You go outside and ride your bike knowing that you aren't adding to the pollution and emissions that an automobile leaves behind. Plus you enjoy the freedom of feeling invigorated by the outside fresh air and energy the pedaling gives your body. But riding green is taking on a whole new meaning. Many biking companies are now riding greener with recycled materials in their production processes.
One of the US' largest bicycle manufacturer is now recycling all scrap carbon in domestic manufacturing. Trek Bicycle has instituted a full-scale carbon recycling program at its Waterloo, WI-based US manufacturing facility and is now recycling all scrap carbon fiber; the material primarily used in its domestic production. The material that Trek introduced to the cycling world and has pioneered the usage of since 1992 is revered for its strength and weight properties but has long been believed nearly impossible to recycle.
Through a partnership with Materials Innovation Technologies (MIT LLC) and its wholly owned subsidiary MIT-RCF, a South Carolina carbon reclamation facility that is revolutionizing carbon recycling processes, Trek completed a three month trial period to determine the viability of adopting the step as an official part of the manufacturing process. "Throughout the trial period we worked with Trek to show them how beneficial carbon recycling can be to their overall business practices." Said MIT's President and CEO, Jim Stike. "Working with a world leader like Trek to help them become the first bicycle company to begin recycling carbon fiber is very exciting for us."
"One of the company's major initiatives is that we will work to drive more eco-friendly processes into everything that we do," said Trek Senior Composites Manufacturing Engineer, James Colegrove. "Carbon fiber recycling holds massive potential not just for Trek, but the entire industry."
Andrea Metcalf is a healthy lifestyle spokesperson and author of Naked Fitness (Vanguard Press) Her healthy lifestyle programs are featured on WomensForum.com, FitStudio.com and AnytimeHealth.com. Follow on twitter @andreametcalf