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Garden Planters & Sustainable Design

Sustainable Design and American Craftsmen set
DeepStream Designs Garden Planters apart

DeepStream Designs’ mission is to provide alternative products with a timeless design that are engineered and constructed so that they will endure for generations, reducing the impact on the earth’s resources, and providing the lowest cost of ownership over time.  We are philosophically opposed to building cheap products that will be thrown away in a couple of years, or will end up costing our customers more over time.

Crafted to Endure

Why are DeepStream Designs’ Mariner Planters different from the “knocked together” ones you see falling apart everywhere?

Longevity: Classic modern design engineered for the lowest life-cycle cost of any wooden planter never goes out of style.

Frameless Design: DeepStream’s proprietary marine-anodized legs and Anti-Gravity frame system contain and direct the incredible differential forces wood creates when it expands and contracts in the rain and sun, delivering decades of attractive service.  Wood that is bolted or screwed together will tear itself apart in time as each piece expands and contacts at different rates, because they come from different trees and parts of trees.

Customization: Mariner and Audubon legs are available in various shapes that allow us to quickly build modular planters of infinite dimensions in any rectilinear configuration. They can also be single-sided to reduce costs. While standard leg heights are 21”, 31”, and 42”, they are available up to 144”.

DeepStream Designs’ lightweight 800′ multi-section planter

Construction: DeepStream products are manufactured by American craftsmen, using yacht-building techniques and materials, and allow for damaged pieces to be replaced at the manufacturer’s direct cost via our unique “Core Replacement Program.” Proprietary dielectric paste prevents the stainless steel fasteners from seizing in the aluminum legs for decades of access. Proprietary copper treatment of any closed holes in the wood enhances the tropical hardwood’s natural qualities to prevent wood rot for decades.

Better planting environment with less weight: Your plants will grow better with less soil volume in many difficult sunny locations, because our planter-within-a-planter design prevents the root ball from overheating. Our design ensures that the sides of the liner holding the root ball are never exposed to the direct sunlight, which can steam a root ball that is uninsulated by a thick, heavy layer of soil. The outer planter box also hides drip irrigation lines, and provides for better controlled drainage, which is an important design consideration for balconies and roof decks.

Integration:  Part of an integrated system that includes recycling and trash bins, wall systems, and signage, DeepStream Designs planters allow Architects and Landscape Architects to meet their clients’ goals with seamless plans, delivering cost effective solutions to a vital aspect of their projects’ sustainable design goals.

Isolation: We avoid the damaging contact with the ground and the planting material that you see in other planters by using molded recycled plastic liners that will never leak, and that prevent the soil from coming into contact with the wood. Our HDPE plastic feet also prevent contact between the legs and the ground or standing water, preventing galvanic deterioration of the finish.

Materials: Stainless steel fasteners, marine-anodized 6063-T5 aluminum, 3/4” solid tropical hardwood planking, recyled plastic planking and high-density plastics that not only last for decades, but also allow for a more elegant and modern design.

Value: DeepStream sells direct with pricing based on volume, and has very low overhead. This allows us to use the best materials and pay a living wage to American craftsmen, while ensuring that our customer is getting the lowest lifecycle cost for their project and the planet.

Green: DeepStream is committed to doing its part to save the planet by using recycled or easily recyclable materials. Our engineering and materials selections ensure that the products will last as long as possible, breaking the “throw-away” cycle, and protecting the earth’s resources. For every planter we build, even if it is from plastic lumber made from recycled milk bottles, we plant 50 trees in our customer’s name through Trees for the Future. For each recycler we build, we plant 100 trees.

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Sustainable Design creating Recycling & Trash Bins

DeepStream Designs’ mission is to provide alternative products with a timeless design that are engineered and constructed so that they will endure for generations, reducing the impact on the earth’s resources, and providing the lowest cost of ownership over time.

We are philosophically opposed to building cheap products that will be thrown away in a couple of years, or will end up costing our customers more over time.

Modern Designer Double Recycling Bin 3Form panels

Modern Designer Double Recycling Bin 3Form panels

Modern Hotel Double Recycling Bin

Modern Hotel Double Recycling Bin

 

Sustainable design principles run deep at DeepStream Designs’ and help to create Recycling and Trash Bins that met these criteria while helping business strengthen their brands image and customer relationship experience by placing artful recycling and trash bin into more prominate locations .

DeepStreamDesign recycled plastic lumber modern triple stream recycling bin

DeepStreamDesign recycled plastic lumber modern triple stream recycling bin

Longevity: Classic modern design, engineered for the lowest lifecycle cost of any recycling or trash bin, never goes out of style.  DeepStreams’ attractive bins are not an expense, they are an investment in y0ur brand image underwritten by a reduction in your maintenance budget and long term capital depreciation costs.  Replaceable parts make them last virtually forever and make updating the look as easy as sliding in new decorative panels.

Ipe Wood Double Hotel Recycling Bin

Ipe Wood Double Hotel Recycling Bin

Modular Frame Design:  DeepStream’s proprietary marine-anodized Audubon frame system allows recycling and trash bins to be constructed without welds that break, and makes replacing parts in the field by untrained maintenance workers quick work with a screwdriver and an Allen key should they inadvertently become damaged.

Modern wood triple recycling bin

Modern wood triple recycling bin

Modular design, custom stainless steel lids and engraved labels means that recycling bins can be made for single to quad-stream use and meet any recycling regulations in your area.

DeepStreamDesign recycler badges

DeepStreamDesign recycler badges

Whether recycling or trash bin, top loading or side access, all bins are made with a sanitary grid, in place of the normal floor pan, to support leak-proof commercial grade recycled plastic inner liners, so there is nothing to leak or catch waste, thus preventing pest infestations.

large wood exterior wood trash bin

large wood exterior wood trash bin

large wood exterior wood trash bin

large wood exterior wood trash bin

large wood exterior trash bin

large wood exterior trash bin

Side panels can be created of virtually any material which is less than ½” thick, even fabric or photographs.  Thicker material can be used if the edge can be routed, even stone.  This allows recycling to be integrated seamlessly into more areas of your property, camouflaging bins or even bringing greater attention to them.  Directional signage and employee changeable messages or graphics are easily accommodated.  Each panel can be made from different materials, allowing for low-cost panels to be used for backs and sides that will not be viewed when the bin is in place.

DeepStreamDesigns Copper-composite panel

DeepStreamDesigns Copper-composite panel

Ginko 3Form Panel

Ginko 3Form Panel

large modern hotel triple stream recycling bin

large modern hotel triple stream recycling bin

Materials:  The materials used in our designs (marine-anodized aluminum, stainless steel and HDPE) allow for use in salty, wet marine environments, and all are easily recyclable.  Commercial-grade interior bins are replaceable and are themselves made with recycled plastic.

Stainless Steel hinges, mounting feet, and marine aluminum push flap

Stainless Steel hinges, mounting feet, and marine aluminum push flap

While almost any material can be used for the decorative side panels, DeepStream works with clients to choose materials appropriate for the environmental conditions in which the bins will be placed.  There are many materials to choose from, including recycled resin panels made by 3Form and other companies that use natural and recycled materials as design components.

large modern exterior combination trash and recycling bin

large modern exterior combination trash and recycling bin

exterior combination trash and recycling bin

exterior combination trash and recycling bin

DeepStreamDesign's modern combination trash and recycling bin

DeepStreamDesign’s modern combination trash and recycling bin

DeepStreamDesign's modern combination trash and recycling bin 3Form Tigerthatch panel

DeepStreamDesign’s modern combination trash and recycling bin 3Form Tigerthatch panel

DeepStreamDesigns 3Form recycled blue glass modern trash bin

DeepStreamDesigns 3Form recycled blue glass modern trash bin

Our heavy-duty construction even allows the use of wood panels in bins placed outside as the frame components contain and direct the incredible differential forces wood creates when it expands and contracts in the rain and sun, delivering decades of attractive service.  Wood that is bolted or screwed together will tear itself apart in time as each piece expands and contacts at different rates, because they come from different trees and parts of trees.

DeepStream wood combination Recycling and Trash bin

DeepStream wood combination Recycling and Trash bin

Lids and hinges are constructed from 16-gauge stainless steel to provide for decades of service.  Lids are supplied with a random orbital finish that hides scratches and can be refinished in the field in just minutes, providing for decades of flawless service.

DeepStreamDesign's modern combination trash and recycling bin with open lid

DeepStreamDesign’s modern combination trash and recycling bin with open lid

Customization:  Easily replaceable panels prevent design obsolescence by ensuring that your bins can be updated in the future.  Modular design means that recycling and trash bins use replaceable panels that are perfect for your project, property, or brand. Inexpensive panels can be used on sides that will not be seen when put in place to minimize materials costs.

trash and recycle bin leg and panel detail

trash and recycle bin leg and panel detail

 

modern combination trash and recycling bin 3Form Ginko panel

modern combination trash and recycling bin 3Form Ginko panel

modern exterior wood combination trash and recycling bin

modern exterior wood combination trash and recycling bin

Construction:  DeepStream products are manufactured by American craftsmen, using yacht-building techniques and materials without welding. This allows damaged pieces to be replaced at the manufacturer’s direct cost via our unique “Core Replacement Program.” Proprietary dielectric paste prevents the stainless steel fasteners from seizing in the aluminum legs for decades of replacement access. Proprietary copper treatment of any closed holes in the wood further enhances the tropical hardwood’s natural qualities to prevent wood rot for decades.

modern wood dual stream recycling bin

modern wood dual stream recycling bin

 

Isolation:  Our HDPE plastic feet prevent contact between the legs and the ground or standing water, preventing galvanic deterioration of the finish. Marine-anodized 6063 aircraft aluminum, 5086 marine aluminum, and 18-8 stainless steel fasteners will perform for decades while assembly using proprietary anti-galvanic dielectric paste ensures that components can be replaced easily for years to come while protecting the metal finish.

DeepStream modern Trash Bin with Ash receptacle

DeepStream modern Trash Bin with Ash receptacle

Value:  DeepStream sells direct with pricing based on volume and has very low overhead. This allows us to use the best materials and pay a living wage to American craftsmen, while ensuring that our customer is getting the lowest lifecycle cost for their project and the planet.

modern dual stream hotel recycling bin with 3Form "green tea"panel

modern dual stream hotel recycling bin with 3Form “green tea”panel

Green:  DeepStream is committed to doing its part to save the planet by using recycled or easily recyclable materials. Our engineering and materials selections ensure that the products will last as long as possible, breaking the “throw-away” cycle, and protecting the earth’s resources. For each recycler we build, we plant 100 trees. For every garden planter we build, even if it is from plastic lumber made from recycled milk bottles, we plant 50 trees in our customer’s name through Trees for the Future (tree.org).

modern exterior wood combination trash and recycling bin

modern exterior wood combination trash and recycling bin

Adaptability: Trash & Recycling Bin Covers

The modular nature of our products creates an adaptability factor that we consider a hallmark of our sustainable design philosophy.  Why replace when you can adapt?

An example is this cover we created for a school in California committed to recycling but also home to feisty squirrels. The “weather-proof critter cover” also works well to keep out heavy rains.  If your bin is outside and you have raccoons, you might want to order your cover and lid with a low-profile slot and hasp for a lock.   Both are an easy retrofit in the field.

Recycling bin weather cover

Recycling bin weather cover

Recycling & Trash Bin cover by DeepStream keeps rain and animals out

The hinged design is simple and robust, just like our bins.  The flap is constructed from 18-gauge stainless steel whereas the lid is 16-gauge. A robust but low profile stainless steel piano hinge attaches with flush fasteners.

The handle is a standard distance between holes so it can be replaced or customized wherever kitchen hardware is sold. If your application is near salt water or completely out in the rain, the cover, like the lid, can be ordered with the stainless steel passivated to reduce maintenance.

Trash bin weather cover

Trash bin weather cover

Trash & Recycling bin weather cover by DeepStream keeps rain and animals out

The only compromise we have found in the design is that simple care needs to be taken when opening the lid to replace the bags that line the inner bins. However, it is an intuitive maneuver to open the lid with one hand while holding and gently lowering the cover with the other hand.

Wooden Garden Planters: 7 years after

While wood-on-wood planter construction will last 3 to 5 years, DeepStream’s Mariner garden planters are engineered to last for decades, giving the lowest cost of ownership over time, and are backed with a Lifetime Structural Warranty.

If your ownership or responsibility for the building where planters will be placed will last more than five years, give serious consideration as to what it will mean in terms of cost and disruption to go back and replace or repair planters, especially on rooftops and balconies, every 3 – 5 years.

 

The Mariner test planter shown below, with only an initial waterproofing at our workshop, has been exposed to the Miami sun and rain for with no maintenance for seven years.

 

The same planter shown below after sanding .014″ off the face of the planks and re-waterproofing and wiping down the proprietary marine-anodized legs with mineral spirits.

7 year old wood planter after refinishing

Wood-on-wood planter construction uses carpentry techniques that fasten wood to wood, and planters tear themselves apart with the expansive forces that wood exerts through repeated wet and dry cycles.

Why? Each wooden plank is cut from a different part of the tree or even different trees. This means each plank has its own differential rate of expansion and warping when wetted. This makes dimensional stability using standard wood-on-wood construction in two dimensions impossible to maintain over time, and shipbuilding techniques and maintenance are far too costly for planter construction. In addition, most wood planters lack adequate isolation from the soil and the deck or sidewalk, which promotes fresh water rot.

For centuries, wood dowels have been inserted into holes drilled into rock, then soaked with water. The expansion force of the wood is thus harnessed to crack blocks off marble and granite for construction, even though the blocks are hundreds of times thicker than the thin wooden dowel.

DeepStream uses proprietary marine anodized legs and stainless steel fasteners to clamp the wood and direct the expansionary so that the wood can expand and contract at different rates without affecting the planter’s structural integrity.  The commercial grade rigid plastic liners, mounted on an independent aluminum frame, contain the soil and prevent contact between the soil and the wood.

Aluminum legs are protected and galvanically isolated from a wet deck by using plastic, HDPE, feet.  Even stainless steel fasteners are galvanically isolated by using a proprietary dielectric paste so that they may be removed easily years later to replace parts or refinish the planter easily as shown in the before and after pictures below of a 7-year-old planter that only had the original coat of factory waterproofing and no maintenance.  This “fresh” look was achieved by sanding off just.014” of the planks exterior.

Comparison of planks after sanding and before waterproofing shown below.

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The near flawless proprietary marine anodized leg, show below, after cleaning with mineral spirits.   Disassembly for sanding was easy thanks to the proprietary dielectric paste used to prevent corrosion between the stainless steel fasteners and the aluminum leg.

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Wooden Garden Bench

DeepStream’s Mariner Bench uses the principles of sustainable design and ergonomics to create this comfortable, rugged bench. Its looks complement the Mariner garden planters, or it stands out on its own.

Perfect Garden Bench

DeepStream Design Perfect Garden Bench

DeepStream Design Perfect Garden Bench

DeepStream’s bench uses the same rugged construction and carries the same Lifetime Structural Warranty as Mariner planters.

Replaceable, non-marking HDPE feet prevent damage to decks and floors, while ensuring the galvanic isolation of the marine-anodized aluminum legs, which ensures the longevity of the finish.

Each part is replaceable, and the wooden slats can be quickly and easily removed for refinishing.

4-foot bench shown, custom sizes available.