..is something at the very core of TCL's ethos. We strive to do well and do good in any area we touch. Our mission was to create a product that could surpass its competitors in not only performance but also its environmental benefits. So we chose a replacement for concrete infrastructure with recycled polymers.
"There's a serious issue with plastic waste. Anything we can do to address this and find alternatives to putting plastic in landfill is welcome,"
Dr Richard Ball, of Bath University's architecture and civil engineering department.
The Concrete Problem
"Large scale infrastructure relies heavily on one of the most destructive materials on Earth, Concrete. It uses a tremendous amount of fresh water, roughly 10% of the global supply, often in communities where water for irrigation is in short supply. Concrete is responsible for up to 8% of the world’s emissions of carbon dioxide, more than any material after fossil fuels. It requires huge amounts of a kind of sand that is short supply, damaging natural environments, and that is mined under often deadly circumstances by “sand mafias”."
Source. The Guardian
To make things worse global cement production has soared - by 300% since 1990.
TCL Circular Economy
Circular Economy. The Answer to Reduce CO2 and Plastic Pollution
TCL is a virtual manufacturer. Our carefully sourced partners are the best in Canada. This is to ensure quality throughout the manufacturing process. Together we can create a Fully Circular Economy. Our manufacturing process is 100% made from reclaimed HDPP or HDPE plastic from household waste and the automobile industry.
This truly is 100% 'Made in Canada' from start to finish, Our key advantage to other copy-cat products that are shipped in from the other side of the World.
This brings us to our Design.
All our products are designed to stack efficiently on a minimum amount of pallets. From factory to fitting with the least amount of lorries. Saving traffic emissions and cost.
Installation is also designed to be efficiently fast. We take into account the Health and Safety of the Sub-contractor. Safe handling is a priority with a focus to minimise injury and time. Our patented hook and eye connection system means no tools are required to affix adjacent units together and the system allows for thermal expansion and contraction. This all means there is no need for heavy machinery or even cable pulling. This again saves on cost, time, and CO2 emissions.
We can even install using a semi-automated system more of which can be read about here in our installation section.
We expect our units to last a minimum of 30 years (Polymer life expectancy is 120yr+), any units that need to be replaced can be reclaimed back into our recycling. The same with the end of life projects, where the units can be recycled back into new products.