Gardenhub's eco range of aggregates is perfect for those looking for greener, sustainable products which still have a wide range of uses.
This flexible range includes products made from recycled materials, for different purposes, whilst still helping gardeners – even beginners – to instantly transform their homes. Included in the range are GlassGlo's innovative selection are glass cobbles, pebbles and chippings which have been recycled from old glass TV screens which have been crushed and tumbled to create uniquely shaped and textured products which look stunning in gardens.
Another product is the Play safe recycled rubber chippings, which mimic standard stone chippings and bark but are made completely from used tyres. They are created using shreds of certain tyre types and are perfect for children's play areas because of their soft protective layer. Practically, they can be used as a long-lasting alternative to bark chippings, plus they are very easy to maintain and are 100% weather-resistant, ensuring longevity.
What makes your eco aggregates environmentally friendly?
Our products are made from various recycled and repurposed products such as smoothed glass (from old televisions), rubber (from old tyres), and seashells. They offer several environmental benefits compared to traditional aggregates, including:
Waste Reduction: By utilising recycled materials, eco aggregates help divert waste from landfills, reducing the need for new mining or extraction of raw materials. This reduces the environmental impact associated with waste disposal.
Conservation of Resources: By reusing materials that would otherwise be discarded, eco aggregates reduce the demand for virgin resources such as natural stone, gravel, and sand. This helps conserve these valuable resources, which are often extracted through energy-intensive processes with associated ecological impacts.
Energy and Emissions Savings: The production of eco aggregates typically requires less energy compared to the extraction and processing of virgin aggregates. By avoiding the need for new mining and transportation of raw materials, eco aggregates contribute to lower carbon emissions and reduced fuel consumption.
Land and Habitat Preservation: By decreasing the demand for new aggregate extraction sites, eco aggregates help protect natural habitats and reduce the disturbance of ecosystems associated with traditional quarrying activities.
Water Conservation: The manufacturing process of eco aggregates often involves less water consumption compared to traditional aggregates, which may require water-intensive washing and processing. This helps conserve water resources, especially in regions experiencing water scarcity.
Can eco aggregates be used in the same way as traditional aggregates?
Yes, eco aggregates can generally be used in the same way as traditional aggregates in various construction and building applications. Here are some common uses for eco aggregates:
Decorative Landscaping and Pathways: Eco aggregates can be used for landscaping purposes, such as creating decorative pathways, garden borders, or as a top layer for driveways. They can provide a visually appealing and eco-friendly alternative to traditional gravel or stone.
Drainage Systems: Eco aggregates can be used in drainage systems, such as for backfilling trenches or constructing permeable surfaces. Their porosity allows for better water infiltration and helps manage stormwater runoff.
Pipe Bedding: Eco aggregates can be used as bedding materials for pipes, providing a stable and supportive layer for underground utility installations.
Road Construction: Eco aggregates can be utilised as a base or sub-base materials in road construction. They provide stability and support, like traditional aggregates, and can be used in the construction of roads, highways, and parking lots.
Concrete Production: Eco aggregates can be used as a substitute for traditional aggregates in concrete mixtures. They can replace a portion of the natural gravel or crushed stone typically used, reducing the demand for virgin aggregates. The resulting eco-concrete can be used for foundations, pavements, and other structural elements.
It’s important to note that the specific applications and suitability of eco aggregates may depend on factors such as the type of recycled material used, the size and grading of the aggregates, and any applicable local regulations or specifications. It’s always recommended to consult with engineers, architects, or construction professionals to ensure proper use and compatibility in specific projects.
How do your eco aggregates compare durability and longevity to traditional aggregates?
This generally depends on the material, as some are more biodegradable or durable than others.
Rubber aggregates, generally offer superior durability and longevity compared to traditional aggregates like gravel or sand. Here’s how they compare:
Wear and Tear: Rubber aggregates are highly resistant to wear and tear. They maintain their shape and integrity even with heavy foot traffic or exposure to harsh weather conditions. Traditional aggregates like gravel, on the other hand, can shift, displace, or break down over time, requiring frequent replenishment or maintenance.
Weather Resistance: Rubber aggregates are designed to withstand extreme weather conditions, including freezing temperatures, heavy rain, and UV exposure. They do not degrade or break down easily under these conditions. In contrast, traditional aggregates can be susceptible to erosion, waterlogging, or freezing, leading to their degradation or loss of effectiveness.
Longevity: Rubber aggregates have a longer lifespan compared to traditional aggregates. They are highly durable and can maintain their quality for many years without significant deterioration. Traditional aggregates may require periodic replacement or replenishment to restore their functionality and appearance.
Maintenance: Rubber aggregates generally require less maintenance compared to traditional aggregates. They do not need frequent raking, levelling, or compaction, as they retain their shape and stability over time. Traditional aggregates like gravel may need regular maintenance to address issues like weed growth, displacement, or compacting.
Safety: Rubber aggregates provide enhanced safety features compared to traditional aggregates. They offer shock absorption and cushioning properties, reducing the risk of injuries from falls. Traditional aggregates like gravel or sand do not provide the same level of impact attenuation and fall protection.
Eco-Friendliness: Rubber aggregates made from recycled materials contribute to environmental sustainability by repurposing waste products like old tires. This aspect makes them an eco-friendlier choice compared to traditional aggregates, which often require mining or extraction of natural resources.
It’s important to note that the durability and longevity of rubber aggregates can vary depending on installation methods, and maintenance practices. Proper installation and periodic inspections can help ensure the continued effectiveness and durability of rubber aggregates in a given application.
Here’s a comparison between Glasglo glass aggregates and traditional aggregates in terms of durability and longevity:
Chemical Resistance: Glass aggregates are highly resistant to chemical degradation, making them suitable for environments with exposure to acids, alkalis, and other corrosive substances. Traditional aggregates may be susceptible to chemical deterioration in such conditions.
Weather Resistance: Both glass and traditional aggregates can withstand various weather conditions, including freeze-thaw cycles. However, glass aggregates tend to have lower water absorption rates, reducing the risk of damage from freezing and thawing compared to some traditional aggregates.
Abrasion Resistance: Traditional aggregates, such as crushed stone or gravel, generally have higher abrasion resistance than glass aggregates. Glass aggregates may be more prone to surface scratching or wear over time, particularly in high-traffic areas.
Colour Stability: Glass aggregates maintain their colour over time, as they are typically manufactured with pigments that are resistant to fading or discoloration. Traditional aggregates, particularly those with naturally occurring colours, may experience colour changes due to exposure to UV light or other environmental factors.
Degradation: Glass aggregates do not degrade or break down over time, as long as they are properly manufactured and installed. Traditional aggregates may break down or erode over time due to natural weathering processes.
Moisture Resistance: Glass aggregates have low water absorption rates, which can help prevent moisture-related issues like cracking and deterioration. Traditional aggregates may absorb more water, potentially leading to damage in freezing conditions.
Seashell aggregates, which are made from crushed seashells, have some differences in durability and longevity compared to traditional aggregates. Here’s a comparison between seashell aggregates and traditional aggregates in these aspects:
Chemical Resistance: Seashell aggregates are generally less chemically resistant than traditional aggregates. They may be susceptible to degradation in acidic environments or when exposed to certain chemicals. Traditional aggregates, such as crushed stone or gravel, are generally more chemically stable and resistant to degradation.
Weather Resistance: Seashell aggregates can withstand normal weather conditions, but they may be more vulnerable to deterioration in harsh environments. Exposure to prolonged moisture, freeze-thaw cycles, or high salt content (in coastal areas) can lead to erosion or disintegration of seashell aggregates. Traditional aggregates are often more resilient in such conditions.
Abrasion Resistance: Seashell aggregates may have lower abrasion resistance compared to traditional aggregates. They can be more prone to wearing down or breaking under heavy traffic or abrasive forces.
Decomposition: Seashell aggregates can decompose over time due to the organic nature of seashells. Factors such as exposure to moisture, microorganisms, and biological activity can contribute to their degradation. In contrast, traditional aggregates, being predominantly mineral based, are generally more durable and less prone to decomposition.
Maintenance: Seashell aggregates may require more frequent maintenance and replenishment compared to traditional aggregates. They may need to be periodically replenished or repaired to maintain their functionality and appearance. Traditional aggregates, once properly installed, typically require less maintenance.
Aesthetics: Seashell aggregates can provide a unique aesthetic appeal, particularly in coastal or beach-themed environments. They offer a natural, textured appearance that can enhance the visual appeal of landscapes or hardscapes. Traditional aggregates have a more standardized appearance and may not offer the same distinctive aesthetic qualities.
It’s important to consider the specific application and environmental conditions when choosing between seashell aggregates and traditional aggregates. Seashell aggregates are often preferred for their aesthetic appeal and suitability in certain contexts, but their durability and longevity may be relatively lower compared to traditional aggregates in some conditions. Regular maintenance and appropriate installation techniques can help maximize the lifespan of seashell aggregates.
Are eco aggregates safe for child play areas or pet play areas?
Rubber chippings, are a popular option for children’s play areas for several reasons:
Safety: Rubber chippings provide excellent shock absorption, cushioning the impact of falls and reducing the risk of injuries. They offer a softer surface compared to traditional materials like concrete or asphalt, making them ideal for play areas where children are likely to engage in active play and potentially fall.
Fall protection: Rubber chippings meet safety standards for impact attenuation, ensuring that they provide adequate fall protection. They can help reduce the severity of injuries in case of accidental falls from play equipment such as swings or climbing structures.
Accessibility: Rubber chippings create a more accessible play surface. They are wheelchair-friendly and allow for easier mobility for children with physical disabilities or those using assistive devices like crutches or walkers.
Durability: Rubber chippings are highly durable and can withstand heavy use and extreme weather conditions. They are resistant to decay, fading, and compacting, making them a long-lasting option for outdoor play areas.
Hygiene: Rubber chippings are non-toxic and resistant to bacteria and mould growth. They are easy to clean and maintain, allowing for better hygiene in the play area. Additionally, they do not attract insects or pests.
Eco-friendly: Many rubber chippings are made from recycled materials, such as old tires. By repurposing these materials, they contribute to reducing waste and promoting environmental sustainability.
Versatility: Rubber chippings come in various colours and can be customised to create visually appealing designs or patterns in the play area. This allows for creativity and customization, enhancing the overall aesthetic appeal of the space.
While rubber chippings offer numerous benefits, it’s important to ensure that they meet safety standards and are installed and maintained properly to ensure their effectiveness as a safe play surface.
Eco aggregates can be safe for child play areas or pet play areas, but it’s essential to consider a few factors to ensure their suitability and safety:
Material Selection: The type of recycled material used to produce the eco aggregates is crucial. It’s important to choose materials that are non-toxic and free from contaminants that could pose a risk to children or pets. For example, aggregates made from recycled concrete or glass are generally considered safe options.
Size and Shape: The size and shape of the eco aggregates should be considered to minimise any potential choking hazards for children or pets. Smaller, rounded aggregates are typically safer than sharp or angular ones.
Cushioning and Impact Absorption: In play areas, it’s important to consider the cushioning properties of the aggregates to provide a safer surface in case of falls or impacts. Additional safety measures like using a suitable shock-absorbing underlay or padding can be implemented to enhance safety.
Maintenance and Cleaning: Regular maintenance and cleaning are crucial to ensure the safety of play areas. It’s important to remove any debris, sharp objects, or potential hazards that may accumulate over time.
Compliance with Safety Standards: Ensure that the eco aggregates meet relevant safety standards and guidelines for play surfaces. In some regions, specific safety standards exist for playground surfaces to ensure they meet impact attenuation requirements and other safety criteria.
Consulting with playground designers, landscape architects, or safety experts is recommended to ensure that the chosen eco aggregates meet the necessary safety standards for child and pet play areas. Additionally, local regulations and guidelines regarding playground safety should be followed to create a safe environment.
Can your eco aggregates be recycled?
Our Eco Aggregates are already recycled, and recycling them again depends on the product, or your area. There are a few avenues to consider exploring to recycle these products:
Recycled glass aggregates (Glasglo). One of the key advantages of using recycled glass aggregates is their ability to be recycled multiple times, contributing to a more sustainable and circular economy. Here’s how the recycling process generally works for recycled glass aggregates:
Collection and Sorting: Glass waste is collected from various sources, such as recycling centres, glass manufacturers, or post-consumer waste streams. It is then sorted based on colour and quality to ensure a consistent and high-quality recycled glass product.
Crushing and Grinding: The sorted glass waste is processed through crushing and grinding machines to break it down into smaller pieces or fine powder. This step prepares the glass for further processing.
Cleaning and Purification: The crushed glass undergoes a thorough cleaning process to remove any impurities, such as paper, plastic, or organic materials. The glass is washed, rinsed, and sometimes treated with chemicals to ensure its purity.
Melting and Forming: The clean and purified glass is melted at high temperatures in furnaces. It can be moulded into new glass products or transformed into glass aggregates of various sizes, shapes, and colours, depending on the desired application.
Distribution and Use: The recycled glass aggregates are then distributed and made available for various purposes, such as construction, landscaping, countertops, and decorative applications. These aggregates can be used as a substitute for traditional materials like gravel, sand, or stone.
Recyclability: Recycled glass aggregates have the advantage of being recyclable themselves. If, at the end of their lifespan, they are removed or no longer needed, they can be collected, processed, and reintroduced into the recycling system, starting the cycle again.
In the UK, there could be several options available for recycling rubber materials (rubber chippings). Here are a few places where you can recycle rubber in the UK:
Local Recycling Centres: Many local recycling centres accept rubber materials for recycling. These centres often have dedicated sections or containers for rubber and other types of recyclable materials. Check with your local council or visit their website to find the nearest recycling centre in your area.
Rubber Recycling Companies: There are specialised rubber recycling companies in the UK that accept various types of rubber waste, including rubber tires, rubber products, and rubber materials. These companies have the equipment and expertise to process and recycle rubber materials properly.
Online Recycling Directories: Online directories such as Recycle Now (www.recyclenow.com) and Recycle More (www.recycle-more.co.uk) provide comprehensive information on recycling options in the UK. These directories allow you to search for specific materials and find local recycling facilities that accept rubber.
Scrap Yards and Metal Recycling Centres: Some scrap yards and metal recycling centres accept rubber materials, including rubber hoses, belts, and other rubber parts. Contact local scrap yards or recycling centres to inquire about their acceptance of rubber items.
In the UK, recycling options for seashells may be limited due to their organic nature and potential for contamination. However, there are a few places where you can explore potential recycling or reuse options for seashells:
Composting Facilities: Seashells can be composted in certain situations. If you have a composting facility or compost bin at home, you can add seashells to the composting process. However, it’s important to note that seashells take a long time to break down, so they should be crushed or ground into smaller pieces to speed up decomposition.
Craft Projects: Seashells can be repurposed for various craft projects. They can be used in jewellery-making, home decor, or artistic creations. If you are interested in repurposing seashells for crafts, consider donating them to local art centres, schools, or craft organisations that may be interested in using them.
Marine Education Centres or Museums: Marine education centres or museums may be interested in collecting seashells for educational purposes, exhibits, or art installations. Contact local marine-focused institutions to inquire if they accept seashell donations.
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