Source: CTS Cement Manufacturing Corp., Cypress, Calif.
Recently placed on Home Depot’s Eco Options list were several Rapid Set cement products reportedly suitable for concrete repair and new slabsÛCement All, Mortar Mix, and Concrete Mix. The Home Depot Eco Options program, which enables customers to identify products of lesser environmental impact, requires that all brands receiving its seal of approval offer one or more of the following benefits: sustainability, forest conservation, energy efficiency, healthy home environment, clean air, and/or water conservation.
Eco Options listing for Cement All, Mortar Mix, and Concrete Mix followed a Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) evaluation of Rapid Set claims utilizing U.S. Environmental Protection Agency guidelines for Environmentally Preferable Products (EPP), mandating that items in question meet or exceed environmental performance of a typical offering in the same product category throughout its life-cycle and without significant environmental trade-offs. In the building materials category, Rapid Set was chosen due to a 32Ò36 percent smaller carbon footprint on a pound-by-pound basis than portland cement, because production of the former consumes less limestone and fossil fuels. Additionally, SCS determined that Rapid Set meets EPP requirements regarding raw materials extraction and processing, packaging materials, product use, and disposal and transportation.