At Rhino, we are doing our part to make better choices and be a more sustainable company!
At Rhino we know all too well how the construction industry can have a harmful impact on the environment. So, we do things differently, and although we can’t undo the damage that has already been done to the planet, we can make better choices that help rather than hinder.
We strive to be more sustainable and a Rhino resin bound surface can help achieve this.
The threat of urban flooding is very real but can be eased by the use of permeable surfaces, such as Rhino resin bound.
But, only where permeable surfaces are installed onto a fully permeable ‘Eco Base’ construction. A Rhino surface can drain up to 25 litres of water per meter, per second into the water table where ‘mother nature’ intended it to go! This type of construction is called a ‘Full Service’ installation and as such, our surfaces exceed the standards required in the SUDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems) regulations.
But the green credentials don’t stop there…The resin used in a Rhino surface originates from the Ricinus Communis plant (Castor Plant)
– a harvested plant with an estimated carbon dioxide absorption of 34.6 tonnes per hectare and is therefore classified as a sustainable, renewable, ‘green’ bio resource.
Recycling is also at the heart of our sustainability goals and as such we use a high proportion of recycled materials in the construction of our permeable ‘Eco Bases’. In fact, in the average size (42 square metres) Rhino installation, we use the shredded rubber from over 200 recycled used vehicle tyres to create a permeable base. In 15 years of trading, we have installed over 1,300 surfaces which is equivalent to more than 55,000m2!
This means that, so far, we have contributed to the absorption of nearly 2,000 tonnes of harmful Carbon Dioxide from the planet (that’s the annual emissions released by over 400 cars) and used over 260,000 recycled tyres in our bases.
Not only are we conscious of the materials that we use in the construction of our surfaces, but we also are aware of the packaging that it comes in.We are careful to only use waste management companies who have the facilities to recycle and reuse the plastics we use.
The damage already done to the planet may be irreversible, and traditional surfacing solutions have added to this problem. In contrast, a Rhino resin bound construction has a positive impact on the environment and the effects of climate change.
At Rhino we believe, as a business it is important to move with the needs of the environment and we continually strive to make the best choices not only for the success of the business but to ensure we are doing the best we can for our planet.