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World Environment Day 2021 – what difference can cosmetic repair make?

04th June 2021

The construction industry is responsible for over 120m tonnes of waste every year – around a third of all UK waste. With every new residential area or commercial unit that is built, there are naturally a high number of units, surfaces and fittings that suffer some cosmetic damage during the building phase.

But whether it’s a new development or a long-standing historic building, the impact of disposing of damaged furniture and interiors has huge consequences for the environment.

That’s where cosmetic repair comes in. Cosmetic Repair technicians help combat further damage to the environment by using products and techniques that repair damaged surfaces in situ, rather than ripping them out and replacing them.

From a sustainability standpoint, repairing is far more environmentally friendly and means that far less waste is going to the landfill with each new construction project.

Replacement items have to be manufactured, using energy as well as scarce resources and increasing carbon emissions during transportation. Not only that, but replacing broken or damaged fittings can often be a costly option, especially if you factor in disruption to the project and potential delays on top of the cost of a new counter or door.

Compare this to repairing an item, where carbon emissions are reduced by not having to make another product, by not having to transport it from wherever it is manufactured, and by not having to have it fitted – the difference can be monumental.

The same can be said not just in construction but in our own lives – buying new goods all the time can be energy intensive.  The website “Fix it-Don’t replace it” uses an iPhone as an example of this, where 85% of its lifecycle’s carbon footprint is from manufacturing the phone, and another 3% from shipping it, rather than from its actual daily use.*

Whether it’s at home or within construction, repairing items rather than replacing them makes a huge difference to the amount of waste being dumped at the landfill.

The SD technicians can repair almost any surface in the built environment from plastic, glass, wood and laminate to ceramic, metal, brick and marble. Beyond repairing damaged surfaces, finishers are trained to match colours and recreate intricate surface patterns such as marble, wood-grain and granite by hand.

Our fully qualified and highly trained cosmetic building repairers offer a complete surface repair service, and even the most heavily damaged items can be restored to their original state.

Don’t hesitate to get in contact to discuss your needs here or find out more about our cosmetic repairs service.

 

*https://www.apple.com/environment/reports/docs/iPhone6_PER_Sept2014.pdf

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