Katie Allen, Jesi Lay, Allison Miller, Erin White, Alex Wilson
Chip Incorporated will create a value-added mulch product in the form of “mulch tiles” using a native Oklahoma invasive species, Eastern Redcedar (Juniperus virpiniana L.), to have a more practical and efficient use of mulch.
Chip Incorporated will impact the wood mulch industry by developing an easier, more efficient way to package, ship, and landscape wood mulch.
Scope of Work
Chip Incorporated’s goal was to focus on establishing a process to create a mulch tile. The mulch tile needed to meet a set of criteria. The mulch tile would break apart and appear more natural looking after water had penetrated the surface. In addition, Chip Incorporated wanted to create the mulch tile out of native Oklahoma materials and keep it free of synthetic chemicals. Chip Incorporated, after consulting with Dr. Hiziroglu, a professor in the Natural Resource and Ecology Management department at Oklahoma State University, made the decision to produce the mulch tiles by using a heat press that is most commonly used to create composite panels.