What Is a Lightweight Substitute for Plywood?

The word “green” describes a great many things, including pigmentation, envy and inexperience. In recent years, however, the term green has been lent to those activities, practices and products that exact an insignificant toll on the environment. One such product, a lightweight, durable replacement for the ubiquitous plywood, is Ecosheet.

Plywood's Environmental Impact

To make plywood, large, flawless old-growth Douglas fir trees are cut down, spun at high rates of speed, and sliced into thin, 400-foot sheets. The trees destroyed in the process of making plywood provide habitation for the spotted owl, marbled murrelet and coho salmon. Douglas fir trees can grow to be well over 300 feet tall, and live more than 500 years, sometimes beyond 1,000 years.


Developed as a solution to the construction industry's increasing demand for sustainable products, Eco-sheet both re-uses and reduces waste streams because the Ecosheet is produced from low-grade, mixed waste-plastics materials, which are notoriously hard to recycle, and therefore invariably end up in land-fills or incinerated. Further, this process allows EcoSheet panels to be recycled at the end of their useful lives, offering a complete closed-loop solution for all customers.

Uses for Ecosheet

In addition to its construction applications, Ecosheet can be used as replacement for wood in furniture such as desks and bookshelves; as well as doors. It can be printed upon and used as signage material because it is impervious to rain and humidity.

About the Author

Jennifer Simon has been a copywriter since 2007, a copyeditor since 2004 and currently teaches English Composition at Full Sail University. Her edited articles have appeared in "The Washington Post," "The Huffington Post" and "The Network Journal." Simon has a Master of Arts degree from Duquesne University with a focus in modern English grammar, linguistics and editing.