So what does painting and pollution have in common? Lots.
First, when paint get’s old and falls apart it’s taken to the landfill. There it sits. For a very very long time. This is unnatural and can harm the environment. Chemicals in the paint can seep into under water supplies. Trees and plants have difficulty growing and rooting in paint. So the less we put in our landfill the greener our earth will be. So the question becomes how do we keep paint out of the landfill?
Better technology. Paint has advanced over the years. New innovations have given it new life. Longer life. Stronger and flexible. BSI is one such variation. This new paint is made from recyclable materials and last way longer. So when it does finally crumble it will be recycled into new paint instead of make it’s way to the landfill.
Another advancement called Ductile uses steal hairs to make it last even longer than BSI. So even less into the landfill.
These are just the tip of the iceberg for what a paint contractor can do to reduce pollution. I did a search online for painters in Pittsburgh to see what random contractors were doing, if anything, to reduce pollution. It seems most painter contractors have not yet come around, but some have like these painters Pittsburgh. Maybe it’s the cost of these new technologies. Maybe its lack of getting the word out.
Hope you enjoyed this post. Unit we meet again remember to go green or go home.
You may be thinking, “What the heck does a home inspector have to do with pollution reduction?”
I’ve given this some thought and did some research.
Home builders sometimes take shortcuts in their work. These shortcuts are intended to reduce costs to increase profits.
But sometimes these shortcuts include hazardous materials! Things such as asbestos, radon and lead paint!
Now granted, there are checks for these things, but sometimes things get over looked. Sometimes things slip through the cracks.
That’s where our hero comes in. The home inspector.
You as a buyer (or seller) should hire a profession home inspector to check for these hazardous materials before buying (or selling) a home.
This does two things. First, it sheds light on the culprit. Hopefully putting an end to their pollution. Two, it insures that no one is harmed from these horrible materials.
I dug around and did some searches in different places to see if any inspectors looked for such things.
I search for “home inspection grand prairie” and discovered that in fact they do! In fact, most inspectors are trained on this very topic when they get there certifications.
So do your part to shine a light on pollution when buying/selling a home.
That’s all for this episode folks. Remember to recycle!
So you may be wondering, “How bad is concrete for the environment?”
Well, that depends. Some environmental effects of concrete are harmful. Others, actually beneficial.
So what’s a concrete Billings contractor to do?
First let’s talk about the bad. Then we’ll get into what you can do about it.
Fact. The cement industry is a top producer of the bad boy carbon dioxide. What’s that?
Well that my friend is a potent greenhouse gas. That’s bad juju.
Fact. Concrete reeks havoc on topsoil. This is the fertile layer of the Earth. Where green stuff grows. Not good.
So what can you do to help alleviate some of these problems with concrete hurting our environment?
For starters, follow environmentally friendly business practices for concrete like concrete recycling.
You’re going to run into lots of demolition jobs. That demolition contains broken down concrete. Instead of shipping it to a landfill, recycle it.
All you have to do is get all the crap like trash, wood, paper and things out of the mix and then put it through a crushing machine.
Don’t have one? Someone does. Find a recycle company near bye.
Guess what? All that rebar can be recycled too. So get going! You’ll feel better knowing your demolition is not damaging our Earth.
You can even use that in your advertising! Win win.
So we’ve talked about a few ways that concrete is messing with our planet. Then we talked about steps you can take as a concrete contractor to help reduce pollution by recycling concrete and rebar from your demolition projects.
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