Quite apart from making commercial sense, Reviva is an environmentally sound solution. Scrapping good metal is wasteful, costing money and energy to reduce to a reusable material. Using a Reviva product instead of an equivalent new product contributes to an overall reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. For example, the manufacture of a new shopping trolley produces about 37 kilograms of CO2 - about half of which is generated by the production of 25 kilograms of new steel. By using a remanufactured trolley, these emissions are avoided.
The principle of 'reusing' as opposed to 'recycling' is fundamental to the Reviva concept. By continuing to use a product to perform the task it was originally intended for, the cost of conversion to waste is avoided or at least delayed. Prolonging the utility of our working assets is inherently friendly to the environment.The Reviva process reduces environmental impact and waste to landfill as trolley components such as seats, end caps, handle sleeving, etc. are remanufactured into bins, storage boxes, container lids, venting, bin liners, and snow scoops.
Before we began reviving products, we had lab work carried out to find out if the burn process damaged the structural integrity of the steel. The results of the analysis were that it does cause some weakening but is so insignificant that we could revive over and over again. With this said, we still have to make a 60 / 40 split with Reviva and new products to maintain commercial output from the plant in Germany, therefore, we usually recommend reviving a product only once, unless the customer specifically requests continual revival.