Earth Day is around the corner. What better way to celebrate than by committing to sustainable products? We all know the importance of preserving our planet and minimizing our carbon footprint. But did you know it can also benefit your construction business in many ways?
Sustainability and its Growing Importance
Let’s start with the basic definition. Sustainable products are made from renewable resources and have a minimal environmental impact.
As the world becomes more aware of the need to protect the environment, these products are becoming increasingly popular. There are many reasons why sustainability is essential. For one, it helps to preserve our planet’s resources. Sustainable products are made from recycled materials, requiring less energy and water. They also generate less waste and can be reused or recycled at the end of their life cycle. Sustainability also plays a crucial role in supporting the growth of local economies. When you buy sustainable products, you are likely supporting fair labor practices and environmental protection initiatives.
Sustainability is vital in reducing our carbon footprint and making it safer for future generations. Every little bit counts when you choose sustainable products; you are making a difference. At Legacy Materials, we have committed to protecting our environment and understand the work we do today will profoundly affect the future.
Sustainable Purchases – The Benefits to Construction Business
Legacy Materials and other businesses have adopted sustainable practices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to make their products/services eco-friendly. Government regulations also require professionals to reduce their carbon footprint. This is especially applicable to construction industries, as buildings have quite the capability to be ecologically harmful. Governments are beginning to regulate materials and heavy machines to ensure builders use friendly construction equipment. But let’s return to square one and answer the question, why?
It Reduces Your Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Regarding sustainability, construction businesses have an impact quite unlike any other. One of the most important things construction businesses can do to reduce their effect is to make sustainable purchases. Purchasing products made from recycled materials or durable and long-lasting products can reduce the amount of waste produced. In addition, choosing products with low emissions during manufacturing can further reduce carbon footprints.
Lowers Utility Costs
Utility costs can significantly impact a business’s bottom line. Energy-efficient products often use less energy than their traditional counterparts and can help reduce energy bills. Sustainable products often have longer lifespans than conventional products, so they won’t need to be replaced as much.
Runoff occurs when rainwater or melting snow washes over the land and picks up debris, chemicals, and other pollutants before flowing into storm drains, lakes, or rivers. This event can have a devastating effect on local ecosystems and water supplies. Fortunately, there are several ways to minimize runoff from construction sites. One method is to use permeable pavement instead of traditional asphalt or concrete. Porous materials allow water to seep through them, reducing runoff and the pollution it carries. Another way is to install rain gardens or green roofs.
The ultimate goal of sustainable development is to balance environmental protection with economic and social development in a way that benefits all. Construction businesses that adopt sustainable practices can improve their environmental impact, save money, and create more efficient operations. For example, using recycled or reclaimed materials cuts down on waste and can be cheaper than new materials. Energy-efficient lighting and appliances can save on electricity costs and help reduce your carbon footprint.
Actions That Make Your Brand Sustainable
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. These words have been drilled into our heads since we were children. Reducing the amount of waste we produce, reusing what we can, and recycling what we can’t recycle are all great ways to be sustainable.
Sustainable living is about more than just reducing your carbon footprint. It is also about supporting brands that are committed to sustainable practices. Here are a few actions you can take to make sure your brand is sustainable:
1. Check for recycled content: Using reusable/biodegradable/recyclable materials in your construction project can reduce waste while bringing out toxic air. These materials can make your structures stronger and more efficient if used correctly.
2. Look for certifications: Some organizations offer certification labels that indicate a product meets specific sustainability criteria. All the products of Legacy Materials are Iowa Economic Development Authority Certified.
Sustainability vs. Going Green
Sustainability has become a popular buzzword in recent years as more and more people are looking for ways to live an eco-friendlier lifestyle. While “going green” is often thought of as the same thing as being sustainable, there are some critical differences between the two concepts.
Sustainability involves creating a system that compels renewable resources and recycled materials to reduce waste. Going green is focused on reducing your environmental impact through simple changes like recycling or using energy-efficient appliances.
At Legacy Materials, we have committed to protecting our environment. We focus on sustainability and make strides to better our community. Commit to sustainability with us and celebrate Earth Day year-round by choosing Legacy Materials for your next construction project.