“It is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy” 1 Corinthians 4:2.
We are stewards of planet earth.
A core principle of Rubber-Cal’s philosophy is its commitment to providing eco-friendly flooring products. We only have one planet Earth to live on and Rubber-Cal believes that we should do all we can to protect and preserve it. One very important way that we can do our part is in providing environmentally friendly flooring options for consumers. Our line of ‘green’ flooring is made from either natural, reclaimed or recycled rubber.
Recycled rubber flooring is desirable to have because it offers superior levels of long-term durability. This is thanks to the tire rubber material that sustainable flooring products are made from. The rubber material in tires is manufactured to endure UV rays, ozone, moisture, and physical abrasions. One of the best aspects of recycled rubber flooring is that it retains the qualities of the original material. With this kind of durable rubber in use, our line of eco-friendly flooring products can withstand the rigors of use in areas like gyms, garages, warehouses, and many other commercial and industrial venues where the impact of heavy equipment may be present. However, the benefits of eco-friendly flooring reach much further than durability.
Eco-friendly flooring features excellent protective qualities for both people and surfacing. Rubber is a material that possesses a natural amount of grip. When your feet are on this reclaimed floor surface, they will benefit from enhanced traction. Some recycled rubber flooring also comes with traction enhancing surface designs for better anti-slip safety. In addition to protecting your footing, our sustainable flooring products also safeguard existing floors made from more fragile materials like wood and tile from the damage that can be caused by high volumes of foot traffic or heavy equipment. With eco-friendly flooring in place, you will be sparing yourself any future unwanted repair costs. Recycled rubber flooring is great for consumers in terms of practicality. However, it is also great for the environment thanks to the materials used to make it.
The most basic kind of eco-friendly flooring material is natural rubber. Rubber is a naturally occurring substance that is produced from the sap of the Hevea brasiliensis tree, which is found most commonly in Africa, South America, India, and South East Asia and Indonesia. This sap is collected by making cuts in the trees, before it is processed and formed into the finished material which can be used in eco-friendly flooring. For many, the cultivation of this plant and its resources is a point of pride, as well as a means of making a living. When it comes to producing recycled rubber flooring, natural rubber is perfect because it is made through a truly sustainable process. Once a tree has been tapped for its latex, it is left to recover completely. Natural rubber is a very versatile material that can be used in products beyond ‘green’ flooring, and is sometimes mixed with synthetic rubbers in order to give a product enhanced oil and chemical resistant properties. By itself, however, it is an elastic, durable and cost-effective environmentally friendly flooring option. It was also the only type of eco-conscious sustainable flooring available for a long time.
Other source materials for eco-friendly flooring include reclaimed and recycled rubbers, which are made from discarded vehicle tires. How did eco-friendly flooring derived from recycled rubber become so popular? It derives from a manufacturing process that originated in the mid-1980s. Prior to 1985, the standard method of disposing with these tires was to simply toss them in a landfill. According to CalRecycle, millions of these tires are disposed of every year. Unfortunately, rubber is not biodegradable and these tires would pile up over time, taking up valuable space that could be used for waste that is biodegradable. Over time, these tires become breeding grounds for vermin and disease, as well as giving off harmful emissions. The effect this has on the surrounding ecology is very detrimental. Then, the production of eco-friendly flooring was given a serious boost. When scientists began to alert manufacturers about the environmental impact that these old tire mountains were having on the environment, it was clear that something had to be done. They found their answer in recycling the rubber. Thanks to this discovery, the stage was set for the expansion of new eco-friendly flooring.
Reclaimed rubber and recycled rubber are similar but have differences in the way they are produced. Reclaimed rubber is made when tires are devulcanized and then vulcanized again, a cyclical process which makes a reclaimed floor product that tends to be smooth in texture. Recycled rubber flooring, on the other hand, is made from shredded tires. The shredded rubber material is molded back together and the result is eco-friendly flooring that is grainy in texture. Reusing these tires as environmentally friendly flooring frees up space for biodegradable waste in landfills, allowing the surrounding environment to “breathe” better. The recycling process which is used to create ‘green’ flooring is actually extremely cheap to carry out, but produces a high-quality reclaimed floor product. As a result, any environmentally friendly flooring made from recycled rubber is very cost-effective, because the savings from production are passed on to the consumer.
Imagine that you are a business owner in charge of a large warehouse distribution center and you are given the task of ensuring that proper eco-friendly flooring is installed all throughout the facility. What is the comparing factor you analyze first? Cost. Affordability matters. When compared to synthetic rubber products, recycled rubber is the clear winner. Rubber-Cal appreciates that not every budget is the same and when an eco-conscious and cost-effective reclaimed floor alternative can be offered, we are happy to provide it. Eco-friendly flooring helps ease the burden on both wallets and the environment.
According to ScienceDaily, an online research publication, the estimated annual ‘carbon footprint’ per United States resident is 20 tons. A ‘carbon footprint’ is a popular way of measuring the amount of carbon dioxide emissions generated by the energy requirements of any one person. Obviously, the greater a person's carbon footprint, the more negative their impact on the environment. That is why it is so crucial to utilize energy-saving methods in your day-to-day life (a premier example being the utilization of eco-friendly flooring).
Rubber has another advantage when it comes to creating environmentally friendly flooring. In striving to minimize your carbon footprint and concentrate on sustainability, rubber is ideal because of its longevity. It can provide eco-friendly flooring that lasts for 20 years or more, as long as it is properly maintained. The life-span is even longer when tiles are used, because they can be swapped out if they suffer high levels of wear. When your ‘green’ flooring does finally need to be replaced, the material can be recycled again. When it comes to sustainable flooring, it doesn’t get much better than that.
We at Rubber-Cal try to do our part in reducing waste in the environment by using eco-conscious rubber whenever and wherever we can. Our line of eco-friendly flooring can provide durable protection for a wide variety of applications. Our ‘green’ flooring is affordable and will help you contribute to reducing the amount of waste in the ecosystem. Now that the benefits of sustainable flooring are available to you, do your part to keep our planet clean.