Ensuring that your products and materials are environmentally friendly is incredibly important nowadays. In a world where pollution is such a huge issue, manufacturers and companies should be looking toward products that are both cost effective and eco-friendly.
GRP is one of the most popular and cost effective materials out there but is it environmentally friendly?
Toxins and smoke clouds
One of the biggest problems in manufacturing is the creation of harmful by-products when producing materials. It’s these by-products that add to air pollution and create a more toxic environment for all.
One of the benefits of choosing GRP over other materials, such as aluminium or steel, is that it doesn’t create huge smoke clouds or other toxic air pollutants. Unfortunately, most metals tend to have huge implications on the environment and because of the air pollution created during manufacture, they simply aren’t eco-friendly enough.
Compared to other materials, the production of GRP is exceptionally benign. This is because the production of base resins and fibre rovings just do not have the same environmental impact as metals like steel. Like most synthetic materials, the resin used to make GRP comes from a petroleum by-product.
Is GRP sustainable?
There’s a long standing argument about the sustainability of plastics because some are more damaging to the environment than others. PVA and PVC plastics have a particularly bad reputation, as they tend to break down very quickly in outdoor environments. Whilst on the surface this may seem like a positive thing, it can actually be quite damaging as the product absorbs into the earth, eventually polluting the ground.
Conversely, the resins in GRP are much stronger than other plastics. This means they will not break down in the same way and can therefore be seen as a more sustainable option. Many GRP products have a lifespan on over 50 years and in some cases over 100 years. This is not only better for the environment but for businesses budget’s too.
What can businesses do to improve their environmental impact?
If your company is interested in using GRP products but still wants to continue its sustainability efforts, there are a few things you can do.
- Firstly, you can make a promise to only trade and deal with other businesses that are serious about improving their environmental impact and can prove their commitment to sustainability.
- Secondly, you can educate staff members about the environmental impact of their work and teach them how to work in a more eco-friendly manner.
- Finally, you can continually assess the methods, products and packing your company is using to ensure they are the most eco-friendly options within your budget.
There are many things you can do to reduce your company’s environmental impact but choosing GRP over other, less eco-friendly materials is a good start.