Sustainable Locker Materials

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Why sustainable materials?

Locker’s are something which can be found almost everywhere educational institutes, industries, fitness centres etc. and using the traditional materials like metal or wood have problems associated with them and also impose a huge demand on use of raw material for manufacturing.

Hence we need something which is economical, environment friendly and does not pose any problem through its life.

The answer to the problem is High Density Polyethylene (HDPE).

Let’s see how!!

What is Locker?

It is something which is used to store clothes or other items of utility and keep them safe from others.

Classification

It can be classified based on the following:

  • Style
    • Standard
    • Z-locker
    • Athletic
    • Utility
    • Cubbies
    • Emergency
  • Bank size
  • Tiers
  • Locking options
  • Venting options
    • Horizontal
    • Lattice mesh
    • Full lattice mesh
    • Full lattice mesh side venting
  • Dimensions
  • Color
  • Accessorize
  • Top

Materials

Un till  now the most common materials used for lockers was metals or wood but with the emerging technologies a new material developed is High Density Polyethylene(HDPE) which is a lot better than the traditionally used materials.

Why HDPE?

  • Resistant to rusting unlike metal
  • No need of painting
  • Easily get rid of Graffiti
  • Termite resistant unlike wood
  • Water resistant
  • Lightweight
  • Made from recycled materials
  • Has a long life
  • Low maintenance
  • No landfilling is required at the end of life
  • Holds a credit in LEED certification

Feasibility

Though the installation cost of HDPE lockers may seem to be high compare to that of metal or wood but over a life of 20 years we will see that a huge maintenance cost(painting, removing dents etc.) is incurred where as it is negligible for HDPE lockers making it a better option both economically and environmentally.

 

 

 

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