Modern society is more concerned with the environment than any other society in the history of the modern Western world. Part of the reason why there is more concern about the environment and mankind’s impact on the environment is the fact that for the first time in history mankind has reached a level of technological advancement where they are able to damage the earth beyond repair. Additionally, for the first time in human history, mankind has reached a point where they are able to identify the invisible damage that the processes used to manufacture and distribute products is having on the planet.
There is a new social consciousness that can be felt around the world. People realize that if they did not take action now, the world they will leave for their children will not be a beautiful one. As a result, there have been many initiatives that have been enacted to produce products and energy in a clean, efficient, and reusable way.
There are two industries where this push for environmentally friendly procedures are really being felt. One is the construction industry, and the other is transportation.
In home construction, a lot of emphasis has been placed on using recycled products. For example, some of the most popular roofing options include metal roofs and slate roofs. Slate roofs are popular because their longevity means that they do not need to be replaced. And since they are made from a natural material, when they do need to be replaced, they have no negative impact on the environment.
Metal roofs are basically made from recycled material. When a metal roof reaches the end of its life, it can be recycled 100 percent. In addition to its ability to be recycled, metal minimizes the energy needed to heat and cool a home.
The eco-friendly mentality is impacting transportation. Every single day efforts are being made to produce clean, renewable fuels. The end goal is to eventually break free from using fossil fuels, which are both finite and destructive.
A lot of the materials that are used to build modern vehicles are partially recycled. There are companies designing things like flat free tires that are derived primarily from recycled materials. Automobile companies are creating vehicles that are more energy efficient. Steps are being taken to make vehicles burn fuel in a cleaner way. The goal is to protect the environment and leave something beautiful behind for future generations.