I am skeptical about all of the green claims. I walk through the grocery stores to see cleaners with green claims. At the home improvement center, you will find the same. Going past the building section in the bookstore shows how popular the trend has become. When considering these claims, I consider the situation which led Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to investigate Forum Trading.
There we had a company selling $20 capacitors for $200 or more with the claim that they could reduce your electric bills by using less electricity. The device did not meet its promises. This morning I read an article in the Canadian Press about a green driveway. When they mentioned that this was a driveway of grass, but that the grass was not damaged since the car’s weight was handled by a plastic grid, I had my doubts.
After coming back from some home inspections today, I started checking into possible manufacturers for this product. I was thinking that it would some type of grid like a web. The product reminded me of pavers scene in some gardens, particularly in Europe. It turned out to be a good look. This firm specializing in soil retention had a good site to see what the product was like.
It has unique appearance, which may not be appreciated by some. I think it may not fly with civic clubs or homeowner’s associations, but it is a green product. The advantage to such a driveway is that it allows water to soak into the ground, instead of running into the street to help with flooding. The drive also lasts longer than the normal slab version. Guessing, I would say such a drive could last around ninety years, while a slab would last fifty years.
I would not mind replacing my slab with a plastic grid like this one, but I would like to check further into the product to verify its green claims. It just makes sense, since so many people are now jumping on the green bandwagon. Plant a short leafed grass (maybe something in the mondo grass family), and I would not even have to mow it.