TPR v Concrete
23rd April 2015
TPR – an alternative to concrete?
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The earth’s natural resources are not finite, and yet consumers are placing spiralling demands raw materials.
Manufacturing consumes energy and many produce pollutants. One of the worst is the manufacture of cement which accounts for a high percentage of the world’s CO2 production (see the infographic). Buildings are using a more and more cement in their production and our government is calling for more building.
Not only are we extracting raw materials at an alarming rate, we are piling our waste back into the earth at huge landfill sites across the UK
Published results show that the UK sent 70% of post-consumer plastic to landfill in 2013, one of the worst performers in Europe. The current trend suggests that it is most unlikely that the UK will achieve the goals set by the EU. Although PET plastic (used in milk bottles) is now achieving recycling success it is the mixed polymer plastics that cannot be recycled cost effectively that is the major concern. TPR is manufactured using traceable, non-toxic mixed polymer plastics that would otherwise be sent to landfill. The innovative manufacturing process does not require the high energy input generally associated with recycling plastic which is why it is supported by the Carbon Trust.