We are all encouraged to recycle newspapers, plastic containers, tins, bottles, and other household items in order to be good citizens and ‘save the planet’ for the benefit of future generations. Taking this principle further, Paul Robson, Director of InstaFloor, recently decided to consider the wider relevance of recycling with the InstaLay product range.
In addition to having a 10 year guarantee, our unique, patented, acoustic underlay provides an environmental benefit that’s becoming increasingly important.
The acoustic underlay is manufactured from recycled truck and car tyres and, with it being illegal in the UK and other European countries to send worn tyres to landfill sites, I was interested to find out just how much was being reclaimed and recycled.
We discovered that from a 45kg truck tyre 60% of the content was recovered, providing 27kg of rubber crumb to use, while 45% was recovered from a 10kg car tyre giving 4.5kg to use.
With InstaLay 50 (5mm), 90% of its weight is rubber crumb, which equates to 1.8kg/m2. This means that every 15m2 of InstaLay recycles one truck tyre or six car tyres – or 1000m2 prevents 66 truck tyres or 400 car tyres from becoming waste products.
These products are genuinely ‘Cradle to Cradle’ because they can be recycled repeatedly, without losing integrity or quality, or being ‘down-cycled’ to become waste. The rubber crumb can then be used again and turned into another environmentally friendly product.
Discover more about InstaLay ‘Peel & Stick’ acoustic underlay here.