Sustainable Design and the Environment

DeepStream’s Sustainable Design Philosophy

Our goal is to create solutions for our customer’s operating challenges that have the lowest total cost over time for the environment and our clients while providing the highest satisfaction rating by users.

DeepStream products incorporate deceptively simple, aesthetically-pleasing designs which minimize environmental impact through timeless design, material selection, expert American craftsmanship, durable construction, and replaceable parts using principles of Sustainable Design to maximize durability while providing a high quality of Life for our dedicated staff.

The Oahu Commercial Combined Recycling and Trash Receptacle is in its element sited in a dark green tropical jungle with towering trees and vines that can see 6 inches of rain in as many hours. Crafted with Light Gray colored no-maintenance recycled plastic lumber held by marine anodized proprietary aluminum extrusions and fitted with 316-stainless steel lid and hinges, marine aluminum push flaps, and ergonomic door to remove the leak proof 21-gallon inner bins, the Oahu is oblivious to the wet conditions.
The Oahu Commercial Combined Recycling and Trash Receptacle is in its element sited in a tropical jungle that can see 6 inches of rain in as many hours. Crafted with Light Gray colored no-maintenance recycled plastic lumber held by marine anodized proprietary aluminum extrusions and fitted with 316-stainless steel lid and hinges, marine aluminum push flaps, and ergonomic door to remove the leak proof 21-gallon inner bins, the Oahu is oblivious to the wet conditions.

Frustrated by today’s throw-away society, where products designed for the lowest possible initial cost barely make it home from the store before breaking? We know we are, and that we are not alone.

In response, we have dedicated a good part of our lives to designing products with replaceable parts that will last for many generations, providing the lowest cost of ownership over time, and reducing the impact on our shared environment.

Designed for simple assembly and replacement of all components, and backed by our “Core Replacement Program” and Lifetime Structural Warranty, our products can be easily repaired and refinished, and ultimately recycled once again instead of tossed away as rubbish after great inconvenience and waste of precious time, energy, and money.

Materials are a key consideration in design, and one of our goals is to reduce or eliminate the needless destruction of the world’s tropical rainforests through longevity and material substitution. Tropical hardwoods, for the most part, take several generations to grow, and carpenter-built wood planters will start falling apart within a few years.

deteriorating carpenter built wood planter

A key criteria of our design is to ensure that our products made with these valuable resources last as long as possible and to provide recycled alternatives to old growth lumber. DeepStream’s wood planters will last for decades, all parts are replaceable, and there is no paint or powder coating to fail. For comprehensive, comparative information about planter design and materials, with a detailed discussion of why we design and build planters like we do, follow this link to our Planter Blog for a complete analysis.

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.
An Icon of Sustainable Design, 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.

Our Mariner and Audubon modular wood planter systems, trash bins and recycling receptacles can be built with 100% HDPE food-grade Recycled Plastic Lumber (RPL) — think cutting kitchen boards and recycled plastic milk bottles. The RPL we use is backed by a 50-year pass-through manufacturer’s warranty against rot, splintering, and decay. Unlike wood, HDPE is especially resistant to fading.

Chic modern Food Safe Plastic Planters in slate grey no-maintenance recycled plastic lumber and anodized aluminum control access to a modern clubhouse outdoor lounge with long white curtains pulled back around a ceiling shade grid open to the bright blue sky.
Every garden planter DeepStream builds is hand crafted in America, so modern Food Safe Plastic Planters like these are created to meet your specific need without custom fees, design fees, or wait times. Unlike fragile fiberglass planters these will last for decades and are backed by a Lifetime Structural Warranty, not the 2–3-year warranty you get with a fiberglass planter. Separate waterproof liners are raised off the deck for easy cleaning preventing health code violations and hide labor saving drip irrigations system and wiring for lights. With marine anodized legs there is no paint or powder coating to fail so they may be pressure cleaned for sanitation.

Our 10-year-old RPL planters look as good as new. Unlike wood planters and bins used outdoors that take considerable maintenance to maintain a fresh look, RPL looks as good after decades in the weather as it did when it arrived. RPL, while soft and easily scratched in the wrong application, does not absorb stains, which makes it a great material for trash receptacles and recycling bins, as well as garden planters.

Recycled plastic lumber does not absorb stains or grafitti, used with DeepStream’s proprietary marine anodized aluminum extrusions it can be pressure as there is no paint or powder coating to fail. These important attributes makes RPL perfect for food outlet, parking lots, transit station and other high volume locations with exposure to the public. We strongly encourage you to seriously consider the cost benefits and the long-term appearance of RPL over tropical hardwood, and the environmental statement you will be making by selecting this material for your project.

DeepStream Audubon modern commercial combined recycling and trash receptacle with 3form natural reed Eco-Resin panels at the Chicago Field Museum used in the exhibit on Conservation and “Restoring the Earth” to promote recycling and sustainable design.
Museum quality: DeepStream’s Audubon modern commercial combined recycling and trash receptacle with 3form natural reed Eco-Resin panels are used in this Chicago Museum’s exhibit on “Conservation Restoring the Earth” as a working example of the role sustainable design plays in the need to recycled, reduce, and reuse. This beautiful fixture conveys the environmental and sustainability message . Like all DeepStream receptacles it is backed by a Lifetime Structural Warranty and all parts are replaceable at factory direct cost should a part be damaged.
A Modern Commercial Recycling and Trash Bin on wheels next to a companion custom cabinet housing a remote point-of-sale-terminal at a tropical water park and restaurant complex. Both fixtures are made with 316 stainless steel lids, anodized aluminum legs, and maintenance free recycled plastic lumber.
This Audubon Modern Commercial Recycling and Trash Bin on wheels is part of a larger integrated custom fixture package for resorts, water parks, country clubs, golf resorts, and theme parks that includes the companion custom cabinet housing a remote point-of-sale-terminal, shown here at an award-winning tropical water park and restaurant complex. Both fixtures are made with 316 stainless steel lids, anodized aluminum legs, and maintenance-free recycled plastic lumber.
A DeepStream Audubon model modern commercial combined recycling and trash receptacle with 316-stainless steel lid, anodized silver aluminum legs, and 3form Eco-Resin panels of natural bear grass provides service in the marble lobby of a 5-star modern luxury hotel.
DeepStream’s Audubon modern commercial combined recycling and trash receptacle is a high-touch customer fixture equipped with a “touch-free” 316-stainless steel lid, anodized aluminum legs, and 3form Eco-Resin panels made with natural bear grass.

Click this direct link to read more about Recycled Plastic Lumber vs. Tropical Hardwood

Direct link to the Trees-for-the-Future website

Regardless of your material selection, rest assured that DeepStream will be planting a small forest in your name through the non-profit Trees for the Future program.

As of early 2021 with our customers help we have planted over 500,000 trees and improved countless lives. For every product that DeepStream’s American craftsmen create for our clients using wood or recycled plastic lumber, we plant trees in your honor through Trees For The Future, which uses its grassroots tree planting program with the goal of ending hunger and the cycle of poverty by training farmers to regenerate their land, create self-sustaining businesses that train more farmers, feeding themselves and their villages in a virtuous cycle.

  • Audubon, OPUS, or Oahu receptacles = 100 trees each.
  • Mariner planter = 50 trees each or per section of a modular planter.
  • Chameleon or Nautique bin = 20 trees each
  • Planter liner, fiberglass, concrete, or plastic garden planter = 10 trees.

The Environmental Challenge: Destruction of the World’s Tropical Rainforests for hardwood

To meet this challenge, a key criteria for all of DeepStream’s product design is Sustainability, ensuring that our products made with these valuable resources last as long as possible, and providing recycled environmentally responsible alternatives like recycled plastic lumber and readily recyclable material like HDPE plastic and aluminum.

FSC certification does not mean that the wood you are ordering is actually sustainable or even legally logged.

Slash and Burn Rainforest Destruction after Illegal Logging

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 detailed information on the Yale study, follow this link: “Greenwashed” Timber and FSC certification”

DeepStream’s Effort to Convert Customers from Tropical Hardwood to Recycled Plastic Lumber
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 rainforest, 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 resource 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’s products in recycled plastic lumber have been outselling tropical hardwood since 2016.

If you do order natural hardwood, with DeepStream’s trademark anodized aluminum extrusions, unlike carpenter-built planters, you know that your purchase will last for decades and not waste this precious resource.

Separate from the environmental concerns about using real tropical hardwoods, we highly recommend RPL Planters, especially in locations such as shopping centers and parking lots, locations serving food and drinks which stain natural wood and make a mess, or anywhere sanitation and easy maintenance are a concern.

Because DeepStream’s trademark planter legs are anodized, not painted or powder coated, RPL planters can be pressure cleaned.

Still not convinced?

Given the time and expense necessary to keep natural hardwood looking good, and the damage done to the rainforests to harvest it, versus the “set and forget it” ease of using recycled plastic lumber, you should give serious thought to which you will select for your project.

Click here to view a pdf “About Wood” to understand more about the maintenance and upkeep of natural wood.


Click here for a PDF with more information on Recycled Plastic Lumber
RPL comes with a limited 50-year warranty from its manufacturer, and DeepStream’s aluminum frame makes up for the fact that it is non-structural.

If you have questions, need more information, or would like to discuss your project, please call Sheila at (305) 857-0466 or email her at dsdmiami@gmail.com.  Sheila has decades of experience to call on as a developer, general contractor, and property manager, with thousands of planter installations and remediation project experiences to help you with budget-saving ideas.