.As the worst storm of all time continues to cause chaos throughout the Caribbean, now is a more important time than ever to be addressing the causes and effects of climate change and global warming. As consumers, we should be looking at the ecological effects of our actions and what we can be doing as individuals to aid in our own, as well as global environmental sustainability.
When everyday projects are concerned, such as home and garden renovation, it’s difficult to ensure sustainability as these tasks have the potential to use a large amount of resources. However, there are many ways in which we can all make small changes and invest in alternatives to become more sustainable when renovating our home and garden. You’ll be surprised to see there are many positives to switching to sustainable methods far beyond the ecological benefits.
What are the alternatives to natural resources?
There are many effective and sustainable alternatives to natural resources available for home and garden renovation. In this article, let’s take a look at the advantages of using WPC (wood/polythene composite), a sustainable alternative to using real wood that many people are now making the decision to switch to. This re-uses products that would otherwise go straight into landfill, providing the materials with value by recycling them into a life long product, which could then again be recycled in the future.
The first benefit of investing in an alternative to natural resources is that it looks great, and stays that way. WPC decking for outdoor renovation is a common choice as it is recycled, sustainably sourced and over three times more durable than timber. Not only is it more ecologically friendly though, but it’s also reversible and can be fitted with a smooth or grooved finish to suit the design of the outdoor space during your renovation.
For example, EnviroBuild’s wood-polymer composite cladding is made from 60% recycled wood and 40% recycled High Density Polyethylene, so suits the needs of a sustainable option during renovation. Unlike natural wood however, the appearance doesn’t change throughout the seasons and leaves can be easily brushed off when they build up over Autumn. As sustainable options become increasingly more popular, we’re seeing a growth in a wider choice in WPC options, with a variety of ranges and colours ranging from oak, walnut to granite and stone.
Switching to ecologically friendly alternatives goes beyond the sustainability factors in the renovation process itself. Traditional wooden decking typically lasts around 10 years and requires nasty maintenance chemicals to sustain the same look, whereas WPC surfaces are ‘non-slip’ and can be cleaned using only warm water and soap, and there are no splinters. The chemicals needed to treat traditional wooden surfaces are not always environmentally friendly themselves and cannot be guaranteed to be ethically sourced, so this brings up ecological questions within itself.
It proves very expensive to be forking out money to sustain the look of traditional wood and protect against splinters, rot and decay. Alternative sustainable options such as WPC have a lifespan of 30 years, without the need for maintenance against these problems, providing a significant saving in the long run. If you compare this to something that needs treating every 12 months, you can really see the investment in sustainability.
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