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LEED Certification – Good for you and the Environment

Date: September 26, 2019 | Category: Go Green

With all the interest in “green” building practices, recycling, and reuse, LEED Certification is the buzz word that ties it all together. But if you’re new to the recycling idea (and a little behind the times), you probably don’t know what LEED certification really means.

What is LEED Certification?

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to set a benchmark for design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings.

According to everblue(TM), a training company for green industries,

When a building is LEED certified, it means an independent third-party has verified that the building meets the specified standards in such things as energy efficiency, air quality, water savings and use of materials that have been recycled or otherwise meet the LEED standards. LEED is a globally recognized label that means the building and it’s furnishings save money and energy, but still provide a high degree of functionality.

There are five basic categories of LEED certification.

  • Building Design & Construction – Includes standards for new building construction and old buildings being rehabbed.
  • Green Interior Design & Construction – Covers commercial and retail interiors being redesigned as part of a larger building.
  • Green Building Operations & Maintenance – For existing buildings to measure energy efficiency and make improvements.
  • LEED For Homes – Designed for residential use, this program is similar to the Energy Star program for home applicances.
  • LEED For Neighborhood Development – Integrates principles of green design into neighborhood planning.

RubberForm Recycled Products has built a successful business on removing millions of discarded rubber tires from landfills. It is estimated that there is one scrap tire for every person each year. This amount of waste has become impossible to manage. Designing and manufacturing useful products out of this waste material, is a win for the environment and a win for business. Contact us to discuss our full line of recycled products for industrial, commercial and residential uses. We can also custom design products per your specifications.

What’s the Big Deal about ‘Buying American?’

Date: September 11, 2019 | Category: Construction, Industrial, Municipal, Parking Lot Safety

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” [George Bernard Shaw]

As you research products, stop to consider what’s important to you.  Look at the labels of the items you buy.

  • Are these products made in America?
  • Are they made by American companies?  If not, who and what are you supporting?
  • Are the products foreign imports?  (Now, it may be that the only products available in your area are foreign made, so your options about what the purchase could be limited.)
  • Are the products made from recycled material? If so, where does the recycled material come from?  Hopefully from within the borders of the United States.

Contact the company to ask them the above questions. As you explore a buying-only-American lifestyle, you will surely confront the price issue—after all foreign-made products often seem cheaper.  But in the long-term, will you save any money? ‘Buy American’ continues to be an important issue for many people frustrated by loss of jobs and the influx of poor-quality products. A blog from americanmanufacturing.org led to another article: “The Made-in-China Bay Bridge Continues to Cost California.” That story looks at the decision to hire an untested company from China to build key parts of the suspension span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. An article in the Sacramento Bee chronicled the faulty construction of the bridge’s suspension span. There have been significant quality control lapses causing serious delays and huge cost over-runs. Experts who supervised the construction told the Sacramento Bee that the $6.5 billion dollar bridge will likely require costly remedial maintenance.

Not only is RubberForm a U.S.A. company, our products are also made from recycled materials. We’re creating new, high-quality products out of potentially hazardous waste products such as scrap tire rubber and we’re also using recycled plastic we see filling blue bins every week.  By doing what we do, we put fellow Americans to work and we’re using recycled scrap from our country —keeping these materials out of American landfills. Furthermore, RubberForm prides itself on innovative practices that follow strict manufacturing protocols. We support American manufacturing and American workers by providing a safe working environment and we conscientiously embrace our country’s labor laws.

Can you make a difference? Absolutely! Do your homework, ask questions, do your research, educate yourself and others around you. Don’t let the sticker price be your only consideration. With the proper research and educated choices, we can choose the best recycled material products for our homes and businesses.

Outfit your school with parking lot & road safety equipment

Date: August 20, 2019 | Category: Parking Lot Safety

With the school year quickly approaching, it is critical that the school addresses the safety of their students, staff and parents picking up their children within their parking lots. These lots are often hectic and stressful areas. People and cars mixed together can become a recipe for disaster if the parking lot is not outfitted with road safety equipment and proper signage.

Go green!

Green technology is very important in today’s society to protect our environment. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle! Schools need to incorporate recycled products into their everyday routines to teach their students the importance of utilizing recycled materials. Parking lot safety equipment, such as the Parking and Road Safety line from RubberForm, is the ideal solution to protect your students, faculty, parents, visitors and of course the environment. Our products are made of 100% recycled rubber and plastic that offer an environmentally friendly alternative to other parking lot products. We promise our products will not only last long, but serve and protect better than their standard counterparts like concrete.

Safety in your parking lot

Safety equipment utilized correctly can not only increase parking lot safety, but improve the flow of traffic and reduce pick up times. Portable sign bases are an ideal solution to mark designated pick-up areas, caution drivers of pedestrians, and post speed limits within the parking lot. Highly visible wheel stops ensure drivers do not drive into unauthorized areas or onto walkways. Speed bumps are critical to ensuring drivers to drive slowly. Delineator curb systems are the perfect solution to channel traffic, as well as separate area of the parking lot. They can also be easily collapse when not in use.

If you would like more information on which products are right for your parking lot, visit our Parking Lot Safety Page or contact us!

The Importance of Traffic Calming

Date: August 20, 2019 | Category: Municipal
RubberForm Speed Bump used at a checkpoint to slow incoming traffic

Installing devices that slow down motor vehicles or reduces the amount of cars traveling down a street is known as traffic calming. For many reasons, professionals, such as, transportation planners or traffic engineers, implement strategies that force safe driving. The most important motive being to decrease the number of automobile accidents, but also lessening pollution caused by cars.

If your community needs help combating the danger that speeding cars cause pedestrians and motorists, traffic calming is your answer. Our top of the line recycled rubber speed humps and tables force drivers to slow to a rate of 20-30 mph. The durability and easy installation of these products make them a cost friendly response to a life threatening problem.

An increase of safety is achieved with the installation of traffic calming equipment in residential areas. Using products like speed humps and speed tables forces motorists to slow down, and may stop some drivers from traveling down certain streets. More traffic safety, means residence may spend more of their time outside. An increase of pedestrian activity in neighborhoods, means a decline in motor vehicle use. This also results in less pollution for the community.

It may be impossible to stop all traffic accidents from occurring, but using our speed humps and tables will discourage reckless driving and help save lives. All of our products are made in the U.S.A and constructed with 100% recycled rubber and plastic. If you are interested in learning more about our products, or you would like to receive a quote, visit our contact us page.

Appearing At Levi’s Stadium In California: The Backstory

Date: September 20, 2017 | Category: Parking Lot Safety
Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA

It’s always gratifying to see RubberForm’s recycled rubber products in action, and the bigger the stage, the more exciting the experience. On June 29, 2017, we had an important supporting role in a dress rehearsal for one of the premier venues in the country—the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.

This new home for the San Francisco 49ers opened with a pre-season game against Denver Broncos on August 17, 2017.  To prepare, the City of Santa Clara, the Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority and a team officials held a dry run to look at pedestrian and traffic flow. This included, parking and other issues that may arise when 70,000 fans converge on the stadium. Our sign bases and sign base weights were right in the middle of it all!

There, our sign bases and added base weights were directing doing the following: VTA Transit pedestrian traffic, helping people get from Point A to Point B, and generally contributing to visitor safety and well being. It’s something we see RubberForm sign bases doing in other parking lots and high-traffic sites all across the country. And just like any proud stage parent, we find the performance never gets old. That’s because we can’t help but remember how far all our recycled rubber products have come to get where they are now.

After all, it wasn’t so long ago that those sign bases were at the end of their careers as scrap tires. They were headed to a landfill or scrap tire processing plant somewhere in the United States. But where other people might have seen ugly piles of scrap tires, we saw great potential. We took tons of scrap tire crumb rubber, which is ground up scrap tires, and ran it through our innovative recycling rubber molding plant to produce environmentally friendly products that still have their very best years ahead of them!

True, our products aren’t the headliners at the places they appear (sort of like actors you always recognize but can’t name). RubberForm is frequently cast when traffic and parking lot safety is a major concern. Along with our sign bases, we also have products playing at road constructionindustrial, hospitality and marine locations.

No, people won’t go to Levi’s Stadium to see our sign bases. But that doesn’t lessen our pride in being there…or any other of the thousands of places that RubberForm products appear. They’re helping travelers reach their destinations, protecting property and lives, and ensuring that people have a better time. All while making the world a little greener. As far as we’re concerned, that’s the role of a lifetime.

Why Rubber Wheel Stops Over Concrete Parking Stops?

Date: September 20, 2017 | Category: Parking Lot Safety
Close up image of a RubberForm Wheel Stop

Parking Lot Wheel Stops are installed in many parking lots large and small to help in ensuring vehicles come to a stop and prevent damage to buildings, sidewalks, curbs and delicate landscapes. While we call these products Wheel Stops, they are also often referred to recycled wheel stops, car stops, parking curbs, parking bumpers, parking blocks and everything in-between. In the past, concrete was the go-to material for these parking curb products, but they are being replaced with more durable and environmental friendly materials like our Recycled Rubber Wheel Stops.

A forklift, Bobcat, or front loader are generally the recommended method to install a concrete wheel stop into position. Often requiring 2 or more people to move it into its final location, resulting in high installation costs. Weighing in at only 38 pounds, a RubberForm Wheel Stop can be unloaded, set into place, and installed by just one person. If one of our Rubber Wheel Stops happens to slip off of a pallet it will not chip, crack, break or potentially injure the person moving them. Something that can happen with concrete parking blocks.

All of RubberForm’s Wheel Stops are made from 100% post-consumer recycled scrap tire rubber, diverting 4 tires from being sent to a landfill for each Wheel Stop that RubberForm manufactures. Concrete is not recyclable and more susceptible to damage. Once damaged, it needs to be removed and thrown out. The Rubber Wheel Stops are made with the used, scrap tires from your car! Our Rubber Wheel Stops also carry a product lifetime warranty! They won’t break, chip or crack if they get hit by a car. Their molded in plastic colored polygons offer additional visibility.

Need More Info?

Visit our product page to learn more and see additional photos of our U.S.A Made Parking Lot Wheel Stops in action. RubberForm manufactures and stocks polygon colors in Safety Yellow, White, Handicap Blue, Eco-Green, Emergency Red. We also offer custom colors to match your brand or corporate color upon request.

Do You Know Where Your Tires Go?

Date: September 18, 2017 | Category: Municipal
Do You Know Where Your Scrap Tires Go?
Ariel photograph of a tire landfill

Although today’s tires endure more miles than they have in the past, the amount of cars on the road is increasing along with the average number of miles driven annually. According to the ninth report on scrap tire markets issued by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), one waste (also known as scrap) tire is discarded annually per person in the United States.

But where do all these tires go? To help us answer this question, RMA did an analysis of scrap tire management in the United States. In their report for 2007, they found that more scrap tires were consumed in end-use markets than ever before. 89.3 percent to be exact. These markets include tire-derived fuel, in which about 54% of the total scrap tires generated were burned for its use. Civil engineering, ground rubber applications, and other smaller markets are included in this.

Yet, even with all of the reuse and recycling efforts, a great amount of scrap tires still end up in landfills each year. At the end of 2007, about 594.0 thousand tons of scrap tires were land filled in the United States. This compares to the 477.2 thousand tons that were reportedly land filled in 2005. This data indicated a large increase in scrap tire land filling in just two years.

It was also reported that at the end of 2007, about 128.36 million scrap tires remained in stockpiles in the United States. Stockpiles are liabilities and are a growing issue of much concern. Aside from being unsightly, rainwater accumulates in these stockpiles. This then becomes a breeding ground for an enormous number of mosquitoes that can transmit infectious disease. The real primary concern is fires. Tire pile fires can last for months, cost millions of dollars to fight, and required the evacuation of neighborhoods. They cause significant environmental harm from toxic soot fall-out, the run-off of oil and water. When burned, tires release irritants and potentially carcinogenic compounds into the atmosphere. Some experts no longer consider the question of “if” a stockpile will catch fire but “when” it will burn.

Considering all of these statistics, we should have more of an incentive to buy U.S.A-made, recycled products. So before we purchase “recycled” products sourced and manufactured off-shore, keep in mind that we need to clean up our enormous scrap tire problem here first.

More on the latest Scrap Tire Report: ustires.org/scrap-tire-markets

What Is An Eco-Industrial Manufacturer?

Date: September 15, 2017 | Category: Industrial

A company that is considered “eco-industrial” is more than just efficiency. Eco-industrial manufacturing goes beyond the basics of complying with the law, cutting waste and operating efficiency. These companies take environmental considerations into all aspects of their operations. RubberForm Recycled Products is one of these “Eco-Industrial” manufacturers.

The “Eco-industrial” concept has one goal in mind: to make industrial manufacturing processes cleaner and more sustainable. This is accomplished by emulating how nature deals with waste through reduce, reuse and recycle. In nature, the waste outputted by one organism becomes the nutrients of another organism. All of earth’s nutrients are endlessly recycled. Eco-industrial manufacturers display this idea exactly the same. The waste of one manufacturer become raw materials for another. Companies may also recycle and reuse materials and chemicals used in industries instead of dumping them into the environment. These practices use less raw material and energy while cutting pollution and waste at the same time.

In addition to these practices, a company can further exemplify “Eco-Industrial” practices by locating itself on rehabilitated damaged sites, such as, vacant property, reusing old, recycled machinery, using eco-distribution channels and creating products that conserve energy and other precious resources. With this taken into consideration through raw materials acquisition, production, manufacturing, packaging, distribution, transportation of finished goods, reuse, operation, maintenance and proper disposal of the waste.

For more information on Eco-Industrial Manufacturing, please reference the following sources.

Also, make sure to check out our wide selection of Workplace Safety Equipment made from 100% recycled materials.

5 Ways To Take Your Construction Company To Green

Date: September 7, 2017 | Category: Construction
5 Ways To Take Your Construction Company Green

What defines green construction?

Any green construction takes into account the overall impact construction will have on an environment; the energy it uses and produces, and the sustainability of the materials being used. This also includes the life cycle of building materials; how they’re produced, transported, installed, demolished, and recycled.

If you haven’t begun moving your business to a greener version of itself, now is the perfect time to get started. It doesn’t matter how small or large your business is, investors are starting to pay attention to green construction and sustainable materials.

That means consumers are paying attention. It’s not just a fad anymore.

In fact, Americans now recycle 28% of their waste!

Scroll down and discover 5 ways to make your construction company green.

1. Start Slow

Rome wasn’t built in a day. Chances are that your move to green construction won’t be either.

Specialization, especially in the beginning of your transition, can be a good thing.

Would you rather be known as a mediocre business that does decent work or would you rather be known as the best green window installers/producers on the East Coast?

As a specialist, you can focus on being the absolute best in that chosen area. Being the best will increase the trust you receive from your customer base and allow that trust to carry over as you expand your green construction expertise into other areas.

2. Green Practices

Your employees need to be ready for the change-over. What better way to educate them by starting with their own supplies?

Encourage your employees to reuse office supplies. Set up recycling bins within the office. Switch to non-toxic cleaners.

Make it everyone’s responsibility to turn off lights, fans, etc.

Organize carpools so employees can use less gas.

Once the whole team is on board, they’ll be committed to your vision.

3. Education

If you want your company to be the best, you need to stay on top of the game.

Conferences are held every year showcasing the latest innovations in green construction. There are also organizations that can help with getting you and your team LEED certified.

Make sure that all of your certifications are posted where customers can see them. This is the kind of thing you should be boasting about.

Make them want to give you their money!

4. Advertise The Switch

I’m not talking about going out of your way to get ads in local papers and publications. I’m talking about your office.

Pack binders with information on how much money customers save in the long run by utilizing green construction. Not only are they doing the right thing, they’re saving money while they’re at it!

Sometimes green construction can pretty much sell itself. Just leave the facts where you customers can easily find them.

Share this information on your website. Not only are you looking to help the planet and your customers, but you’re sharing real information about it and not charging them for it.

So what have you done so far to optimize your business for green construction? Let us know in the comments!

5. Sustainable Green Construction

Going green and being honest about it is about more than planting a few trees outside of the office (though they are a nice touch), it’s an essential part in the quality of your business.

Using sustainable and recycled products for construction was the idea RubberForm was built around. Our products are made primarily from U.S. scrap tire rubber and recycled plastics. Our green goods provide cost-effective, durable and attractive alternatives to those made from concrete, metal, wood or plastic. RubberForm’s proprietary manufacturing process ensures our products will not rust, chip, crack or crumble while providing years of superior performance.

With various products in a wide range of industries, you can buy products made from recycled rubber. Everything ranging from parking lot wheel stops to spill containment rubber berms to trackout control mats.

If you want to sell green, you need to be green.

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