As COVID-19 cases increase across the globe, lockdowns in certain countries have contributed in part to a drop in pollution. However, it has also led to the delay or abandonment of environmentally sustainable programmes worldwide. Assisting this challenge, Evalution Flooring, a luxury vinyl tile (LVT) flooring supplier, is embarking on a sustainability project. As the first of its kind in South Africa, it will enable the LVT flooring industry to have zero waste to landfill.
Creating eco-bricks from waste
Eva Kaiser, founder of Evalution Flooring, says Evalution has joined forces with Recycle 4 Africa Waste Management (R4AWM) to recycle offcut and uplift materials, transforming them into eco-bricks, pavers and other re-usable products using containerised waste management units. She says the first unit has been provided by R4AWM and set up at the Grandwest Hotel Complex.
The unit works when waste is put into one side of the machine to be pulverised, heated, mixed and blended. A binder is added to the mixture, which is poured into moulds that are cast into blocks or pavers. The container is equipped with technology to convert non-recyclable or contaminated waste into enviro pavers and blocks. A heat box and mixing system are included in the container to remove bacteria.
Turning your waste into an income
According to Kaiser, the containerised waste management units convert waste into viable building products, transforming waste from every industry into an income for clients. She says all industries generating waste should take advantage of eco-bricks, which can be used to build strong, sustainable single-storey structures, water features and countertops, but the uses are limitless.
“These units can uplift communities, who can lease the units or obtain a grant to buy one. It’s important that we take this opportunity to clean up our environment and reduce landfill sites. With our containerised waste management units, landfill sites can be reduced, ensuring cleaner environments, better air quality, long-term business opportunities and a suitable income in our communities,” says Kaiser.
Width – M40
Depth – 14 cm
Height – 19cm
Weight – 7.5 kg
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