What exactly does it mean to be green? For a material or product to be considered green, it should have low impact on the environment and therefore favor environmentalism—the practice of protecting and conserving the natural environment and its resources. Aluminum and Glass are both such materials.
Aluminum’s Environmental Attributes
Aluminum is recyclable, sustainable, and versatile; three key qualities for any material being used to construct a green building. Historically, aluminum has proven to be one of the most important materials in successful recycling programs. Aluminum offers high scrap value, widespread consumer acceptance, and aluminum recycling enjoys significant industry support. In addition to recyclability, other eco-friendly qualities that aluminum touts while meeting green building requirements include its light weight-to-strength ratio, which allows for the reduction in weight of materials, and its extrudability, which accommodates off-site fabrication.
Glass’ Environmental Attributes
Glass is recyclable, Among glass’s many qualities, there is that of the absence of toxicity, and that it is totally recyclable. It is an inert material, that is, it does not contaminate the environment from which it is slowly transformed into silicates; what’s more, it is also an ideal material to block dangerous components that can be fused in glass and made inert in its structure. Most types of glass are easily recyclable and they can be reused many times without having to be re-manufactured. Unlike other materials, it can be re-melted an infinite number of times while conserving its properties. Glass recycling is an ecological process in every aspect. It reduces the quantity of waste to be treated or dumped, thereby allowing, in addition to reducing environmental damage, savings on waste transport and disposal costs.