Yes, composite decking is eco friendly. It is made from recycled materials and is a great choice for the environment.
Eco friendly, environment-friendly, sustainability, just some of the terms we here on a daily basis. In fact unless you’re totally disconnected from technology and modernity’s influx of information overload, it’s hard to escape from it. And for good reason. There is no escape. Ignorance isn’t bliss. Kicking our recycled can down the road for those who are yet to taste the wonderful miracle of life, just will not work. So, what does it mean to be Eco friendly. Cambridge’s dictionary defines it as : not harmful to the environment, or trying to help the environment. A responsibility thrust upon on us all during our short, fleeting time on this beautiful planet, would you not agree?
Agree or not. The science is clear. Now you may disagree with the science, that’s everyone’s prerogative. But truth isn’t predicated on whether we believe it or not. The planet’s resources are limited, its vitals being tipped to the extremes before our very eyes. Extreme heatwaves (at the time of writing the UK has just recorded its hottest day on record) droughts, melting ice caps, unprecedented levels of carbon emissions pumped into the ozone, I could go on and on, you’ve heard it all before right, but if we want to go on and on as a species, living on a habitable, healthy planet, something has to change.
There’s a famous Greek proverb “A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit”. Do we need to plant more physical trees? No doubt, but there’s many a seed to sow to enable the planet to recover and thrive again for those coming after us. Do we not owe them that? Like those gone before us did for us? Odysseus famously said “Men are haunted by the vastness of eternity. And so, we ask ourselves: will our actions echo across the centuries? Will strangers hear our names long after we are gone, and wonder who we were, how bravely we fought, how fiercely we loved?”
That quote has always resonated with me, not so much for the eco warrior in me who’s fighting bravely for the survival of its species, but more for the fact that everyone wants to leave a legacy. For his or her ancestors to remember their story or their heroics and triumphs against the odds. Well, the odds are truly against us. Earth is mother to us all, we must love her and fight for her, in which ever ways we can.
What eco friendly changes?
Do we really need to be proponents of an all or nothing attitude? I think not. I’ve never understood this idea that unless we change every aspect of our lives, all in one great swoop, then there’s no point changing at all. Yes, we want to fly less, but if you need to take a trip abroad on the wings of a plane, that’s no reason to stop recycling plastic, using renewable energy, eating less meat or limit wastage. Yes, I drive a car, it’s not always possible not to, but that doesn’t mean walking and cycling when I can, isn’t helping. For most of us, we are not going to change the world overnight, but we can contribute in our own little ways. These efforts compound and hopefully the powers that be will catch up.
What makes composite decking eco friendly? Composite Decking is made from recycled wood and plastic. Traditional timber decks would contribute to deforestation. Many plastic products from consumer wastage end up in landfills and the oceans. Composite decking is produced from the recycling of these two materials, ensuring less trees are felled and more waste products are recycled. In addition, composite decking boards are designed to be long lasting and require very little maintenance. Composite boards typically last for more than 25 years. Therefore, there is no need to be in that continuous cycle of buying and disposing your deck.