An estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic is dumped into the ocean annually, amounting to one garbage truck of plastic being dumped into our oceans every minute!
No doubt, a more environmentally-conscience approach to construction and manufacturing is needed. It is comforting to learn that Harvey Roofing Products (a division of the Macsteel Group) has developed a new high-tech roof tile manufactured from 98% waste material.
The Harvey EcoTile® will be able to eliminate 29 million used two-litre plastic milk bottles from landfill sites in South Africa, as each tile uses the equivalent of 3,8 recycled bottles and is 100% recyclable. In addition, the product input does not require any water resource – an increasingly scarce commodity in South Africa.
Lightweight and strong
Engineered from a mineral polymer blend, the EcoTile® is a superior alternative to heavier clay or concrete roof tiles. Harvey Roofing Products’ general manager for sales and marketing, Albie Jordaan, says the EcoTile® has been developed to outperform conventional clay/concrete tiles in every way and is four times stronger, yet three times lighter, than concrete tiles.
“This makes it possible to transport four times more EcoTiles® as opposed to conventional roof tiles, limiting transportation costs. We estimate that breakages can be reduced by up to 10%, and more importantly, endless maintenance on horizontal roof ridges will be a thing of the past.”
Locally sourced plastic
Another major benefit is that the recycled plastic will be sourced from community projects, creating much-needed community employment and upliftment.
Product testing including fire resistance, wind uplifting and accelerated weathering has been completed; and Harvey Roofing Products estimates full-scale production will commence at year-end of 2020.
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