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LizzieWeakley posted a blog entry in Lizzie Weakley's Green BlogIf you’re like most business owners, you’re always on the lookout for ways to save your business money. Maybe you’ve even wondered if there is a way to reduce your company’s carbon footprint. Fortunately, there are materials that allow you to meet both your savings and your environmental goals. They are recycled materials. Here’s a look at four of them. Recycled Timber Recycled timber usually comes from sources, like factories, bridges, demolished buildings and so forth. Companies use this material to make flooring, decking, benches, shutters and more. However, construction companies can also use them to building frames for homes, staircases or retaining walls. This is a very versatile material that looks beautiful. Bionic Yarn Bionic Yarn is a material that’s made from plastic waste materials from the world’s oceans. It has been woven into a sturdy yet lightweight yarn that can be used for a number of purposes. Businesses that manufacture automobile interiors, clothing, footwear, housewares, (including decorative objects, like pillows or curtains) and luggage and bags have used this yarn to create some stunning pieces. In all actuality, the list of Bionic Yarn’s uses extends even beyond what’s touched on here. Recycled Plastics According to Readers Digest, the uses for recycled plastic run the gamut. Companies use recycled plastics to make beauty product containers or plant holders. Other companies use it to create decking materials. Still other manufacturers create toys made from 100% recycled plastics. Recycled Metal The construction industry utilizes scrap metal quite a lot for projects, like bridges and roads. It also plays a big role in transportation and automobile manufacturing. Some appliances makers turn to recycled metal as well to create their wares. These and other types of businesses use this resource because it’s cheaper than most “new” metal. In fact, it’s so useful and economical that some people in the industry have suggested that all metal products should be designed so that they can be recycled easily. Using recycled material is a cheap and efficient way that many businesses save money on their manufacturing costs. It’s clear that just about anything you need to manufacture can be made from materials found in the scrap yard so to speak. It has also been shown that the recycling industry creates more than 1.25 million jobs. All in all, using recycled materials in your manufacturing allows you to meet your business and environmental goals in one fell swoop.
The roofing on a house is arguably one of the most important features. The quality of the materials chosen will either protect against weather and insect damage, or leave a home vulnerable to costly repairs. Roofing can also be used to make a house more eco-friendly. Properly chosen and installed, roofing can cut down on the environmental impact of a home, from the production stage of materials to the amount of energy a house uses daily. There are hundreds of products to choose from, and narrowing them down can take some time. Here are a few options to consider in several different price ranges. http://homedesignlover.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/7-green-roof.jpg 1. Metal Roofing Metal roofing one of the most affordable, eco-friendly options for roofing. It is durable, low maintenance, and relatively inexpensive to have installed. One product that is popular in the Australian market is Colorbond roofing. It comes in many different colors and choosing a light color will help keep the roof cool. Colorbond is produced to withstand the weather and insect life specific to Australia. As with any roofing the color will begin to fade over time. However, rather than having to replace the entire roof (as you might with asphalt shingles) you can simply have a professional repaint the steel roofing. Roof painting should be done by a professional as they are best equipped to provide an even, well-blended finish. Here you can read about the stages of roof painting: http://www.myroofline.com.au/roof-painting.html 2. Recycled Materials The pricing on recycled roofing materials can vary widely. One option is to use synthetic tiles made from recycled postindustrial waste. This helps prevent waste from ending up in a landfill, and many of these synthetic tiles are also recyclable. That means that when it comes time to replace the roof, the materials can be recycled rather than thrown in the rubbish. Recycled synthetic roofing tiles tend to be a fairly affordable option for most homeowners as well. Another option for recycled roofing is terracotta tiles. These tiles are beautiful, and can be made from old pavers, bricks, or roofing tiles. They do tend to be more costly and they add quite a lot of weight to a roof. Before installation, it is important to make sure the underlying supports can withstand the extra weight. Chipped or cracked tiles will need to be replaced periodically, and old tiles can be recycled. 3. Green Roofs Green roofs are a trend that is catching on in Australia. They consist of installing a lip around an existing, generally flat, roof. From there, a waterproof membrane is installed along with a root barrier. Finally, plants are used to cover the roof, providing excellent insulation. They also create much needed greenspace in urban areas. The cost of installing a green roof is fairly high, and there is a bit of upkeep to them as well. It is also very important to check that your local area can support the water needed to maintain a green roof as many areas in Australia have a limited supply of freshwater. That said, they are an attractive and extremely eco-friendly option for roofing. For more information on green roofs follow the link below: http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-science/green-rooftop.htm