Recycling. It's in our own hands.
“2018 was the year that Britain woke up to recycling. 2019 is the year we’re taking action.” – Recycle Week by WRAP 23rd – 29th September.
From Greta Thunberg to Our Planet and Sir David Attenborough’s famous Glastonbury speech – environmental concerns have never been so front of mind for the nation. It’s estimated that by 2050 there’ll be more plastic in the sea than fish; and consumers are beginning to wake up and take notice.
Recycling isn’t a new concept. During WWII, aluminium foil balls could be exchanged for movie tickets; as all spare aluminium was vital to the defence effort. In fact, aluminium is more valuable than any other item in the recycling bin and can be forever melted down and reformed without losing any quality. That’s why nearly 75% of all aluminium produced is still in use today; as it’s one of the most recycled and recyclable materials in the market. It also requires 95% less energy to recycle aluminium than producing it from bauxite; so here at Garnalex, we’re ensuring every bit of scrap is collected to be reformed and reused.
We’ve chosen aluminium as our material of choice, not just for its recyclability, but for its longevity in situ. Aluminium windows have a life span that’s almost twice that of PVC-U windows and are without the up-keep of timber. This is of importance, as the British Standard for Durability suggests the average life of a building in the housing, health and education sector is around 60 years; thus reducing the volumes of waste disposal and the possibility of elements ending up in landfill.
If we all do our bit, we can leave a cleaner and more sustainable earth for the future generations.