It is becoming increasingly important to mitigate the harm they cause to the planet and one of the ways that Speed Humps Australia has been working towards creating a greener tomorrow is by recycling rubber to create 2.7-meter and 3.2-meter speed humps. We would like to explain how this decision is eco-friendly.
What You Need To Know About Recycling Rubber
Although rubber is most often created as a natural material it is not necessarily a sustainable material. Rubber is one of the most common and well-known materials on the planet. Therefore, we think that it is important to follow ethical and sustainable practices when creating products with rubber. However, before we explain the benefits of recycling rubber, we would like to share with you our thoughts on rubber and its environmental impact more generally.
What Is Rubber?
Rubber — when made naturally — is sourced from the sap of a particular tree found across parts of Asia and South America. It is farmed by removing the bark from the tree and catching the sap running out. There is also synthetic rubber, which is made from synthetic materials in a lab.
Is Rubber Eco-Friendly?
The question of whether rubber is eco-friendly is an interesting one. While it certainly can be eco-friendly, it is not always eco-friendly.
Sustainable – creating new rubber may be sustainable if the producer follows sustainable and ethical practices. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Rubber farms can have poor working conditions, overuse pesticides, and do more environmental harm than good.
Biodegradable – Natural rubber is often biodegradable — although the process can take a considerable amount of time — while synthetic rubber is not often biodegradable.
Compostable – Similarly to biodegradability, most natural rubbers are compostable over long periods of time. Composting synthetic rubber has the risk of releasing harmful chemicals and materials into the environment.
What Are The Benefits Of Using Recycled Rubber?
There are many benefits that come from recycling rubber and using the material to create new environmentally friendly products.
Reusing – after recycling rubber you can reuse the material in a new way. Reusing something is one of the most eco-friendly acts you can do. Reusing rubbers means you can avoid the need to create an unnecessary amount of new rubber.
Saving energy – recycling rubber also saves a considerable amount of energy in the long run. It uses less energy to recycle rubber than it does to create new rubber.
Less landfill – When you can recycle an old rubber product and use it to create a new one you stop materials from entering landfills they did not have to. For example, countless car tyres enter landfills each year. Recycling and reusing these car tyres prevents them from taking up room in a landfill.
Reduced carbon footprint – one of the greatest benefits of using recycled rubber is that it can lower your carbon footprint. One study shows that recycling four car tyres can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 146 kilograms.
Partnering With The Experts On Road Safety
At Speed Humps Australia, we’ve spent ten years focusing on one thing: to provide one style of product, and to do it exceptionally well. We have worked tirelessly to develop specifications that do not fade or deteriorate, are easy to install, and are made from high-quality, recycled rubber for minimal environmental impact.
With just a handful of our clients around the nation including KFC, McDonalds, Westfield, Shell, various mining operations and Local Government our rumble bars, speed humps and wheel stops have been purposefully designed to truly go the distance.
As our design and production is all handled in house and supplied Australia wide, get in touch with us today to request a quote or discuss how we can help with providing a tailored solution to your unique project requirements.