VAST Turns Rubber And Plastic Into Pavers

by Joe on September 8, 2009

Are you looking for green building materials for your landscaping project? Rather than using traditional pavers made from non-green materials, you may want to consider eco friendly pavers from VAST Enterprises, LLC.

VAST is a material science research and manufacturing company headquartered out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. It transforms recycled rubber and plastics into beautiful environmentally friendly composite masonry pavers.

The company estimates that a 5000 square foot landscape installation diverts 2500 discarded automobile tires and 75,000 gallon sized plastic containers from US landfills. In 2008 VAST kept 1.2 million pounds of rubber and plastic out of waste dumps. Its pavers consist of up to 95% percent recycled material.

Their structural strength, durability, and 3″ x 6″ appearance in a variety of colors make them the perfect fit for green landscaping. The pavers come in a variety of functional styles, including permeable pavers and a lighter version suited for deck flooring.

From a green building materials perspective, pervious paving is the best way to go because you allow rainwater to naturally replenish subterranean aquifers instead of blocking it through impervious material. However you can still use an impervious version for small applications such as a walk path, so long as the ground around it permits rain to fall through.

Check out VAST’s website for more information, including how to buy.

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souzann mcmillan September 19, 2009 at 4:42 pm

We have purchased 56 recycled rubber pavers for a patio in our backyard. We love the ease with which we could lay them, and love the fact that they are great to walk on and the rain goes right through them. However, they have been layed down now for 2 weeks and there is such tremendous ‘off-gassing’ that we cannot be anywhere is the vacinity of these pavers….nor can we have any windows open on that side of the house. We are concerned about health issues to do with the lungs and anything else we may not be aware of. What can you tell us about the off-gassing of these rubber pavers? We don’t want to have to return them, but if we cannot sit in our yard….we may have to. S. McMillan

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Joe Barrios September 21, 2009 at 10:20 am

Hi Souzann, are the pavers you used made by VAST? Here’s what VAST had to say about odor with regards to their pavers, on their FAQ:

Does VAST have an odor?

Some customers have reported a slight rubber smell that usually disappears after a few weeks. VAST has no harmful toxins or air pollutants of any kind.

If your pavers are from VAST and the odor hasn’t disappeared soon I would contact them directly and ask them what the deal is.

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Marcel January 23, 2010 at 11:17 pm

When laying or cutting the VAST Pavers, we too noticed a smell. It reminded me of visiting the tire store. However, the smell went away in our application in just a couple of days.

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