An analysis shows that raw materials are more likely than composite materials to be sourced from child or forced labor, with precursors and minerals posing the most risk. Furthermore, the data delves into the connection between logging practices and slave labor in certain countries, noting that a staggering 80% of timber from Russia and Peru is reportedly harvested illegally, often through exploited or trafficked workers.
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Concrete mixing machines line up at the construction site for high-rise buildings on April 10 in Kolkata, India.
The construction industry — from the mining and smelting of raw materials to dealing with the waste from demolished structures — has a huge environmental footprint that is often overlooked. It produces 11% of global greenhouse gas emissions. That’s a staggeringly high number, four times the emissions of the whole aviation sector.
A short film about a young, black tradeswoman who must learn to prove herself on a new job site. Bring tradeswomen to the big screen!
TreeHugger has an outstanding article on the health benefits of buildings that have already off-gassed – in other words, old buildings.
Carl Elefante once said that The greenest building is the one already standing, and it has become a mantra among the heritage community. However a case can be made that The healthiest building is the one already standing as well.