Our planet seems to keep getting warmer, and the suns rays more harmful all the time. This has prompted a fast growing industry.
A shade sail is a device to create outdoor shade based on the basic technology as a ship’s sail. Shade sails use a flexible membrane tensioned between several anchor points. While generally installed permanently, they are cheap and easy to set up. They are usually provided above public gathering places such as seating areas and playgrounds in countries where strong sun radiation makes prolonged stays in the open sun unpleasant or dangerous due to sunburn and skin cancer risk.
The material is HDPE high-density polyethylene. Shade sail companies purchase this plastic material on large rolls. The Shade sail designs and shapes are cut from this these rolls. Most of the shapes are triangles which leaves a very large amount of unusable cut off material which is usually discarded.
U.S.E.D. is working directly with Shade Sails Canada to upcycle their waste into usable products to minimize the amount of material destined for the land fill.