Sustainability

The unique rubber crumb cradles, which are guaranteed for 60 years, are manufactured from recycled vehicle tyres, so preventing large numbers of worn tyres going to landfill. Two recent projects provide good examples: at Saffron Square in Croydon, the equivalent of over 13,000 car tyres were used, while at Holland Green, in West London, a further 3,500 were used. Furthermore, at the end of the building’s life they can be recycled again, without losing integrity or quality or being ‘down-cycled’ to eventual waste material, making them genuine ‘Cradle-to-Cradle’ products.

The wooden battens for the C40 system are obtained from FSC certified sustainable forests and form part of the InstaGroup’s commitment to environmental responsibility, for which it has obtained ISO14001.


True Cradle to Cradle Recycling

100% recovery of rubber from Truck Tyre
Rubber content of tyre = 70%
Tyre weight = 62kg x 70% = 43.4kg (rubber)
92% weight of cradle is rubber crumb = 0.17kg
43.4 / 0.17 = 255 cradles = 1 tyre per 255 cradles
1000m2 = 46 tyres recycled

Calculation based on C40/25 @ 11.8 cradles per m2

100% recovery of rubber from Passenger Tyre
Rubber content of tyre = 70%
Tyre weight = 9kg x 70% = 6.3kg (rubber)
92% weight of cradle is rubber crumb = 0.17kg
6.3 / 0.17 = 37 cradles = 1 tyre per 37 cradles
1000m2 = 319 tyres recycled

Calculation based on C40/25 @ 11.8 cradles per m2

As the lightweight C40 system can be levelled on site, and also be supplied with an integral underfloor heating system, it requires no concrete screeds. This reduces not only the structural loadings but also lorry movements, energy usage and greenhouse gases. Less concrete means reduced carbon dioxide emitted during its manufacture, transport and construction use, producing lower levels of embodied carbon.

Environmental benefits of C40 cradle and batten flooring:

  • Rubber crumb cradles prevent tyres going to landfill
  • Fully recyclable, genuine ‘cradle-to-cradle’ products
  • Eliminates the need for concrete screeds
  • Reduced structural loadings and lorry movements
  • Lower levels of greenhouse gases and embodied carbon.

Producing high quality products using recycled material is practical, sustainable and environmentally responsible.