GeoHay acts as an inlet filter to prevent erosion pollution as a result of the road project. GeoHay works by allowing water to flow through its fibrous structure while trapping suspended sediments such as topsoil and construction debris. Proper erosion control prevents unwanted sediments from entering the park's streams and rivers, while preserving valuable topsoil, vital to healthy vegetation growth, from being washed away.
CARE Executive Director Georgina Sikorski, GeoHay serves the environment in two ways - first, by protecting the park's watershed and preserving precious topsoil, and second, by diverting thousands of pounds of waste that would otherwise go into the landfill. And, since GeoHay is made of 100% recycled synthetic fibers, it eliminates the petroleum that would be used for a similar product made from virgin materials.
‘Whether it's being used in the Smokey Mountains to prevent soil erosion or protecting Florida's beaches from the recent oil spill, GeoHay works to protect local environments, while at the same time safeguarding the world's resources. It is a multi-dimensional environmental solution that exemplifies the inventive spirit of the carpet recycling movement,’ Sikorski said.”
Congratulations to GeoHay, CARE, and the Parks Service for having a positive impact on the environment!
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