Reclaimed Rigid Foam-Board Insulation: How Green Is It?
Most posts about using reclaimed (sometimes referred to as recycled) rigid foam are about the cost, quality, performance or practicality of the product. I would love to hear some readers thoughts about the philosophy/responsibility of using it.
All of Martin’s writing has made me think about embodied energy as much as energy reduction. As I plan a renovation (feeling bad about throwing away parts of my house) I am considering using reclaimed rigid foam as one of the inputs. I have already used some in the past but only for cost reasons. Given what we know, I doubt I would buy new foam over other more environmentally friendly material, but what about reclaimed?
If enough people buy reclaimed foam, does it create enough market pressure for manufacturers to make more new stuff?
Is there so much available that it’s simply a matter or keeping it out of a landfill by using it in my house?
Would using a reclaimed foam be considered more environmentally friendly than using new “greener” materials?
Does it send the wrong message to the marketing department of Dupont that people really want foam boards?
Is the scope of this particular use-case so small that it really doesn’t matter?
For the diehard environmentalist, is anything really too small to not be worth debating?
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