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Consumer Tips: Choosing sustainable products

Consumer Tips: Choosing sustainable products

Aug 7, 2015

Did you know that aluminium is one of the “greenest’ products you can use? As more and more people become aware of using sustainable products in all areas of their lives, it’s time to start choosing wisely – thereby encouraging building companies and manufacturers to opt for planet-friendly products too.

Aluminium is lightweight, strong and versatile, and products made from it can lower energy costs and carbon emissions in a variety of applications. Ecospecifier.com – where you can find a list of leading certified, verified sustainable products and the companies that manufacture them – says that aluminium consistently has among the highest negative environmental and health impacts.

Also called the “infinitely recyclable” metal, aluminium has always been a green building material, offering the attributes architects and builders want in a sustainable building, including durability throughout its long life cycle, structural strength and no loss of quality during the recycling process.

From a green design perspective, aluminium’s reduced cost over a longer life cycle offers architects and builders a viable economical choice. Recycling aluminium benefits current and future generations by conserving energy and other natural resources, needing up to 95% less energy to recycle than to produce primary metal, thereby reducing emissions, including greenhouse gases.

In its “infinite recyclability”, some 75% of the almost one billion tonnes of aluminium ever produced is still in productive use today.

If you’re building a home, speak to your architect and builder to see how much of your build can use this incredibly strong and green-friendly material. You can also help the cause by making sure all your aluminium cans get recycled – and appear one day as something else entirely, but as strong as the day it was produced!

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