Employees of Jasper-based National Office Furniture has donated several benches in honor of “Earth Day,” but these aren’t made of wood like most NOF products. These benches are made of plastic bottle caps and other container lids to Seaside Park, New Jersey, a community that was devastated by Hurricane Sandy that hit the community on October 29, 2012.
National partnered with Green Tree Plastics of Evansville for the project that also donated three other like benches to communities where NOF has a manufacturing facility.
Employees of NOF’s 11th Avenue plant in Jasper donated a bench to Celestine Park here in Dubois County. The bench was presented in December in memory of Denise Goodman, an NOF employee who passed away in 2013.
NOF’s Santa Claus employees donated a bench to the “Y Wee Care” child development center in Santa Claus.
A fourth bench was donated to Fordsville Elementary School in Kentucky.
Green Tree Plastics offers the “A Bench for Caps” program in which caps and lids collected by schools and other organizations are made into a weather-resistant, 100-percent recycled bench or table as long as children benefit from its use or donation. It takes 400 pounds of lids and caps to construct one bench.
PHOTOS: Angle Block Kleinhelter/National Office Furniture