Be Wary of Drywall

July 15th, 2011

by Francine Maglione

Looking to reduce your carbon footprint? You may be doing Mother Nature a favor by avoiding drywall when finishing your basement. The Los Angeles Times reported that waste drywall takes up a tremendous amount of space in landfills. The process used to manufacture drywall can also have consequences. Mining the gypsum used to make drywall can hurt the environment, and the fossil fuels and pollution involved in transporting it to drywall manufacturing plants certainly doesn’t help.

There is about 30 million tons of wallboard manufactured in North America each year, and even though it is recyclable, it still tends to sit in landfills. If you are getting rid of drywall, be sure to recycle it. Drywall scraps can be used in wall cavities during new construction, which eliminates disposal and transportation costs. Habitat for Humanity also accepts donated drywall to use when building homes. If most of the paper is removed, the gypsum can be recycled into new drywall.

Look into a greener alternative to drywall, such as the Total Basement Finishing System. The EverLast basement walls don’t dent like drywall and will never get moldy or rot. They can last for 50 years and can support the weight of objects such as shelves, cabinets and even plasma TVs, which will reduce resources otherwise needed to repair drywall.

 

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