While homeowners want the beauty of decking, you want to trust that what’s underneath is meant to last and is kind
to our planet. Like homeowners, builders and contractors also want a durable product that withstands Mother Nature
and human wear-and-tear like no other material.
In 2004, a mistake during an experiment resulted in the creation of a new material made from 97 percent post-
consumer recycled materials such as plastics and glass.
Founder, Paul Schmitt, then spent years researching and experimenting to refine the process and formula, today known as Envirolastech, a thermoplastic technology that offers an alternative to wood, concrete and other composite materials, in an unlimited variety of products and applications.
A desire to clean up the earth drove us to create this company and the Envirolastech material. It infuses our products, our processes and our goals for the future.
Rounds of testing have confirmed that Envirolastech material is more durable, longer-lasting and has higher tensile strength than other building materials.
We are harnessing technology for the good of the earth. It is our unique, proprietary technology that allows us to create a greener, longer-lasting building material.
Woodfill and decking materials that contain it, are biodegradable and will eventually break down overtime. If the
surface gets chipped, dented or cracked, the core becomes susceptible to water and pest damage – all of this
weakening the overall performance of your product.
Envirolastech decking is free of biodegradable ingredients. Just one of many reasons it is the stronger, longer lasting choice.
Another common thermoplastic used in building materials is Polyvinyl chloride (PVC). But, it’s highly toxic chemicals used in production and processing are detrimental to our environment – making Envirolastech decking a greener, eco-restorative choice because it’s free of toxic chemicals. And if desired, can be 100% recycled! (And once its useful life is finished, it can be recycled at Envirolastech and made into something new.)
Plastic waste is a huge global problem and we need viable solutions. In this interview with Jeff Mintz, CEO of Envirolastech, we discuss how plastic can be recycled and used as a building material in a unique way...Read Full Article Listen to Podcast
ABC 6 News. September, 19th 2017
Multiple state agency commissioners are in southeast Minnesota this week to focus on supporting local businesses. One of their stops included a tour at ENVIROLASTECH in St. Charles on Tuesday.
Twin Cities Business. May 31, 2017
Turning trash into durable building products? That’s the business model for Rochester-based Envirolastech. The company’s process converts glass, plastics and ash into a proprietary thermoplastic, a green alternative to traditional building materials. Read more.
Post-Bulletin. April 3, 2017
Jeff Mintz sees Destination Medical Center as a powerful force to grow his new company, Envirolastech, which makes boards, siding and other products from recycled plastic for home and industry. Read more.
Post-Bulletin. April 27, 2016
The St. Charles City Council unanimously and happily approved the sale of land in its Chattanooga Innovation Park to a new manufacturer planning to build its plant in the Interstate 90 business park. Read more.
Winona Daily News. Nov. 30, 2016
With a little help from the state, a new business is starting construction in St. Charles. Approved by the St. Charles City Council in the spring, Envirolastech plans to officially break ground on their facility in December. Read more.
Star Tribune. Nov. 21, 2016
Recycled materials manufacturer Envirolastech Inc. will add 26 workers when it opens a $3 million production facility east of Rochester, state officials announced Monday. Read more.
Winona Post. September 25, 2017
Out back, the rear of the new Envirolastech plant in St. Charles is practical, not pretty. Eighty tons worth of milk jugs and similar plastics are stacked in bales. A loading dock ramp leads up to a stockpile of broken glass bottles.