6 Green Materials
Whether it’s colder winters, non-existent summers, or pollution that’s got you wanting to make an environmental change to your lifestyle, it doesn’t matter. What’s important is that you want to make the change. Taking small steps towards becoming more environmentally friendly is exactly what the world and our planet needs. Here are a few materials that are green.
1. Bamboo fibre:
Bamboo fibre is made from the pulp of bamboo grass. When made organically, it is actually stronger then most textile fibres, and as a result, lasts much longer. Bamboo fibres has become an increasingly popular eco fibre. In addition to being natural, bamboo fibre can also be harvested quickly.
Cork forests provide a wooded grassland habitat which houses at least 42 bird species and 60 plant species. Cork is a natural, renewable resource. It is biodegradable and environmentally friendly. Cork used in wine bottles accounts for the vast majority of the industry’s income. With cork being replaced by plastic wine stoppers the industry is under quite a serious threat.
Felt comes from recycled wool. It can also be made by matting, condensing and pressing organic fibres while they are wet. There are many legends associated with the creation of felt. My favourite is the story of Saint Clement and Saint Christopher who fled from persecution, packed their sandals with wool and then sweat through it, creating felt.
Cardboard is an easy one to recycle because we all use it and need it. Instead of going out and buying new cardboard every time you need a box, why not take care of the cardboard and have it around for next time? A lot of commonly used products like coasters, speakers, and journals are now being made of cardboard.
5. Silicone glass fabric:
Silicone glass fabric is made of silicon derivatives, it is entirely recyclable, and has a much longer lifespan than alternative fabrics. This means that structures using this fabric require fewer replacements. Silicone glass cloth is flexible, easily bonded, and an excellent heat resistant.
6. Recycled paper:
Like cardboard, this is an easy one. Saving old paper that is still in decent condition is a great way to reduce waste. Increasingly big and small companies are printing documents on both sides of the page and using recycled paper internally. There are many companies that make new paper out of recycled materials. At the moment the cost of this is more expensive then non-recycled paper, but the environmental benefits are worth it.
If everyone made a small contribution to the environmental welfare of the world we’d all be living longer, healthier, more comfortable lives.
Fabric Architecture Ltd has been specialising in the design, engineering, manufacture and installation of tensile fabric structures since 1984. Learn more about silicone glass fabrics at http://www.fabricarchitecture.com/about-fabric/going-green
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