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financially viable but also fits TRI's
sustainability goals.
During the webinar, Sam Allen,
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vice president and division manager
at TRI, said, " We are responsible for
the minimal consumption of the
environment's resources and products
that we need. "
While all companies in the
geosynthetics arena are involved in
waste reduction, water and energy
conservation, and internal recycling, the
leaders in use of recycled feed streams
are Kaytech Engineered Fabrics in
South Africa and Geofabrics Australasia
Pty. Ltd. in Australia. Both companies
produce continuous filament polyester
(PET) geotextiles using primarily
recycled feedstock, principally from
single-use PET bottles.
Both companies have expended
efforts in improving the incoming
recycled feedstock streams. Clean,
consistent recycled feedstock makes
utilization easier, and higher demand
for recycled materials supports
collection and reprocessing efforts.
At Kaytech located in Pinetown,
KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, more
than 76.5 million recycled PET
single-use bottles are used annually
in the manufacturing of geotextiles.
The company converts these PET
bottles directly into continuous
filament, which Kaytech lays down
and needlepunches to produce the
finished geotextile. This not only helps
reduce the amount of waste going
into landfills, it creates a significant
number of income-generating
opportunities for the people involved
with bottle collection.
At Geofabrics Australasia,
headquartered in Braeside, Australia,
a similar approach is used to divert
PET bottles from landfills and, more
importantly, from the stream of plastic
contamination in the environment,
waterways and oceans. In the January
2021 webinar, Dennis Grech, CEO and
managing director of the company,
reported that 11 million bottles were
used in geotextile manufacture in the
first 12-month period of the program.
Grech said, " Our mission is to provide
smarter infrastructure solutions for
our clients, and by using this new
technology[,] we can revolutionize the
way we look at recycled plastic. . . . We
must move from a make, use, dispose
model to a make, use, reuse, repair, and
recycle model. "
Geosynthetics are superb materials
Life-cycle assessment is an important tool for measuring sustainable behavior. Shown here
is the use of geosynthetics in retaining walls, which reduces soils/stone and energy use
dramatically, especially when the life-cycle impacts are considered. Photo: Richard Bathurst
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and make real and significant
contributions to sustainability-but
we need to improve the areas where
our industry is underperforming and
address our weaknesses rather than pat
ourselves on the back for what we have
accomplished to date.
The sustainability survey conducted
by the IGS in 2021 and reported on

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