Taking place every year on April 22, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. SD Sealants is proud to demonstrate its support for environmental protection by encouraging the construction sector to repair items instead of replacing them, so that far less waste goes to landfill.
The construction and building sector has a reputation for a lack of environmental concern. Shockingly, construction alone creates an estimated third of the world’s overall waste and at least 40% of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions.*
However, there are big changes afoot. Many businesses are focusing attention on reducing their level of waste and changing their management approach to waste minimisation.
One way the sector can achieve waste reduction and become more environmentally friendly is by simply repairing items instead of replacing them.
Why is reducing construction waste so important?
When replacement items are needed, they must be manufactured, using energy as well as scarce resources, and transported often across large distances, which results in increased carbon emissions. Not only that, but with problems in supply chains being an increasing concern, replacing broken or damaged items can cause delays in the construction process and result in additional costs to a build.
A greener solution: cosmetic repair
There are a number of advantages to cosmetic repair, which make it a more eco-friendly alternative when damages occur.
Given the destructive nature of working on construction sites, it’s inevitable that there is damage along the way – be that damaged bathrooms, scratched units or a broken door frame. In some circumstances, items are simply subject to the wear and tear of everyday use. This leaves workers with two options: a whole replacement or cosmetic repair.
There is an extraordinarily broad range of surfaces and one of the most common types of cosmetic repairs is the reconstruction of worktops and kitchen units. But almost any interior or exterior surface can be repaired including plastic, metal, ceramic or enamel, stone, brick, marble, glass and wood. Cosmetic repair technicians can repair a damaged surface in situ rather than ripping out the broken article and sending it off to landfill, which can often save significant time, money and materials
How SD can help
The SD team are industry leaders in cosmetic repair. Our highly trained cosmetic building repairers offer a complete surface repair service, even restoring the most heavily damaged items back to their original state. They can repair almost any surface in the built environment from plastic, wood and laminate to ceramic, metal and brick. Beyond repairing damaged surfaces, finishers are trained to match colours and recreate intricate surface patterns such as marble, wood-grain and granite by hand.
As we move forward, there is increasing recognition that we all have a responsibility and duty to do all we can to reduce, reuse and recycle wherever possible. The construction industry has a vital role to play here and it is clear there are plenty of ways to make less of an environmental impact.