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Recycled Cement

By Kirsten Kapsin, (271 words) Posted in Green Flooring on December 19, 2008
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Concrete is comprised of aggregates (e.g. particles of stone and gravel) and cement. While the process of sourcing and preparing these materials is energy-intensive, there are now greener methods available. Recycled cement made with fly ash (a by-product of coal combustion) can now be used as an alternative for up to 35% of the cement in concrete. This is significantly more eco-friendly than the manufacture of Portland cement, a process that accounts for up to 8% of the world's total carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

Choose a greener way of life by choosing recycled cement over Portland cement. Not only can you get greener concrete floors that look just as good as new concrete, you can help make a positive contribution to global warming. Plus, using fly ash as a substitute actually increases concrete's strength and permeability.

Some interesting facts you may not know about concrete:

  • By replacing 1 ton of Portland cement with 1 ton of fly ash, manufacturers can help keep an estimated 1 ton of CO2 out of the earth's atmosphere.
  • Just two years ago, world cement production was approximately 2.6 billion tons.

When assessing the greenness of a particular floor type, you should also look at the energy expended in transporting the product to its destination. In this sense, concrete is eco-friendly as it's often made and sourced locally. This means less energy is used to transport the final product (opposed to bamboo flooring that's shipped to North America from Asia).

Refer to Green.FindAnyFloor.com for all of your green concrete needs. With our green site you should be able to sort through your eco-friendly flooring options in no time.

 

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Comments (20)

Bob Williams posted on: March 31, 2009

I had a question? Can you purchase recycled cement from Lowe's or Home Depot? Do you have to go to a professional to get the Eco-friendly cement? I never knew about fly ash until I found your blog. Very interesting. Why haven't we prevented global warming with manufacturing information like this.

Joe Skotta posted on: April 2, 2009

Bob- I just read your posting and I'm pretty sure you wont be able to actually buy recycled concrete in stores. Not yet at least. I know that recycled concrete normally comes from the demolition site itself. If your replacing your drive-way for instance the installation crew would use a machine to crunch the concrete small pieces. Make sure your installation crew knows what they're doing because any other types of material like hardwood or any metal product can not be recycled. Normally recycled concrete comes from the original concrete from the project.

Jordan posted on: April 17, 2009

Thanks for the information. Im re-doing my drive way this weekend. Im hoping they have an option for this during my project. Great blog. thank you

Alex posted on: April 1, 2013

Today, the concept of concrete recycling has started getting popular.Recycling will make cement material a viable option in this age of greater environmental awareness. - JustFab

Anon posted on: August 13, 2013

Wow! I didn't know there's such thing as recycled concrete. It's good to know that products are turning more eco-friendly. This is such a nice idea to help our environment. - Scott Safadi

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Marla Ahlgrimm posted on: January 15, 2015

Thanks for this information. I never know that it is posible to recycled the concrete. - Marla Ahlgrimm

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