With BRIDJIT Curb Ramps, You Don’t Have To Worry About Fake Recycled Rubber
Did you know that rubber production is horrible for the environment? For one, it contributes to deforestation. Rubber is a very widely used material, so some people believe that producing new rubber is a necessary evil. It doesn’t have to be the case, though! There’s an easy way to avoid contributing to deforestation through rubber production. All you need to do is buy products that contain recycled rubber whenever possible.
There’s a problem, though. Not every product that claims to contain recycled rubber actually contains recycled rubber. In fact, some knockoff curb ramps never use recycled rubber. The good news is there are ways to figure out if you’re using recycled rubber or “fake” recycled rubber. Read on to find out how.
1. Find Out Where The Product Is Manufactured
It matters a lot where the product is manufactured. Each country imposes its own set of regulations for making claims about the source of the materials. For example, the USA imposes civil liability and financial penalties upon companies that make false claims about the source of their rubber.
The USA’s stringent regulations are written in the customer’s favor. In the USA, no company with a product containing a mix of new and recycled rubber can call it “recycled rubber”. Yet, this is not the case in other countries. Many other countries don’t even have regulations in place for those kinds of false claims. So manufacturers in other countries commonly claim that their products are made from recycled rubber. Yet, those products actually contain virgin rubber as filler.
The best way to ensure that you’re getting recycled rubber is to buy from a reputable company that does all its manufacturing within the USA. At BRIDJIT, we’re proud to say that all our rubber curb ramps are 100% made in the USA. And, yes, our curb ramps are made from recycled rubber.
It’s important to note that not all companies that do their manufacturing within the USA follow the rules. Most of them do, but not all of them. Luckily, there’s another easy way to identify fake recycled rubber.
2. Smell The Product
Sometimes all it takes is a whiff to identify fake rubber. If you receive a curb ramp or other product that’s supposedly made out of recycled rubber, and it smells like rubber, the company’s claim is fake news.
In the USA, recycled rubber is mostly made from old tires. You may have noticed that tires lose their unique rubber smell after a few weeks of normal use. The smell is even further dissipated during the recycling process. So recycled rubber doesn’t have that “new rubber” smell.
Are you unsure if the company is honest about using recycled rubber in their products? Check their return policy. If they have a good return policy, you can order their product and then return it if it smells like new rubber.