Green Parking Lots

Day 226 – When you think of a parking lot, most of us picture a large space covered in asphalt with painted lines to designate where we should park our car. However, what if that asphalt was grass?

TRUGRID (U.S. company) has created pavers that are good for the environment in numerous ways:

  1. The fact that their pavers are made from 100% post-consumer recycled high-density polyethylene, an unbelievably durable material that works in all climates and soils. Millions of pounds of post-consumer recycled high-density polyethylene have been kept out of the oceans and landfills by converting disposable products like shampoo bottles and water jugs to long life cycle pavers lasting 60 years or more.
  2. Natural filtration of stormwater which allows for pollutants in to be removed before recharging aquifers. They are completely 100% permeable, meaning they’ll let stormwater, auto spills, and other liquids pass directly through into the ground where they can be filtered by Mother Nature and safely dispersed. The natural bioremediation process of storm water passing through the rock and into the soil provides a natural filter that removes up to 90 % of auto pollutants before recharge of aquifers.
  3. Reduced CO2 emissions compared to concrete and asphalt pavement. The installation process for this sustainable car park design is also much faster than your average concrete or asphalt installation, requiring far less manpower, hours, equipment, fuel, and resources.

“If only one person in each U.S. city installed a TRUEGRID driveway, the recycled gallon jugs could stack end to end to the top of Mt. Everest…and then again 3600 more Mt. Everests.” – TRUGRID

With each passing year, the weather is becoming more unpredictable and severe. Flooding is becoming more and more common. We need to start finding ways to adapt to our environment and work towards ways to help reverse the affects of global warming. Companies like TRUEGRID are doing just that.

Tomorrow, Sweden is doing something that should be replicated around the world.

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