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The Green Life: Yellowstone Turns Plastic Bottles into Artificial Turf

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April 01, 2011

Yellowstone Turns Plastic Bottles into Artificial Turf

Water bottle The plastic discarded by the 3.5 million annual visitors to Yellowstone National Park will now have an interesting reincarnation: It'll become a component of artificial grass. Though it sounds a bit like an April Fools' joke, the trash-to-fake-grass plan is indeed real, and it scores green points for keeping plastic out of the landfill.

As part of the park's new initiative, discarded plastic bottles, which were previously shipped overseas for recycling, will now be sold to Universal Textile Technologies, a Georgia-based manufacturer of eco-friendly backing material for carpet and synthetic turf.

Of course, most good enviros know to bring reusable water bottles along on hiking trips, but there are still plenty of park visitors who didn't get the memo that plastic water bottles are a bad idea. Until everyone is off the bottle, we're glad to know that Yellowstone's plastic problem is sprouting into something green.

--Della Watson

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