After successfully producing thousands of shipping pallets in Ankara, Turkey (including for Coca Cola’s distributor in Turkey), we shifted manufacturing focus to higher margin /diversified demonstration of Ekopolimer. The successful, exceptional life span of the shipping pallets informs our plan to finance expanded production capacity through multi-year corporate purchasing contracts. The global shipping pallet market is expected to be worth $88.69 billion by 2026.
In the meantime, our focus is ground access and related applications. The Ekomat is a ground access mat, enabling vehicles, equipment and people to move across soft or uneven terrain, as well as protect the underlying landscape from that same movement.
Use of composite ground access mats has increased quickly in the last decade as diverse customer categories are recognizing the time, cost and safety benefits of using the tool -- often in place of short-lived plywood.
According to an industry analyst report, the global ground access mat market is expected to be $1.7 billion by 2021 with an increased emphasis on using eco-friendly materials.
Beginning in 2015 we imported, began testing and created prototype adaptations. Thanks to the help of dozens of early tester adopters in a variety of applications and the intellectual firepower of several advisor subject matter experts (trail design and accessibility, lakes and ponds ecology, leasing and federal procurement, among others.) we have a highly competitive position (cost and performance) for ground access and adapted applications.
Examples of Ekomats customers
Ekomats Users and Applications
The Waterworks Sector
Parks & Recreation
City & Town Planners
Federal Government Agencies
“We used them on an emergency sewer job in South Portland this week on the ocean we had to walk across the sand dunes the city was very impressed. The guys loved the weight.” - Jim Shaw, Gorham Sand & Gravel, Inc
“We were definitely satisfied with the performance of the Ekomats and we are interested in purchasing at least a few before we send the rest back (after renting). We are glad we could work with y'all!” - Randy Harrison, SSC - Services for Education
“We are always crossing existing grass and making ruts. This (Ekomats) has eliminated this for us. It saves the client money, it saves us time and money and shows our customers and the public that we are taking the necessary steps to prevent unnecessary damage and we take pride in our work.” - Corey Zimmer - Farm Boy Landscaping and Maintenance
“The Ekomat saves time and hassle by offering a stable resting spot for the plow when detaching it from the truck. Without it, the alignment of the plow gets all “wonky” if the ground thaws or the packed snow melts under the resting support of the plow (think of a motorcycle kickstand that sinks into hot pavement).” - Tom Calcagni - First Line Security
"They work great, every company should have some." - Carl Frisenda - Highway Superintendent
"A great access mat has the right balance of ease of use and stability. Ekomat deployment is simple. The mats have the weight to stay in place and offer traction when needed, a combination that makes Ekomats competitive in the ground access space." - Wendy Patterson - Environmental Access Consultant
Retail and Distribution
Sales of Ekomats in the second half of 2018 with the immediate goal to reach a diverse mix of customers and applications to demonstrate both the product and the material attributes.
In addition to the retail and b2b dealers, and manufacturers sales representatives covering 20+ states, we are in the final stage of securing HUBZone certification which advances our federal procurement objectives.
Retail and Distribution
D. & S. Pump and Supply Co.
r.k. MILES Inc.
Tree Works Ltd.
F.W. Webb Company
Regions covered by manufacturer’s representatives
We are also distributing Ekomats in Alberta and British Columbia
Ekomats are a versatile tool that enable heavy equipment or people to cross lawns, sand, or other terrains while protecting that terrain from said movement. They are comprised of recycled plastic film and perform with flexibility, durability, and water-imperviousness.
Federal procurement of Ekomats represents the adoption of Ekopolimer material. Whether it is ground or water access, aircraft landing pads or other infrastructure, the Military and federal agencies have a growing need for a versatile tool, like Ekomats, and a durable material, like Ekopolimer.
As of mid-August 2019, EcoGlobal has been certified as a HUBZone certified business, making our company eligible for set-aside, sole-source and price preferential treatment when bidding for Federal contracts. The U.S. government has set a goal that 3% of all Federal contract dollars must be awarded to HUBZone certified companies - a $16 billion opportunity. EcoGlobal is one of only 7,000 U.S. businesses that have attained the HUBZone certification.
Institutions and Organizations
The Town of Middlebury, the College, and the State of Vermont offered early and consistent encouragement around our long term plans. UMass Lowell’s Plastics Engineering program is unsurpassed and will anchor a cross-disciplinary approach towards whole system innovation. The major trade associations have offered expertise, introductions and interest in creating new industry standards around sustainability measurement and accountability.
News and Media
Finding New Uses for Plastic Waste (Sustainable: The Podcast - April '19)
Plastics Recycling Firm Eyes Middlebury (Addison Independent August '16)
Westford tests out new trail Ekomats (Westford Eagle Sept. '16)
Berkshire Natural Resources Council completes new accessible trail (Berkshire Edge Sept. '18)
A gem of a new trail to explore in the Berkshires (Berkshire Eagle Oct. '18)
Recycling Today - interview and video (March '19)
Flexible Packaging Recycling? These Firms Offer Hope (Plastics Recycling Update March '19)
Seeking a greener option for film recycling (Plastics News March '19)
Can Big Ideas Improve Colorado’s Recycling Reputation? (5280 Magazine June ‘19)
Recycling: A commodities market (Walking Mountain Science Center Blog, July ‘19)
Honors and Recognition
The Klosters Forum - Caleb was among 75 global experts convened around ocean plastics.
NextCycle Colorado - Our company was selected for partnership with the State of Colorado around developing new end markets for tough to recycle plastic materials.
FlexPack Recovery Challenge - Finalist for international industry competition for repurposing flexible and multi-layer packaging.
Material Recovery For the Future - Prospective industry partner for new use outcomes of mixed film plastics.
SolarImpulse 1000 Efficient Solutions - Recruited to join international aviator Bertrand Piccard’s global list of environmental innovations.
Sustainability objectives, the expectations of employees and growing awareness around the problems of single use plastics are among the reasons why plastics producers, processors and consumer brands are investing heavily in new outcomes. We are engaged in conversations with corporate and trade association leadership around how Ekopolimer offers market based answers for better outcome for plastic poo poo.
There is significant value for companies to demonstrate better outcomes for the single use plastics they need to bring products to market.
Fort Collins, Colorado
Though I could not have imagined this in 2013, my colleagues and I have acquired industry leading expertise. Thanks to many mentors and guides, including early objective advice from the Northeast Resource Recovery Association, we understand and have a commanding position for feedstock.
Our knowledge, commanding purchasing position and long-term orientation has secured preliminary interest/agreement to source from NYC, an industry sponsored facility in PA, corporate suppliers (Estee Lauder and others), State of Colorado, Orange County/Orlando FL, among others (AZ, CA, TX,)