Product Innovation Can Help With Sustainability
Stewart Lacey of Bostik looks at the role of production innovation in sustainability: THERE is no question that sustainability must be central in the future of the flooring trade, not just the environmental aspect, but also the economic and social elements involved.
In other words, we must consider how our work to improve sustainability directly benefits the business of fitting floors, and the impact it has on the day-to-day job.
As a manufacturer, it’s important to be continually looking for innovations that help improve the sustainability of products. But there is abalancehere,product performance and quality must be maintained. After all, a product that offers very good environmental characteristics but may be expensive and not match the performance of traditional alternatives will not be economically sustainable for flooring contractors.
Much hard work is put into finding materials that offer the right level of quality and performance whilst also having the least possible environmental impact from ‘cradle to grave’ – that is, from where they are sourced, through manufacture and use, to the end of useful life in current form.
The bottom line for those in the trade is to do the same high-quality job with a product that has a reducedimpactontheenvironment.
Another example is the use of non-solvent formulations for products such as adhesives and damp-proof membranes. Alternatives to solvented products, such as a water-based formula, has important advantages. There are health & safety benefits from using a product that does not produce fumes, and on a social level lower fumes mean less disruption to any occupants of the building.
Here at Bostik we believe that focussing on developing products that offer balance between improved sustainability, alongside a positive impact economically and socially, is the best way to provide the flooring trade with materials they need to get the job done well.
This article has been reproduced from the Contract Flooring Journal website. You can find them at www.contractflooringjournal.co.uk.