In honor of World Environment Day, we decided to reflect on some of the things that make Rubb, Inc. an eco-friendly organization. Whether it’s recycling, reducing energy consumption, or preventing pollution, we consider the environmental impact of our products at all stages of their life cycle from design, to manufacturing, to customer use and finally to recycling or disposal.
- Environmental Buildings – Rubb has provided environmental protection structures to a variety of companies that foster good neighbor and green policy plans. From chemical and fuel tank covers, portable water and sewage covers, to nuclear decontamination facilities, to land remediation buildings, all Rubb environmental structures meet health and safety requirements and environmental protection laws. And the best part is that covers can be readily decontaminated to be used again or to be recycled when appropriate.
- Hot-Dip Galvanization – Steel, the most recycled material in the world, and zinc, the 27th most abundant element in the Earth’s crust, are both 100% recyclable infinitely without the loss of any mechanical properties. And not only is zinc recyclable, it is a natural element that plays an essential role in the biological processes of all living organisms, including humans, animals, and plants. Because of the longevity of hot-dip galvanized steel, it has the potential to deliver huge economic savings, as well as contributing to the global economy. Rubb, along with other organizations like the American Galvanizers Association and our partnered vendors, is committed to sustainable development and a better environmental future with hot-dip galvanization.
- PVC – Polyvinyl chloride, commonly known as PVC, is a polymer used safely and successfully in a range of applications, and is completely recyclable. In our case, Rubb uses PVC to coat highest grades of flame retardant, high tenacity polyester which features a rip-stop structure weave to prevent tears.
By coating the fabric with PVC, it gives the membranes of our buildings color, strength and waterproof properties. In 2012 Rubb was approached by our fabric supplier Serge Ferrari, located in France, with a proposal to support a green initiative. Through a relationship with a recycling company in Italy that prepares recycled materials for manufacturing, Rubb was able to contribute a 40′ ISO container filled with scrap and unserviceable fabric materials.
- Thermohall – Rubb’s patented Thermohall Insulation System is the most eco-friendly relocatable building on the market today. Between using insulation that consists mostly of recycled glass, extensive heat and energy savings, and natural lighting that reduces electricity, Thermohall proves just how dedicated Rubb is to protecting the environment.
- Internal Movements – Not only does Rubb have a strict Environmental Policy for our processes and product designs, we also make a conscious effort to be internally environmentally friendly. Here at our Sanford, Maine facility, we recycle paper, cans and bottles, magazines, electronics, and just about everything that can be recycled. We encourage staff to be part of wellness initiatives, and even purchased Rubb branded water bottles that are made with recycled materials, BPA and lead free, and FDA approved.
So there you have it – who knew Rubb blue was so green. We hope that you celebrate World Environment Day by leaving comments and letting us know which ways you are eco-friendly too.