Unilock’s Focus on Sustainability

with Elaine Willis

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In this episode of Down the Garden Path, Joanne Shaw welcomes Elaine Willis to the podcast to discuss Unilock’s focus on sustainability.

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Unilock is North America’s premier manufacturer of concrete interlocking paving stones and segmental wall products. For 50 years, Unilock has been helping people create beautiful outdoor spaces.

Elaine embarked on her career at Unilock over 25 years ago, leveraging her blend of sales and design expertise. In 2023, she embraced a new opportunity as the inaugural Director of Sustainability, steering Unilock towards carbon neutrality while fostering a legacy of beautiful landscapes that enhance our lives and health and champion environmental stewardship.

Tune in to learn more about Unilock’s focus on sustainability.

Here are some of the questions and topics covered in this episode:

  • Simple definition of sustainability: meeting our own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
  • Areas Elaine is looking at:
    • Water use in the manufacturing process
    • Solar panels installed at Unilock’s plant in Ohio as a pilot project
    • Move toward electric vehicles and forklifts
    • Investigate chemical technologies
    • SCMS – alternative binding materials
    • Percentage of cement in the concrete mix
  • Permeable pavers, joint spacers and the benefits of an open-graded base to allow water to filter down
  • Architects and designers can have a significant impact throughout the construction phase of a residential or business hardscape project by addressing the issues of embodied carbon before construction begins.
  • What is the role of designers and architects in this process?
  • Unilock was the first concrete paver manufacturer in North America to offer a Transferable Lifetime Guarantee
  • Now breaking new ground with their Sustainability Statement
    • They are committed to becoming a carbon neutral company and have implemented initiatives that minimize their use of fossil fuels, recycle and harvest water and replace cement in our products.
    • By working toward this goal, they are making  their products and company more sustainable.

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