Recommended Workstation Floor Mats and Their Benefits

As the seasons turn for the better, we turn to the worsened state of our floors. It’s easy to wish that mud and scuff marks aren’t really there, or that they haven’t built up over time, ruining tile, scratching wood, and clumping in carpet. Look closely and you can see the impact of every person who walks across your foyer.

This is where Consolidated Plastics steps up to help you, with premium mats for some of the most demanding workplaces.

One of our premier outdoor mats is the United Mat™ Brush Scrape Mat, designed to address people stepping in from the dirty world outside. Imagine, for example, that you manage a school, or that your business clientele includes children. This mat is composed of high-performance nylon fibers that scrape off every trace of the outside world (or playground) from each little sneaker. Now, let’s switch gears and think about how tired you are when you arrive at a hotel on a rainy night. The United Mat Brush Scrape Mat has a rubber backing that prevents slipping in damp shoes, while the turf pile fabric construction whisks away water and keeps grit from settling into the fibers. In another application, picture the front door to your own office with this mat in front, available in the traditional colors of charcoal, brown, navy and burgundy – colors that never fade with sunlight. And since they’re composed of 15% recycled material, you can be assured you’re helping the environment as you make a wonderful first impression on your customers and visitors. The United Mat Brush Scrape Mat is one of our favorites and we’re proud to recommend it for your outdoor needs.

However, even the best outside mat needs a companion backup for inside. For that, we created our Custom Logo Berber Mats. When dealing with high-traffic areas, or in industries where spills are common – food service, anyone? – this mat, composed of stain-resistant polypropylene, makes cleanup a breeze. In a restaurant, hotel or busy retail shop, hundreds of people can walk through an entryway every day. Our Custom Logo Berber Mats are made to fit just where they’re needed, with sizes that range up to 13′ x 101′, and custom dimensions to the nearest half-inch. And when thinking of your own office, the Custom Logo Berber Mat can show off your company logo with 30 different colors and classic edging in either black or brown, to promote an elegant ambiance.

In just these few examples, you can see how Consolidated Plastics’ mats make your work environment safer, cleaner and more attractive. To see the full range of colors and textures for yourself, explore the various ‘Mats’ sections of our website and see which ones are ideal for your business – and how we make it a point to put your best foot forward on your office floors!

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Premises Liability – Understanding Commercial Property Owner Liability

Let’s talk for a minute about promoting safety in your workspace. Sometimes we forget that workplace injuries not only harm people, but can also hurt your bottom line. The National Safety Council noted in 2003 that almost $70 billion – with a ‘b’ – is paid out in compensation and doctors’ bills every year due to employee slips and falls, and that number has grown significantly since then. In fact, employee injuries of this type have become such a popular problem that you can calculate how much a workers’ compensation claim is worth simply by typing those words into a search engine. (There’s a link within the first few results on both Google and Yahoo.) And workplace safety is a key consideration for customers, too. In one recent safety case, a customer at a grocery store was awarded $2.3 million in damages after a spinal injury.

That’s why we’ve developed a series of mats to help protect people from slips, trips and falls.

At Consolidated Plastics, our commercial matting cannot be beat. We offer an array of curated floor mats, which include entryway mats, logo mats and our anti-fatigue matting. Standing work areas can seem difficult to keep safe, but just look at our Softstep & Ultra Sponge Mats. Not only does these fully beveled mats reduce the risk of tripping, but our 100% closed-cell PVC sponge is proven to help alleviate the pain caused by tired and stressed muscles. And as we all know, a well-rested employee is more aware of their surroundings and less likely to trip.

In another example, wet floors can be a potential danger zone, leading to a slippery work area. Our Aquasorb mats were designed for such areas, providing additional grip to the floor, and traction for your shoes even while damp.

At Consolidated Plastics, we know preventing a fall isn’t a one-person – or one-mat – job. So we offer our grip strips and non-slip safety track tape, to help our mats to do their best work. Our grip strips stop mats from rolling up at the corners. These easily installed strips can be used on any type of floor surface, making your workplace safer every day. Request a sample today and witness how our grip strips make your mats even safer. And our non-slip safety track tape is a long-lasting roughened tape that you unroll, cut to the desired length, place on the floor and press wherever mats cannot fit. This tape works even on individual stairs or narrow work areas.

But there’s more we do for you. At the Consolidated Plastics website, we have a secret weapon to combat the slip, trip and fall accidents. Whether you’re at work, at home or in a safety meeting, just type in consolidatedplastics.com and select “Industries & Mat Usage” on the left side of our home page. Here we list every type of mat available, presorted for your industry. No more wondering and worrying if your mats are right for the job, because our experts have made your mat shopping and purchasing a streamlined process destined for success.

So don’t be left at risk with flimsy mats, curling corners and potential damages, both physical and financial. With high quality mats from Consolidated Plastics, you can sleep easier at night, knowing your risk is being mitigated every day.

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Different Types of Plastics, Their Properties & Uses

PVC Pipe

Photo By Dennis Hill

Today we’re looking at the types of different plastics, along with their properties and uses – which leads us at Consolidated Plastics to consider the nature of change, both in our business and in yours. At Consolidated Plastics, we think of plastic as a medium of change, making products better while serving as a reminder that flexibility is a key to success.

In fact, plastics are so versatile that we can forget the many ways they help your business grow and run smoothly. The word ‘plastic’ – from the Greek for ‘capable of being shaped or molded,’ refers to the malleability of this class of materials, with the synthetic plastics in particular, including polyethylene, polypropylene and PVC, being especially useful.

Polyethylene

A specialty at Consolidated Plastics, polyethylene is key to the way so many of our products can be cast and pressed into almost any shape imaginable. A solid and stable plastic that was accidentally discovered by a German chemist, polyethylene was first synthesized nearly 120 years ago. In service for decades in a wide range of products, it’s a little-known fact that it was actually a top-secret strategic material during World War II because of one unusual property, its ability to reduce the loss of high-frequency radio waves. In fact, its commercial applications were suspended during the war, when it was reserved for use as an insulator in coaxial radar cables.

Since then, many versions of polyethylene have been developed for different uses, ranging from chlorinated polyethylene that can be blended with PVC pipes and tubing to increase weather and impact resistance, to PET (polyethylene terephthalate), used in everything from food containers to fibers in clothing, to bio-based polyethylene that can be produced from sugarcane, beets and even wheat.

At Consolidated Plastics, we mold polyethylene into a variety of high-quality packaging and container products. For example, our Oblong and Round Jugs are made of High Density Polyethylene (HDPE). These naturally colored opaque vessels come with their own plastic caps, and they’re perfect for shipping, stocking shelves or storing liquids and powders for future use. As an example of bagging solutions, our Heavy-Duty 4 Mil Resealable Bubble Bags envelop your products with bubbles made of 4 mm-thick polyethylene to protect them from scratches, dents and breakage.

And our premium Entryway Mats offer the best of all worlds, with carpet tops made from 100% post-consumer recycled PET – polyethylene again – and your choice of either a cleated or smooth rubber backing. Available in a range of shapes, sizes, thicknesses and colors, our composite mats make your business look great, regardless of changes in the season, the business climate or technology.

Polypropylene

While polyethylene is the most widely used synthetic plastic, polypropylene, the second-most used, is the material of choice in textiles, plastic parts, containers and other demanding applications, due to its ruggedness and resistance to chemical solvents. We use it for our Disposable Beakers as well as our regular and custom Berber Mats, where its ability to resist both chemicals and wear-and-tear help make those product lines last so long, and offer such great value.

PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)

The world’s third-most used synthetic plastic is polyvinyl chloride, PVC, also part of our arsenal of solutions. Available in rigid and flexible forms, clear PVC makes our Cylinder Bottles so strong and convenient to use for storing, transporting and packaging a wide array of products. We include standard black caps with our Cylinders for easy visual reference.

So, when considering the many product lines we make, it’s good to know that each and every one has been studied and tested for peak performance, to ensure that you can trust their performance and their overall value.

Circling back to where we started today, while we fully embrace change, and constantly investigate high-quality materials to make our products better, one thing that doesn’t change is our focus on pleasing you. Simply email or call to let us know which of our durable and cost-effective plastic products are best at helping your business grow, do more and change for the better!

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Why Your Dental Practice Needs A Custom Floor Mat

Dental Office Floor Mats

Dental Practice Design – Photo By Marshburnx

As a dentist in private practice, you have a lot to think about beyond providing excellent care for your patients. You have to be financially responsible, keeping the doors open and the lights on. You have to hire and manage your staff. You have to keep up with the latest technology. You have to deal with state and federal regulations, and maintain your professional standing. You have to find new clients and market your practice by building goodwill in the community.

So it might seem that selecting a high-quality floor mat isn’t on your list of top-ten priorities and, in truth, it isn’t. But when you’ve addressed the other items above, you should give some thought to the impression that a custom, high-quality rubber mat makes on your patients and office visitors.

Of course, a high-quality mat – one that’s heavy, made of water-resistant rubber and doesn’t curl, slide or flip over when it’s in place – is functional. It protects your floors, traps dirt and contains spills. It also helps prevent slips, trips and falls, a major consideration for your staff, as well as your patients. More than that, though, it welcomes people to your office and gives them the sense that you represent quality in everything you do. The best mats – like the ones we make here at Consolidated Plastics – even provide a cushion for your feet and back, reducing fatigue to make standing more comfortable.

But a custom floor mat that’s emblazoned with your logo also does something more important: It reminds your patients of you, and the fact that you’re there for them, to make their visit as comfortable and pleasant as possible. Often, patients visiting the dentist can instead be uncomfortable, even apprehensive, which in turn can make their minds and imaginations overly active. These feelings make them more distractable, of course, but they can also make patients more aware of visual cues in their surroundings.

And this is where your name, or the name of your practice, or your logo, become so important. Offering reassurance on both a conscious and an unconscious basis, your logo – in truth, your name, and the trust that it conveys – are an anchor for their thoughts, helping calm them as they look around the office and contemplate the immediate future, either while taking a break during a procedure or waiting to begin.

While your name and logo are prominently displayed on your signage and business cards, chances are, your logo and name aren’t visible on very many items inside your office. But the floor is everywhere, and our high-quality floor mats, customized with your logo, can be the ideal way to make your patients feel more comfortable and relaxed when they’re in your treatment areas and waiting room.

So after you’ve taken care of the major items on your business ‘to-do’ list, take a moment to order high-quality, custom floor mats from Consolidated Plastics that are imprinted with your logo, and make your patients happier and more comfortable.

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Slip, Trip and Fall Workplace Statistics

Slips, Trips & Falls Signage

Photo By Dasr

Ever think about the amazing beauty of winter? It truly does have its charms: the serenity of snowflakes flurrying in the cold sky, the appeal of the warm fireplace, the delicious smells wafting from our kitchens.

But, of course, this winter wonderland also brings rain, sleet, and snow, all of which turns into slush — that awful combination of ice and mud that melts together just enough to soak your boots and get all over your formerly dry, clean and safe floors. Just as unappealing to look at as to clean off of freshly scrubbed floors, this hidden menace presents a serious problem to customers and employees alike.

That’s because trips, slips and falls are responsible for some 15% of all fatal and 8% of all nonfatal accidents across the nation. These numbers seem small until you realize that slips and falls account for as many as 12,000 deaths each year. That’s why OSHA issues standard requirements for clean and drainage-maintained workplaces, and why workplace safety advocates publish posters about this problem.

At Consolidated Plastics, we offer a more proactive solution to help prevent injuries and reduce your exposure to liability, with an array of high quality mats that go above and beyond the call of duty.

Our outdoor mats are long lasting, made with durable, thick rubber to prevent loss of balance and designed to withstand curling and flipping over in high winds. Our deluxe United Mat Brush Scrape Mats even help eliminate the disappointment of dirty footprints in your lobby, with nylon fibers that scour slush and debris off your shoes and boots. For the environmentally conscious, we’ve developed the Aquasorb line of mats, made for the rigorous demands of inclement weather but composed of 100% post-consumer recycled plastic. Moving indoors, our Ultra Anti-Fatigue Mats cushion your feet and provide support for your entire body, while simultaneously resisting oil and grease. And for an added bonus, we offer the option of embellishing your company’s logo on your mat of choice, to promote your brand and remind customers that you care about their safety and comfort. Of course, you can always request a sample of our mats to see their undeniable value for yourself.

So, while this pondering the pluses and minuses of rain, snow and slush, we encourage you to give the gift of peace of mind to your customers and employees. With dry, safe floors, Old Man Winter can be less of a nuisance and more of a time for renewal and the promise of spring.

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The History of Plastic Bottles

The History of Plastic Bottles

Photo By Jan Hendrickx

With our busy routines and all of our day-to-day activities, it’s easy to overlook the simple things. From paper clips to sidewalks to electricity, it seems that our brains are programmed to ignore the minor conveniences of life until they’re missing. So as we stop to smell the roses, as it were, we turn to the humble plastic bottle, something that’s ubiquitous today, yet wasn’t always so.

Initially, ceramics and glass were the medium of choice for bottles. Many major archeological digs use ceramic and glass shards as a method of dating their finds, and they were really the only choice until the late 19th century. Plastic bottles first came on the scene in 1875, but were remarkably expensive because science was only beginning to understand the many different types, compositions and properties of plastic.

One of the first of plastics was called Galalith. It was created with milk proteins and formaldehyde but ultimately proved unsafe for long-term use. Another early plastic was a more familiar name, Bakelite, from the early 1900s. It was the first plastic created by only synthetic materials. A true success, early Bakelite products are still sought after by collectors and historians. A synthetic plastic that was heat-resistant but not a conductor of electricity, Bakelite ushered in the modern age of plastic.

In the 1960s, polyethylene came on the scene and became the new standard. Composed of a complex chain of molecules, polyethylene remains in widespread use today. For our own Consolidated Plastics polyethylene products, we use both high- and low-density versions to create bottles that can bend to your touch while standing up to various chemicals.

In 1981, Consolidated Plastics was founded and has since remained on the cutting edge of plastic technology, exploring new generations of plastic products and innovative techniques, such as blow molding. We use blow molding for some of our bottles, both to ensure a uniform product and to maintain higher FDA standards in all our shapes and sizes.

These include Boston-Round bottles, that classic cylindrical body with a short curved shoulder, perfect for the distinguished workplace. Ours are made of low-density polyethylene for storage and dispensary. Yorker dispensing caps or flip-top caps are included for your convenience.

Then there’s the popular Nalgene bottle, which is found in both the narrow-mouth and wide-mouth variety. Translucent for easy identification and rigid in form, these bottles are made of a high-density polypropylene which renders them safe for chemicals and general use, with screw closures that are guaranteed to be leak-proof.

Another popular example is our pharmaceutical round bottle. With a wide aperture and a stout body, this bottle was designed for safe storage and dispensing of pharmaceutical supplies and drugs. Professional black caps are included with every pharmaceutical bottle.

Looking back over time, we see that plastic has become so popular because it does such a good job of storing and transporting so many things, in so many shapes and sizes. And with plastic containers from Consolidated Plastics, you can be sure you’re getting more than great utility — you’re also getting the best quality and value!

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Alternative Uses For Nalgene™ Bottles

You may have heard of the term ‘Nalgene™ bottles,’ in part because these clear, high-density polyethylene plastic bottles, originally developed for use in laboratories, are shatterproof and much lighter than glass. They’re available from Consolidated Plastics in 12-packs or 6-packs depending on the size. We offer our Nalgene™ bottles in 1/4-oz., 1/2-oz., 1-oz., 2-oz., 4-oz., 8-oz., 16-oz. and 32-oz. sizes. Other than being used in laboratories they’ve become a staple for hikers, backpackers and outdoor enthusiasts, since they’re more secure than plastic bags and make a great alternative to cans and glass containers for transporting food and liquids. Available in wide-mouth and narrow-mouth configurations (with wide-mouth bottles being easier to fill with ice), these bottles resist stains and odors and can handle both boiling water and ice – as well as many other liquids and substances – in temperatures ranging from sub-freezing to Saharan.

Of course, our Nalgene™ bottles also happen to be virtually indestructible, as well as BPA-free, and can be used for anything from dry food – think nuts, trail mix, cereal, fruit, jerky, dried beans, grains, pasta and the like – to ‘wet’ foods like soups and stews, and sports drinks, tea, coffee, juice, adult beverages, even water. Best of all, they’re reusable, so your light, easy-to-carry bottles can be used over and over, saving on cost and encouraging recycling over disposal.

They’re also finding many other uses around the home, office and athletic field and, since they’re all but unbreakable, they can be used by virtually anyone, from toddlers and children to seniors. (They make great squirt bottles for the kids, and we know of at least one dog trainer who uses them for his ‘gentle training’ approach.) Light, strong, durable, flexible, adaptable, safe to use and cost-effective, whether you use them around the house or for traveling, you’ll love our Nalgene™ bottles.

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Executive Benefit

In business, everyone wants to feel special, especially executives. They’ve had ‘executive perks’ for years, ranging from corner offices with spectacular views, to long lunches, limos, bonuses and even relocation packages. But for a day-in, day-out benefit, it’s hard to beat something that makes your job easier and your work environment more comfortable.

At Consolidated Plastics, we think that every one of your dedicated employees will be more efficient and more productive once they’ve experienced the joy of positioning their desk chair – or, with the newly identified benefits of standing up while doing office work – simply standing at their desk on our Executive Comfort Mat.

Black Executive Comfort Mat

Our premiere comfort mat, the Executive Comfort Mat, is the perfect mat for commercial and residential use

The perfect mat for commercial and residential use, the Executive Comfort Mat is non-staining and easy to clean, and incorporates a smooth transition edge that reduces the risk of trips and falls. Have a job that requires extended standing? The Executive Comfort Mat boasts a solid, polyurethane construction that acts as a cushion to provide long-lasting comfort. Ideal for use in food service, airline, retail and other high-traffic settings, the Executive Comfort Mat stands up to high traffic, maintaining its durability and elegance. It even comes with a guarantee of long-lasting comfort and support over time!

With this kind of pedigree, it’s no surprise that our new 2’ x 5’ Executive Comfort Mat does such a great job in less-demanding industries, making it a true ‘Executive Benefit’ for all of your employees, whether they have to stand, sit or walk around the workplace. With one-piece polyurethane construction and a beveled, trip-reducing edge, the Executive Comfort Mat features a flat surface that’s easy to keep clean and can be swept or wiped off. Much better quality than the mats sold in retail stores, our dense, resilient Executive Comfort Mat is 3/4″ thick, and miles better than any ‘gel mat.’

Available only from Consolidated Plastics, the Executive Comfort Mat is truly an affordable ‘executive perk’ that will make your entire staff feel special.

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A ‘Barefoot’ Floor Mat?

When it comes to floor mats for your entryway, you’d probably agree that not all mats are created equal. In fact, the economist John Ruskin probably said it best, “There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this man’s lawful prey.”

That’s why we at Consolidated Plastics make only quality floor mats, mats that are thicker, more beautiful, safer, more durable and, yes, more ‘barefoot comfortable’ than the cheaper floor mats you’ll find at your local ‘big box’ stores.

Experience the Value

Quality Matters – Experience the Value of Quality Floor Mats

We do this because, in the final analysis, quality matters. For example, our higher quality floor mats feature a thicker backing – as much as three times thicker! – than the mats your local store carries. Thicker mats last longer, of course, but they also offer some other significant benefits, such as being more resistant to curling and crumpling. While they may seem harmless, these two problems make your mat – and your business – look bad, while contributing to such safety issues as trips, slips and the catching of chairs and other equipment, all of which can lead to accidents and falls.

Ensuring a clean, crisp look in your entryway while maintaining their beauty much, much longer, our thicker mats are not only more secure, they’re also more comfortable. In fact, they feel so soft and cushiony that you may be tempted to take off your shoes and walk barefoot on the deep, dense carpeted surface (which, by the way, is excellent at catching dirt and trapping moisture while resisting wear from foot traffic.) You probably wouldn’t, of course, but if you think about it, when was the last time you even considered walking barefoot on one of those cheap, thin mats from your local retail store? Probably never, right?

So, sure, you can save a little on the up-front price of a thinner mat, but as Mr. Ruskin said so many years ago, do you really want to have to put up every day with something that’s made a little worse and sold a little cheaper?

Or would you rather that your business represent quality, in everything from your products, people and service, right down to your thick, beautiful, safe, long-lasting and comfortable entryway mats – the kind you get from Consolidated Plastics?

Character + Quality + Value, Experience the Difference.

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Consider the Humble Rubber Mat


Consider the humble rubber or carpet mat: It protects floors, it traps dirt and it keeps spills from spoiling clean surfaces at work, at home and at play. It welcomes people to your business, your house, your office, and your car, RV or trailer. The best mats – like the ones we make here at Consolidated Plastics – even provide a cushion for your feet and back, reducing fatigue to make standing more comfortable, all while going the distance through wind, rain, snow, ice and sun.

And what do we do? We ignore this wonderful construction, we wipe our feet on it, we walk all over it. Even when it carries a happy message, a logo or a picture – such as found on our Aquasorb Inlay Logo Mats – the best a mat can hope for is to be swept off or cleaned every once in awhile until reaches the end of its useful life, at which point we either throw it away or recycle it.

When you see a mat, do you think about all that it endures for your sake? Do you care that it’s made with a diamond-textured Nitrile rubber surface combined with a closed-cell Nitrile/PVC cushion backing for the utmost in comfort, like our Ultra Anti-Fatigue mats? Or that it has beveled edges and curved corners so it doesn’t curl or cause you to trip? Or that it’s available with either a black or OHSA-accepted yellow border? Or that its surface is slip-resistant, resistant to oil and grease, and even dissipates static electricity to make your job safer and avoid those nasty static ‘snaps’ on cold days?

Nah, you expect all that. Because, well, that’s what you expect from us, and we’re glad to keep improving our mats to make your life better.

But we recently had another thought: What if people actually appreciated their mats more than we realized? What if they took a moment to actually notice their mats, and shot a photo of how their mats looked – old mats, new mats, colorful mats, boring mats, whatever mats they had lying around?

And what if they – or, more accurately, you – then sent those photos to us, to post here on our website? We’d share your photo of your mat with the world, so other people could see how clean your mat is, or see how much abuse you’d heaped on your mat, or see how much better – or worse – your mat looked than theirs. And we’d be glad to do that, because, while we make a lot of things for people, we’re proud of our plastic mats, and we’re especially proud of the way they help make you happy, day after day.

So, here’s to the humble rubber mat, and here’s to all the ways you use and abuse your mat. Now, get out your smart phone and send us a picture of the mat that you ignore every day.

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