Across all the various types of surfacing, rubber soft-fall is perhaps, considered one of the most environmental friendly flooring. This is because most of the rubber soft-fall are made from shredded tyres that are bonded together with the use of glue. Occasionally, bark chips are also instilled into soft-fall but similarly, those materials were recycled from trees or other agricultural by-products. As a result, the manufacturing process bares no harm to the environment.
The use of recycled materials during production means that an effort had shown towards achieving sustainability as it minimised the use of natural resources or virgin ingredients via extraction. Thus, reducing the amount of energy and water usage and lessen air emissions at the same time; thereby decreasing the amount of waste that are eventually produced to landfill. Use of recycled materials also ensure that the production cost is kept minimal, hence, users will not have to invest on a large sum while getting soft-fall installed.
Despite all these, if prospective users will like to achieve 100% environmental friendliness during rubber soft-fall installation, it is also important to specify the use of recycled content to the engaged company. This is because currently, not all parts of the rubber soft-fall is made up of recycled materials, some bolder colours content are not extracted from retired tyres. Therefore, it is still recommended to enquire on the range of colours, textures, softness, and materials before making the final decision.
Moreover, while engaging a company, it is also beneficial to find out their history of using recycled materials. Besides, also find out similar information from the suppliers. There are more and more companies who declared themselves as environmental friendly so as to attract potential customers but most of the time, they may not conform to the national standards, neither were they using materials coming from highest possible recycled content. The best way to overcome this is to hire local supplier and company.
Beware that the most sustainable materials tend to have the following features – bearing highest possible recycled content, often locally sourced, and companies are able to demonstrate good environmental management skills. Some prospective users are afraid of the high cost incur from the use of recycled materials. In fact, cost of recycled products are comparable to non-recycled ones or sometimes cheaper because they are not succumbed to the demand and supply of fresh materials.
Nevertheless, it is always a healthy practice to engage in environmental friendly acts or materials. While benefitting ourselves, we shall also not disappoint the Earth who remains home to our population many generations to come.