On the Earth Day 2011, VAST Enterprises has declared that the VAST Composite Pavers introduced by the company has accomplished 96% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions when compared to the normal concrete pavers.
The company utilized the Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) methodology mentioned in ISO 14040:2006 and depends on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) data to estimate the water consumption, usage of energy and release of carbon dioxide during the production to assess the CO2 releases between concrete and VAST’s composite material. The LCA also includes processing and transportation of materials and manufacture of products.
The patented technology developed by VAST Enterprises converts the recycled rubber and plastic products into composite masonry, a green material fit for building constructions. The production utilizes recycled plastic containers and car tiers for the manufacturing process and discharges lowest level of carbon dioxide emissions and does not produce volatile organic compounds during the production process and leaves zero waste materials. The output products can be 100% re-used. The composite pavers weigh just one third of the weight of concrete and provide versatile designs. The pavers’ is ideal for landscaping and hardscaping applications and can be installed easily and quickly.
In comparison to the release of around 412,264 pounds carbon dioxide for covering an area of 10,000 square feet, VAST Composite Pavers release only 15,432 pounds thus cutting down 396,832 pounds of CO2 releases, which can be equated to removing of 35 cars off the road for a year. The installation also prevents 5,000 tires and 150,000 plastic containers from reaching the landfills.