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

Oahu Modern RPL Wood Combination Trash and Recycling Bin

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 versus tropical hardwood. The environmental statement made by selecting this material for your project is a positive one for your customers.

The Perfect Outdoor Bench with Back in recycled rich Tropical Hardwood plastic lumber and marine anodized aluminum make it great choice at this yacht club.
The materials, simple modern elegance, and ergonomic comfort of The Perfect Outdoor Bench with Back make it great choice to use as a gallery, museum, yacht club, or park bench. Combining the warmth environmentally friendly Tropical Hardwood colored recycled plastic lumber, with the strength of marine anodized aluminum and 316-stainless steel, this modern wooden bench, handmade by American craftsmen, is perfect for both indoor and outdoor use as it is maintenance free and will last for decades.

Before specifying tropical hardwood for your projects please look at the comprehensive worldwide overview of the problem created by using tropical information presented at this link:

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.

Click to DeepStream's website to see more about maintenance free weatherproof cabinet to housing for point of sale computer cabinet and a modern combination recycling and trash receptacles
DeepStream’s maintenance-free weatherproof point-of-sale computer cabinet and a modern combination recycling and trash receptacle. Marine-anodized aluminum and 316 stainless steel, no paint or powder coating to fail. Shown at a water park’s outdoor patio dining area.

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 trash and recycling receptacle in an airport lounge with windows
DeepStream modern combination trash and recycling receptacle at an airport.

Wood planters were carpenter-built with wood-on-wood construction. As I’ve detailed in my Planter Blog, they just don’t last. Carpenter-built wood planters tear themselves apart in 3-4 years in Miami’s hot tropical climate.

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

If your project absolutely must use tropical hardwood, then specify our Mariner planter system, do not use carpenter built wood planters that will fall apart in 3-5 years.

Wood expands when it gets wet. DeepStream’s trademark marine-anodized aluminum extrusion, along with its hidden aircraft aluminum structural frame, contains wood’s expansionary forces. Honor the wood you use by ensuring it lasts for decades and back it with a Lifetime Structural Warranty.

DeepStream Design's trademark marine anodized aluminum leg extrusions
DeepStream Designs’ trademark marine-anodized aluminum leg extrusion is engineered to contain the tremendous forces of wood as it expands and contracts through numerous wet and dry cycles. Our planters will last for decades instead of tearing themselves apart in just a few years as traditional carpenter-built planters will. They are also equally suited to provide the framework required by non-structural recycled plastic lumber as an environmentally responsible substitute.

Engineered with the principles of Sustainable Design, our products stand the test of time. Our engineered modular system uses, or reuses, 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.

According to the Yale School of Forestry, while estimates vary, it is thought that between 30 and 50% of all certified Tropical Hardwood shipped into the United States has been “Greenwashed,” meaning that shipments have been provided with falsified and counterfeit documentation.

In some countries like Peru, it’s estimated that 90% are illegally logged, devastating their Amazon watershed. For more information click here: “Greenwashed” Timber and FSC certification.

DeepStream's modern Audubon combination trash and recycling receptacle
DeepStream’s modern Audubon combination trash and recycling receptacle, shown in tropical hardwood, is now out sold in no-maintenance recycled plastic lumber.

Offset your project’s carbon footprint by using recycled plastic lumber and planting far more trees than you use.

We plant trees 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 teaches 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 waterproof no-maintenance recycled HDPE plastic lumber that can be cleaned with any sanitizer.

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 Receptacles crafted with RPL will not absorb water, food stains, dirt, or paint and may be pressure cleaned for sanitation. No-touch version are alos available as are hidden casters for mobility.

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 the USO at LAX in LA.
Recycled plastic planters anchor security glass screen wall at the USO at LAX in LA.

DeepStream makes it easy and cost-effective to go Green and stop contributing to climate change. By selecting recycled plastic lumber for your order, you will be preserving the world’s rainforests, the cooling lungs of the earth, while creating a sustainable market for post-consumer and post-industrial plastic waste.

Products made with non-structural Recycled Plastic Lumber planks (RPL) inside DeepStream’s unique structural aluminum frame are a perfect choice for outdoor placement, while making a strong environmental statement.

Please discuss saving this diminishing resources for future generations with clients that specify tropical hardwoods.

Our recycled plastic lumber requires no maintenance and lasts for decades without fading, saving your clients money, while looking better over time than wood ever will.

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 frame system allows us to create a coordinated collection of durable custom fixtures. This approach provides visual continuity throughout your property, indoors or out.

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 receptacles 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 bushings, the bin push flaps are constructed of unfinished 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 with RPL
Recycled Plastic Lumber hotel pool towel return 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 us to discuss your project.

There is never a fee for design or quotes. Sheila Boyce has designed thousands of installations, so she is a great free and friendly resource at your disposal. Call her at: 305 857-0466 or email

Return to Top ▲Return to Top ▲