Q: How is geosynthetic sustainability as compared with conventional construction materials like soil, concrete and steel?
A: The four pillars of sustainability are human, social, economic and environmental. Geosynthetics are winners when compared to conventional alternatives in all four areas. To substantiate this assertion I would strongly recommend that you have a look at the International Geosynthetics Society’s (IGS) website.
Their website has a section entirely on sustainability. It is outlined below:
- Sustainability statement
- Case studies
- Paper citations
- PowerPoint presentations
The section on sustainability culminates with the International Geosynthetics Society’s (IGS) response to the European Commission’s consultation on Microplastics pollution. It is very well done and includes a carbon calculator that can be used to compare geosynthetic to conventional alternatives.