Environmental Benefits
of Using Engineered Earth Armoring Solutions

Reduced Carbon Footprint

  • Cradle to grave, the carbon footprint for 1m2 of PYRAMAT 75 is 2.7 kgCO2, more than 10 times less than concrete alternatives.
  • Studies have found polypropylene to contain no leachable components (The Blastic Project 2016-2018).
  • Our manufacturing facility in Ringgold, GA is ISO 14001 certified. This international certification recognizes that Propex is actively measuring its environmental impact and continuously looking for ways to improve it.
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Improved Water Quality

  • Filters sediment and pollutants to improve water quality.
  • Encourages infiltration of water back into the ground water table.
  • The EPA has identified High Performance Turf Reinforcement Mats (HPTRMs) like PYRAMAT® as a Best Management Practice (BMP) for improving water quality.

Supports Natural Habitats:

  • Promotes rapid root development and long-term vegetation.
  • Supports a living shoreline, whereas hard armoring can decrease streamside vegetation and adversely impact fish populations.
  • Maintains a cooler water temperature than traditional hard armoring, which is healthier for aquatic life habitats.

Single-Use Plastics vs. Engineered Plastics

Single Use Plastics:

  • Not stabilized to prevent degradation
  • Made from various unstable polymers that breakdown to microplastics and leach harmful chemicals
  • Discarded quickly and not properly disposed
  • Degradation begins immediately
  • Susceptible to degradation caused by UV exposure, temperature and oxidation

Engineered Plastics:

  • Most are stabilized to withstand degradation
  • Made from durable Polypropylene that does not leach and resists generation of microplastics
  • Designed for long lasting or permanent use
  • Functional longevity of up to 200 years
  • Engineered to withstand UV exposure, resist corrosion and maintain durability in demanding environments
PYRAMAT installed on the New Orleans Levee, vegetated