So, you need a new fence, but you want to choose one that is an environmentally friendly option? The good news is that there are plenty of options for you to consider!
Climate change has been a hot topic in 2021. As well as the government releasing strategies to combat Australia’s to lower our countries emissions, many of us are considering ways to be more environmentally friendly in our everyday lives. Once you start to delve into it, you realise that every decision you make can be altered to either be beneficial or harmful to the environment.
What are Some Environmentally Friendly Fencing Options? In Australia 2022Your fence may not have been a climate tackling product when you first thought of it, but it actually can have a significant impact! Consider this: your fence is planted in the ground, and the materials sink into the soil. That can make a big impact on your small patch of land and a small dent overall to Australia’s environment. Choosing an environmentally friendly fencing option is something to consider if you want to make a small step at bettering our future.
What is an environmentally friendly fencing option?
An environmentally friendly fence, also known as an eco-conscious or sustainable fence, is a structure built with organic materials, manufactured from recycled products, or are otherwise created with minimal harm to the planet.
Recycling your old materials
Did you know that you can use existing materials to construct your new fence – from an old fence, renovations, etc.? Not all fencing companies offer this service; however, Jim’s Fencing is committed to the environment and are happy to come to look at your available materials. They’ll work with you to salvage supplies and design a fence based on what you have. If you’re unable to source your own, they can also source recycled material for you. Creating a new design with recycled material can be pricier for the fence installation itself, as your tradesman will have to spend a considerable amount of labour building the structure. However, you should save that money by using cheaper (or free) materials.
You may not consider the bright red steel wall to be environmentally friendly, but it is! Colorbond is ultra-durable and hardy and are designed to last decades. The great news is, even when it does roll around time to replace them, they are 100% recyclable. None of your old Colorbond fencings will go into landfills. It will all be used to create new products. Also, the manufacture of your Colorbond fence uses zero chemical waste. It’s a great, long-lasting, eco-friendly material to use for your walls. It’s also very low maintenance, which will save the environment from excess water use and chemicals needed to maintain other types of fences.
Shrubs and bushes
What’s an alternative to fencing that’s eco-friendly? Large shrubbery, trees or bushes can set the boundary line for your property and offer privacy, shade and atmosphere. Planting trees has long been considered a great environmental tool, as trees suck up the carbon dioxide we breathe out, and release more oxygen, what we breathe in, into the air. Your tree or fauna boundary will create a very fresh space for your household. It may require a lot of maintenance to begin with, e.g. planting and looking after them while growing. However, once established, this should die off, and it will only need minimal maintenance. One negative to speak of for all the benefits this option has is that it may not offer the same security that a fence does – potentially, people can enter your property by walking through the greenery.
Modular walls are made of cement and steel, two incredibly strong materials. They can be designed to resemble the look of marble – but they are so much more environmentally friendly! Also, a lot more affordable. As per the Colorbond, modular walls are extremely low maintenance, durable, and warranted to last for over a decade. Already, that scores some sustainability points as it means you won’t have to waste water or more materials replacing or looking after it. As well as that, modular walls are recyclable. Jims Fencing Melbourne uses modular walls as they have a great eco-friendly business model – they have worked at reducing CO2 emissions by 80% as part of the manufacturing process. Modular walls are also used as sound-proofing walls for sound pollution – this has a positive effect on humans, animals and any wildlife that may be residing in or near your property lot.
Wooden fences are a point of contention for many environmental advocates. Although logging can be detrimental to our environment, they are also a 100% organic material that will provide no harm to its surroundings compared to the effect that plastic may have. If you want a wooden fence, the best option is to go for something that requires minimal staining and maintenance – these are two things that can make wooden fencing worse for its surroundings. Merbau timber has a beautiful golden-brown colour that deepens with age. It’s a very oily, tannin-rich timber, which means it is resistant to termites, dry rot and doesn’t require excessive staining or painting. If you want to choose a wood type that’s great for the environment, Merbau would be an excellent choice.