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Recycled Plastic Lumber: Helping the world’s Rain Forests and slowing Climate Change.

In 2009, DeepStream started offering recycled plastic lumber (RPL) as an alternative to tropical hardwoods. More and more of our customers have been choosing RPL for planters and weatherproof fixtures over the past several years. In 2017, RPL was specified more often than natural wood.

chart showing the use of recycled plastic lumber replacing natural wood
The use of recycled plastic lumber has overtaken tropical hardwood

Recycled plastic lumber is a win for the environment and for our customers.

Weatherproof RPL reduces maintenance costs while enhancing your properties and brands, exhibiting timeless beauty and making an environmental statement.

We strongly encourage you to seriously consider the cost benefits and the long term appearance of RPL over tropical hardwood. The environmental statement made by selecting this material for your project is a positive one for your customers.

Eliminate needless rainforest destruction by specifying DeepStream RPL planters and fixtures. The RPL DeepStream uses is backed by a 50-year limited warranty by its manufacturer.

Recycled Plastic Lumber weatherproof POS cabinet and modern combination recycling and trash receptacle
Weatherproof Fixtures created with recycled plastic lumber and marine aluminum, no paint or powder coating to fail.

DeepStream was created in a response to a need. While building a condominium project, I reviewed the “universe” of garden planters and receptacles. I wanted planters, receptacles, and custom fixtures for my project that were just not available.

DeepStream modern combination recycling receptacle and trash bin with 3form Varia Thatch resin panels at Orlando Intermodal Center
DeepStream modern combination recycling receptacle and trash bin with 3form Varia Thatch resin panels at Orlando Intermodal Center

Wood planters were carpenter-built with wood-on-wood construction. As I’ve detailed in my planter blog link, they just don’t last. Carpenter-built wood planters tear themselves apart in 3-4 years in Miami.

Wasting valuable wood harvested from the world’s rapidly diminishing rainforests also wastes your time, money, and energy. Recycled plastic lumber was not an option at that time.

Recycled Plastic Lumber wood planters add a tranquil green space on a roof deck between apartments blocks
Recycled Plastic Lumber wood planters add a tranquil green space on a roof deck between apartments blocks

If your project absolutely must use tropical hardwood, then specify our Mariner planter system.

Wood expands when it gets wet. DeepStream’s trademark marine-anodized aluminum extrusion contains wood’s expansionary forces. Honor the wood you use by ensuring it lasts for decades.

DeepStream Designs trademark marine anodized aluminum extrusion
DeepStream Designs trademark marine-anodized aluminum leg

Engineered with the principles of Sustainable Design, our products stand the test of time. Our engineered modular system uses, even reuse, hardwood in a design that honors the wood. Deepstream’s trademark aluminum extrusions allow construction that extends wood life by decades. This is true with all of DeepStream’s products.

DeepStream's trademark aluminum conserves wood by making even complex structures liket planter anchored screen wall last decades
DeepStream’s planter-anchored Screen Wall and Enclosure System

Harvesting tropical hardwood destroys important habitats around the world, even if “sustainably harvested,” as hardwood trees take 50 years or more to reach maturity.

Estimates are that up to 50% of “certified” tropical wood imported into the United States has forged documents.

DeepStream modern combination trash and recycling bin available in wood or RPL
Tropical Hardwood Combination Trash and Recycling Bin available in wood and RPL

Offset your projects carbon footprint using recycled plastic lumber and planting far more trees than you use.

We do this for you automatically through Trees for the Future as a matter of principle. Planting trees through Trees for the Future provides families with more than just trees and food. It provides income, empowerment, unity, leadership, education and even saves lives. The program teach people to value themselves and their environment, and they see amazing improvements in their standard of living.

An example of DeepStream Custom Fixtures showing several benches in a hotel gym made with recycled plastic lumber
DeepStream Custom Fixtures, benches in a hotel gym made with recycled plastic lumber

DeepStream plants 50 trees for every planter and 100 trees for every fixture you purchase. Customers receive a certificate to use in your marketing to let your customers know that you care about the environment.

Recycled Plastic Lumber modern combination recycling and trash receptacle
Modern Combination Trash and Recycling Bin crafted with RPL

To date, with proceeds from the sale of our products, DeepStream has planted more than 460,000 trees in our customers’ honor. This reflects our customers’ commitment to the environment that we are all leaving for future generations.

Recycled plastic planters anchor security glass screen wall at LAX USO in LA
Recycled plastic planters anchor security glass screen wall at LAX USO in LA
DeepStream Design recycled plastic lumber wood planters for trees at Long House Reserve Garden
DeepStream Designs RPL wood planters for trees at Long House Reserve Garden

DeepStream creates many custom fixtures that use recycled plastic lumber.

Custom Fixtures, not custom prices, for hotels, restaurants, theme parks, water parks and spas.  DeepStream’s proprietary trademark frame system allows us to create a coordinated collection of durable custom fixtures. This approach provides visual continuity throughout your property, indoor or outside

A suite of outdoor custom fixtures at a tropical waterpark made with weatherproof recycled plastic lumber
A suite of outdoor custom fixtures at a tropical waterpark made with weatherproof RPL

Custom fixtures shown above include a Point-of-sale enclosure with marine-anodized aluminum tambour door and frame. It features an insulated 316 stainless steel top, hinges, drawer slides, and handle.

The modern combination trash and recycling receptacle are also constructed with recycled plastic panels. Easily wiped clean, RPL does not stain and can be pressure cleaned. Perfect for food service outlets. Because DeepStream’s trademark aluminum extrusions are marine-anodized, there is no paint or powder coating to fail. Turning on silent Delrin bushing, bin push flaps are constructed of bare 5086 marine aluminum, making them easily cleaned and refinished.

Waterparks use a lot of towels. One of the RPL cabinets in the center holds fresh towels. The other cabinet houses a roll-in towel return cart.

An example of a hotel pool towel return cart cabinet crafted withRPL
Recycled Plastic Lumber hotel pool towel return cart cabinet for large towel return carts

If you have any questions, or there is anything DeepStream’s dedicated American craftspeople can design and build for you using Recycled Plastic Lumber, please contact Sheila Boyce at (305) 857-0466 to discuss your project.

There is never a fee for design or quotes and Sheila has designed thousands of installations so she is a great free and friendly resource at your disposal.

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3form Recycling and Trash Receptacles

3form Varia Resin panels are a popular option selected by Deepstream Design customers for their upscale projects recycling and trash receptacles.

DeepStream’s craftsmen create custom modern trash and recycling receptacles with materials selected by our customers . Along with tropical hardwood and environmentally friendly recycled plastic lumber, 3form panels are the most popular.

DeepStream's Modern Combination Trash and Recycling Bin with 3form Bear Grass panels under cover at an outdoor mall
DeepStream’s Modern Combination Trash and Recycling Bin with Bear Grass panels

The quality of these custom-order trash receptacles helps upscale businesses set themselves apart from competitors. Placed indoors or outside DeepStream has an appropriate material for you to customize your receptacles.

Rugged yet sophisticated ergonomic designs, with front and top loading options, are a hit with customers and your staff. Hygienic plastic bin liners and anodized aluminum frame make DeepStream’s bins ideal for any upscale locations. Popular options include hidden casters and Smokers Outposts along with custom opening for separating recycled materials.

DeepStream's modern recycling receptacle with 3form Tiger Thatch panels shown in a modern residence
DeepStream’s modern recycling receptacle with 3form Tiger Thatch panels

Anodized aluminum legs and 316-stainless steel lid mean there is no paint or powder coating to fail. DeepStream engineers its modern trash bins and recycling receptacles to maintain their beauty for years while receiving hundreds of thousands of customer touches.

DeepStream dual stream recycling bin with 3form Ion Green Tea Panel at a  5 star conference center
DeepStream dual stream modern recycling bin with Ion Green Tea Panel

Interior Designers and Architects love 3form’s limitless selection of natural materials, patterns, and colors to customize receptacles for thier projects modern recycling receptacles and trash bins. 

A modern trash receptacle by DeepStream Design with Blue Glass 3form panels in front of a colorful fruit drink stand
A modern trash receptacle by DeepStream Design with Blue Glass 3form panels
DeepStream modern combination recycling receptacle and trash bin with 3form Varia resin panels at Orlando Intermodal Center
DeepStream modern combination recycling receptacle and trash bin with 3form Varia resin panels at Orlando Intermodal Center
DeepStream modern combination recycling receptacle and trash bin with 3form Varia Thatch resin panels at Orlando Intermodal Center
DeepStream modern combination recycling receptacle and trash bin with 3form Varia Thatch resin panels at Orlando Intermodal Center

The Deepstream dual stream recycling bins in the 5 photos below went into a parking garage in Houston. Trademark anodized aluminum legs and 16 gauge 316 stainless steel lids will stand up to Houston’s coastal weather. Marine anodized aluminium means that there is no paint or powder coating to fail.

DeepStream's dual stream Recycling Bin using 3form Seaweed panels
DeepStream’s dual stream Recycling Bin using 3form Seaweed panels
DeepStream's dual stream Recycling Bin using 3form Seaweed panels mounted with an optional Smokers Outpost
3form Seaweed dual stream Recycling Bin by DeepStream shown mounted with a Smokers Outpost option
Closeup of an optional Smokers Outpost mounted to a DeepStream dual stream Recycling Bin with 3form Seaweed resin panels
Optional Smokers Outpost mounted to a DeepStream dual stream Recycling Bin with 3form Seaweed resin panels
DeepStream's dual stream Recycling Bin using 3form Harvest and Ivory panels
DeepStream’s dual stream Recycling Bin using 3form Harvest and Ivory panels
DeepStream's dual stream Recycling Bin using 3form Harvest and Ivory panels mounted with an optional Smokers Outpost
DeepStream’s dual stream Recycling Bin using 3form Harvest and Ivory panels mounted with an optional Smokers Outpost

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Historic Miami icon selects DeepStream Designs' modern combination trash and recycling bins

Handcrafted with marine-anodized aluminum frames, these combination trash and recycling bins have no powder coating or paint to fail. Environmentally responsible weatherproof panels of recycled plastic lumber (RPL) carry a 50-year warranty from the manufacturer.

By selecting RPL panels there is no tropical hardwood to refinish or to cut from endangered rainforests. Deepstream goes further in its commitment to an endangered environment. We plants 100 trees through the Trees for the Future in our customers’ honor for every bin purchased. Customers receive a certificate for the forest planted in their name, showing their commitment to saving the Earth.

The removable rugged leak proof inner bins are rotomolded from recycled plastic as well.

An example of a modern combination recycling and trash receptacle
Oahu Combination Trash and Recycling Bin – Light Grey

How do you make a great trash bin better? By adding a recycling bin option and crafting it to stand up to harsh saltwater conditions using yacht building techniques and materials. Modern combination recycling and trash bins can reflect your design criteria and set your property apart.

DeepStream Designs’ trademark proprietary leg design has a quick-change, slide-in panel system. We create modern combination recycling and trash receptacles customized especially for your project, which supports the investment you have made in creating a unique brand identity for your property.

modern Combination Trash and Recycling Bin
Oahu Combination Trash and Recycling Bin – Ipe Brown

With no paint or powder coating to fail, these receptacles may be pressure cleaned for maintenance. 

An example of a modern combination recycling and trash receptacle
Oahu Combination Trash and Recycling Bin – Ipe Brown
An example of a modern combination recycling and trash receptacle
Oahu Combination Trash and Recycling Bin – Light Grey

DeepStream uses the Principles of Sustainable Design to create bins with replaceable parts in case of damage. If your bins don’t look good then we don’t look good. DeepStream partners with our customers, providing replacement parts at manufacturer’s direct cost through our unique Core Replacement Program.

Whether you need 1 or 100, buy factory direct.
Call Sheila or Julia at (305) 857-0466 to discuss your needs.

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Accessories add Functionality

Rugged stainless steel casters add functionality to custom fixtures.

While all of DeepSteams accessories add functionality to custom fixtures, Casters are the most often requested accessory by customers. Casters can be attached to a recessed frame to hide them or they can be added to the corners of the trademark marine anodized aluminum legs directly.

There are rugged accessory casters for almost every product. Stainless steel casters for heavy wooden food service carts, garden planters, or a weatherproof point-of-sale terminal cabinet. Medium duty dual wheel accessory casters work extremely well indoors on both carpet and hard floors.

An assortment of accessory casters to choose from, stainless steel exterior casters or bright metal casters for indoors
Accessory casters for every need
An example of Custom Fixtures, exterior grade wood food service carts on accessory casters for mobility
250 pound custom wood restaurant fixtures with drawers fitted with accessory casters for mobility

The second most requested accessory to add functionality are leveling feet.

DeepStream Designs stocks two types of levelers for the bottom of products made with  Audubon legs, like the bin pictured below.  Both levelers have a maximum adjustment range of approximately 1-3/4 inches and rugged 12mm (1/2″) thick stainless steel stems with non-marking plastic footpads.

rigid and articulated levelling feet are popular accessories to add functionality to custom fixtures
ridgid leveler compared to an articulated leveler

The pad of Rigid Leveler fits completely under a leg, raising the bin by 5/8” at a minimum. The Articulated Leveler, at right, has a wider foot pad that sticks out just a bit and raises the bin by 1-1/8” at its lowest setting.  Both Levelers can be retrofitted in the field by affixing a special nut inside the void designed into the bottom of the DeepStream Designs trademark marine anodized aircraft aluminum leg.

The Rigid Leveler, above, is a lighter weight leveler with a smaller ridged floor pad for situations where the floor is generally flat but there may be different levels caused by bricks or tile that are not completely level.

articulated leveler inserted in to the void of DeepStream's marine anodized aluminum leg
The wider articulated leveler for slopes

The Articulated Leveler, above, has a thicker and wider articulated pad that will rotate off level for situations where the bin is placed on a slope and you need to level it up, not just stabilize the leg for a lower tile or brick.

Which one do you need? If you’re placing a trash or recycling receptacle in a situation like the one shown below built with 100% recycled plastic lumber, where the brick sidewalk slopes sharply away from the building, you need the articulated leveler as a shown retrofitted on the right.

articulated levelers
Don’t try to balance your custom fixture on makeshift levelers when it’s easy to add proper leveling feet.
An articulated leveler shown extended to correct for a significant sidewalk slope
A rugged articulated leveler with a 1/2″ thick stainless steel bolt shown extended to correct for a significant sidewalk slope

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Chameleon Trash & Recycling Bin

A Designer’s Dream! Like its namesake, our Chameleon trash, recycling, or towel bin can change its decorative skin to blend in or stand out in any environment with an infinite variety of looks.  DeepStream can wrap your graphics shell with any of our stock graphic materials, or use the flexible graphic materials of your choice, or you can do it yourself.

If you want a classically proportioned, simple, rugged, no frills modern design that will give years of service in extreme environmental conditions order the Nautique model with its straightforward 24-gallon bin made with recyclable HDPE with double the UV life expectancy of 15 years.

 

Nautique Stainless Steel Recycling Bin or Trash can
Nautique Stainless Steel Recycling Bin or Trash can

Modern Trash Bin by DeepStream Designs

There is a perfect model for hotels, office buildings, restaurants, loft space, art galleries, commercial businesses, and even outdoors.

  • Rugged outer frame fabricated from 5/16” welded 304 stainless steel rod and flat bar with leveling feet looks great and functions equally well indoors or out in the elements.
  • Lids with 9″ or 12″ diameter openings are thermoformed from a tough proprietary plastic similar to the plastic trays on the back of airplane seats that meets UL-94H fire specifications.

    Nice Trash and Recylcing Bin by DeepStream Designs

     

  • OA Dimensions: 17” diameter x 31” tall
  • Made in Florida by American Craftsmen

    Stainless Steel Trash Bin frame by DeepStream Design

    Stainless Steel Trash Bin Frame and Feet by DeepStream Designs

    Nice Modern Recycling and Trash Bin in Teak Wood by DeepStream Design

    Nice Modern Trash and Recycling Bin by DeepStreamDesign.com in Ebony Wood

    Nice Modern Trash & Recycling Bin by DeepStreamDesign.com

    Nice Modern Trash and Recycling Bin by DeepStreamDesign.com

    Nice Modern Trash and Recycling Bin by DeepStream Designs

    Nice Modern Trash Bin by DeepStream Designs

    Nice Modern Trash Bin by DeepStream Design

    Nice Trash Bin by DeepStreamDesign.com graphics by artist Keith Harding

    Modern Trash Bin by DeepStreamDesigns.com showing Kelp in Muted Gold

     

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Packaging: The final step in Sustainable Design and Manufacturing

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.

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Adaptation: Trash and Recycling Bin Weatherproof Cover

Adaptation, a hallmark of our Sustainable Design philosophy is reflected in the modular design of our products.  Why throw away and replace when you can adapt?

Adaptation, a key component of Sustainable Design embraced by Deepstream is the ability of our products to adapt. Adaptive Design allows for the replacement, or reworking, of components to preserve the value and materials of an earlier design.

The adaptive cover below was created for a school in California. the school was committed to recycling but also home to feisty squirrels that rummaged their bins. The result, a “weatherproof ” critter cover.

An example of adaptation, Recycling Receptacle and Trash Bin weatherproof cover crafted in 316 stainless steel by DeepStream keeps rain and animals out shown closed
Recycling Receptacle and Trash Bin cover crafted in 316 stainless steel by DeepStream keeps rain and animals out

If your top loading Audubon modern DeepStream recycling receptacle or trash bin is outside and you have raccoons, you might want to adapt your cover and lid with a low-profile slot and hasp for a lock. This also works if your neighbors are using your bin.

DeepStream builds every product as if application is in a coastal environment near salt water or out in the rain. This adaptive flap is constructed from 18-gauge 316 stainless steel whereas the lid is 16-gauge 316 stainless steel.

Adaptation, a Recycling Receptacle and Trash Bin cover crafted in 316 stainless steel by DeepStream keeps rain and animals out shown open
Recycling Receptacle and Trash Bin cover crafted in 316 stainless steel by DeepStream keeps rain and animals out

The hinged design is simple and robust, just like our bins. the low profile stainless steel piano hinge attaches to the lid with flush fasteners. A template makes it easy to adapt your existing lid with a drill and a screwdriver.

Adaptation, a DeepStream modern wood multi stream recycling bin with open weatherproof cover open outside at a school
DeepStream modern wood multi stream recycling bin with weatherproof cover

The 18-8 stainless steel handle has a standard distance between mounting holes. Should it be damaged it can be replaced at cost, as can any individual piece, through DeepStream’s Core Replacement Program. You may also customized your handles when ordering or buy a substitute wherever kitchen hardware is sold.

Adaptation, a DeepStream modern wood multi stream recycling bin with weatherproof cover open outside at a school
DeepStream modern wood multi stream recycling bin with weatherproof cover

The only compromise we have found in this design adaptation 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.

Of course the cover also works well to keep out heavy rains and snow. 

A outdoor modern combination trash bin and recycling receptacle with a weatherproof lid shown with a lot of snow on top and all around
Modern combination trash bin and recycling receptacle with a weatherproof lid