Eco-Friendly Benches

Bench from Recycled Grocery Bags

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CLEAR LAKE, IA - A North Iowa community is becoming more eco-friendly. Clear Lake state parks and campgrounds have added new benches to the area made out of 100 percent recycled materials.

Not too long ago, the Clear Lake Parks and Recreation Department along with the Iowa DNR were awarded a grant from the Iowa Grocery Association to build some very unique benches.

It’s part of the build with Build with Bags program.

Just looking at one of those benches in the McIntosh State Park, you’d never guess it was made from more than 10,000 grocery bags.

There are seven different benches around the lake altogether, which helped remove 74,000 plastic bags from landfills.

They’re good for the environment and match the natural scenery as well.

One local park manager and says not only are the benches a great way to recycle, but they make their jobs keeping the parks clean, a lot easier.

McIntosh State Park Manager Tammy Domonoske said, “We probably won’t ever have to touch this bench again as far as maintenance goes. Whereas if you had a normal wood one here, you’d have to paint it, stain it, you know scrape it, put new boars on it, eventually over time. This will not, so that’s what I like about it and the park people should like it a lot because it’s always going to be here.”

McIntosh State Park has been using other recycled materials for years.

One of the cabins is made from recycled wood from an old church and other campsite benches are made from recycled plastic milk cartons.

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