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Why Can’t Flocked Trees Be Used In Wetland Restoration Projects?

Wetland Restoration ProjectsAll natural Christmas trees, with all of their lights and decorations removed, as well as void of their stands, will be collected on various days in the beginning of January. Check with your municipality for the correct date of pick up at your location.

Flocked Christmas trees are prohibited in all wetland and coastal restoration projects because of the synthetic materials used to create the flocking. Flocking, designed to resemble fallen snow, is made in general of a cellulose and adhesive combination. The flocking process is comprised of the application of short monofilament fibers, usually nylon, rayon or polyester, sprayed directly onto a Christmas tree that has prior been sprayed with an adhesive. Flocking kits purchased from craft stores may contain chemicals like solvents, propellants, and flame retardants. Christmas tree professionals often use mixtures based on bleached paper pulp, also known as cellulose, and corn starch for adherence. There is a link between the cellulose and dioxins (persistent organic pollutants). Boron, or sometimes Borax detergent , is added for flame retardancy. Boron is suspected of hormone disruption. Today, at the marketplace, many flocking materials are now self-adhesive and come in a variety of fashion colors containing even more environmental contaminants.

Natural Christmas trees are dispersed throughout the wetlands and along the coastline. Barriers are built, and bound Christmas trees are interwoven to create a sieve allowing water to pass through, and trapping sediments to build up these areas marred by erosion. Even though it only makes a small dent in the fight against erosion, it is a concerted effort we can all make in the fight and, yet, it’s a monumental effort in the long run.

At Wilco Manufacturing, we have over 50 years of combined experience in the industry and take pride in being industry leaders. We manufacture and service our amphibious hydraulic equipment, and it is available for either lease or purchase. We also have an extensive inventory of new original parts or can fabricate any part we do not have in stock as the need arises by our clients. We stand behind our reputation of producing the highest quality, most reliable amphibious equipment. With our combined experience, rest assured when you receive your order, it will exceed your expectations. Contact us to learn more about our products by calling Toll Free at +1 (877) 311-0727 or by calling us at +1 (337) 233-3511. Contact our Sales/Office Manager, Marilyn Fulton, at marilyn@wilcomanufacturing.com.

Land or sea, we can get the job done!

2018-06-01T09:05:00+00:00December 28th, 2017|news|