“Plastic wood” secured its place in the future of the world’s construction industries

Isaac Chikosi

When considering our natural resources and their use in our everyday lives, wood and plastic seem to be on the opposing sides from one another in terms of its material content. However, imagine a material made of both wood and plastic, a unique product produced in Swakopmund by Namgreenwood.

Wood is a common building material. Both at the coast and the Namibian interior. Wood is not susceptible to corrosion and can be assembled with hammer and nails and no need for expensive welding machines or other power tools. The same goes for dismantling a wooden structure.
Nevertheless, wood or timber contains moisture which on the long run can undermine its strength and structural integrity. The only solution for wood to be durable is to remove the most and to isolate the wood through varnish or paint.
Plastic as a material on its own is also remark-able in that it is corrosion resistant. It also contains little chemicals and has a low electrical and high thermal conductivity. Plastic as a material is durable.
So now understanding the strengths of both wood and plastic, what if these two materials are mixed?
It is known as Wood Plastic Composite (WPC) – the result of combining wood and plastic.
WPC is a strong and durable material that is manufactured from recycled plastic and wood. Wood and plastic off-cuts are grinded and combined in a process of melting the plastic and mixing the wood residue to the heated plastic. The end product is unique in its composition and is moulded into various aesthetically appealing and environmentally friendly pro-ducts like decking, cladding, fencing, construc-tion of any type of house and even bigger projects like construction lodges from this “plastic wood” products.
According to Namgreenwood, the business recognised the need for its product not only in the conventional construction industry, but also for the informal housing market. In this instance the most important aspect is that plastic wood is fire retardant and can drastically reduce the im-pact of shack fires.
Products such as WPC secured a place in the fu-ture of construction. It is durable, unique, it can be used in any type or size construction project. Most importantly it is environmentally friendly and absorbs waste products into something handy, as opposed to these waste products finding their way to dump sites. ”A clean, green Namibia”, as Nam-greenwood puts it.

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