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5 Green Driveway Tips

By October 3, 2012April 16th, 2019No Comments

It has been a while since our last blog post but we thought we would start October off right with 5 green tips that we learned from our friends over at the Green Alliance through their newsletter. 

Here at PAI we always strive to learn new ways to reduce our impact & help conserve the unique natural resources in our area, such as Great Bay Estuary. That is why we thought it would be a great idea to post some Green Tips from our friends at the Green Alliance & Conservation Law Foundation. 

1. If you have an asphalt driveway, did you know that certain sealcoats can pose a severe health threat to your family and to waterways such as our Great Bay estuary? 

Never buy a sealcoat product that contains coal tar. Steer clear if you see words like “refined coal”, “refined tar”, and “coal-tar pitch.” These products contain high levels of dangerous chemicals called PAHs. 

2. If you are using any kind of asphalt-based sealer, always follow the directions carefully. 

Only apply a sealer if the outside temperature is at least 60 degrees F, with no rain forecasted for at least two days after the application. 

3. Proper maintenance of your driveway and landscaping can delay or avoid the need to use a driveway sealcoat in the first place. 

Repairing driveway cracks as soon as they appear can prevent pavement deterioration, avoiding or minimizing the need to use sealcoats. 

4. If you are planning to install a new driveway, consider using a material other than asphalt. 

Alternative surfaces such as gravel or porous pavement are great options as none of these require the use of sealants. Porous pavement also is a great way to reduce storm water pollution, one of the greatest threats to our coastal waters. 

5. Lend your voice to protecting our Great Bay estuary! 

The Great Bay estuary is facing serious threats and we need your help to protect it. Lend your voice by signing an online Rescue Great Bay petition here. Help keep the Great Bay thriving! 

As always, stop by our website in another few weeks for our next post!