Here are two 3Form materials, Seagrass and Harvest with an Ivory backer , we made into 19 outdoor recycling bins. These bins will be going into a parking garage in Houston and are complete with passivated SS 16 Gauge Stainless Steel lids. At our clients request they have been fitted with Smokers Stations by us at a cost lower than they could buy the Smokers Stations by themselves.
Packaging: The final step in Sustainable Design and Manufacturing for DeepStream Designs:
Sustainable Design coupled with manufacturing products that stand the test of time in an environmentally responsible and sustainable fashion, allows DeepStream’s Customers to eliminate the “throw away” waste factor found in many of today’s products.
However, that is just the start of DeepStream’s Environmental Stewardship.
It is not enough that our products will last for generations and help slow the destruction of the rainforest. Or that our products are 100% recyclable when their end of service finally comes. Or that we replant thousands of trees through “Trees for the Future” every year in our customers’ honor, a program which also offers locals alternative forestry jobs in tree nurseries and reforestation.
DeepStream also offers an alternative line of plantation-grown timber: Lyptus. Even more potential rainforest destruction is diverted by offering planking for our recycling bins and garden planters made from recycled plastic.
DeepStream also ensures that it is meeting our environmental stewardship commitments with our packaging.
All of our cardboard used in shipping is 100% recycled content and purchased through Pratt Industries, www.prattindustries.com. Similarly, we build our pallets in house to ensure that the 2x4s we use are harvested and certified through either the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, www.sfiprogram.org , or the Forest Stewardship Council, www.fsc.org, or both. These standards provide third-party verification that the forest management and on-the-ground activities used by the lumber producers are environmentally responsible and sustainable.
The modular nature of our products creates an adaptability factor that we consider a hallmark of our sustainable design philosophy. Why replace when you can adapt?
An example is this cover we created for a school in California committed to recycling but also home to feisty squirrels. The “weather-proof critter cover” also works well to keep out heavy rains. If your bin is outside and you have raccoons, you might want to order your cover and lid with a low-profile slot and hasp for a lock. Both are an easy retrofit in the field.
The hinged design is simple and robust, just like our bins. The flap is constructed from 18-gauge stainless steel whereas the lid is 16-gauge. A robust but low profile stainless steel piano hinge attaches with flush fasteners.
The handle is a standard distance between holes so it can be replaced or customized wherever kitchen hardware is sold. If your application is near salt water or completely out in the rain, the cover, like the lid, can be ordered with the stainless steel passivated to reduce maintenance.
The only compromise we have found in the design is that simple care needs to be taken when opening the lid to replace the bags that line the inner bins. However, it is an intuitive maneuver to open the lid with one hand while holding and gently lowering the cover with the other hand.