Featherlite Trailers is continually searching for ways to preserve natural resources and improve energy efficiency. Our efforts focus on actions with measurable, verifiable results and active recycling.
The extensive use of aluminum in Featherlite’s products not only resists rust and corrosion better than steel—it also has several ecological benefits. Aluminum can reduce the weight of the trailer by nearly 20%. The lighter weight can lower tow vehicle fuel consumption, not to mention reduce emissions and cut down on engine wear. In addition, the aluminum industry estimates that “for each pound of aluminum which replaces two pounds of conventional iron or steel, a net 20 pounds of CO2 equivalents can be saved over the typical lifetime of a vehicle.”1 Aluminum also offers improved durability, which reduces product obsolescence.
In addition, aluminum is one of the easiest metals to recycle. Recycling aluminum requires 95% less energy and produces 95% lower greenhouse gas emissions than producing primary aluminum.
Featherlite’s Green Initiative covers more than just the materials we use to build our trailers. Here are just some of the initiatives we have instituted in our plants:
1 Climate and the Aluminum Industry, ClimateBiz.com