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Written by: host
6/24/2009 9:06 PM

Smart StoneLooking for a weekend DIY project? Need a quick and easy stone garden path? An alternative to heavy, expensive natural stones or cement? Try Smart StoneTM made by Greenland CompositesTM, Inc. Smart Stones measure approximately 17"L x 15"W x 2"H, weigh less than 4 pounds each, and come colored in gray or brown.

Each “stone” is made in the USA and composed of 35% plastic from about 80 recycled plastic grocery bags, 65% sawdust, talc, and a polymer base that allows the sawdust and bags to bond. No hazardous materials or VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) are used in the production of this product.Smart Stone Underside
 

Installation is not too bad either. In fact, it’s downright easy. Just lay them on the ground. You can order Smart Stones from QVC for $37.50 plus S&H for 4 of them or buy them from your local Walmart at the everyday low price of $6.87 each plus tax.

Smart Stones in GardenSmart StoneTM actually looks pretty good in the garden, but they do have some drawbacks:  1) When new they are a little slippery when wet, but they roughen-up with use and 2) when they get wet you can see the support lines in the top of them.

Once again, on the bright side, this is an American Made Eco-Friendly product – and according to the EPA, the United States alone uses over 380 billion plastic bags, sacks and wraps each year while global estimates range from 500 billion to 1 trillion. More specifically, The Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. goes through 100 billion plastic shopping bags annually (estimated cost to retailers is $4 billion). And an overwhelming percentage of them simply end up in landfills after minimal use. Hey, why not buy some Smart Stones for your garden and make a difference?

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Re: Recycled Garden Stepping Stones – the Smart Stone

I definitely suggest countersinking the Smart Stones. They look much better if they are a little below the level of your lawnmower blade setting if you place them in the lawn.

By host on   6/28/2009 9:02 PM
     
     

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