Sustainability is central in DEX’s corporate culture – not because it’s a marketing trend or an attention-getter. Instead, we at DEX have always believed that conducting our business responsibly was the right thing to do and the best way to grow as a company.
Through synergistic business relationships, we have always carefully managed the important aspects of production from material sourcing to on-site operations and to waste management.
As a product, DEXterra™ material has been produced since our inception in 1999; only recently has it been branded. It is comprised of decorative aggregates that are mixed in with a cement binder and then exposed and polished with industrial diamond polishing equipment. Our primary decorative aggregates are post-consumer recycled glass, from locally collected recycled bottles hailing from Atlanta restaurants and even participation from our neighbors. Since the bottles are simply cleaned, crushed, and mixed into a proprietary blend of cement binder, pozzolans, sand, and fiber, only a small amount of energy is used in producing DEXterra™, and thus the glass bottles’ second life. DEXterra™ really is as green as it gets.
Dexterity™ is a polished concrete comprised of cement, post-industrial recycled plastic, and fiber. It is much lighter in weight than traditional concrete and extremely versatile in range of applications and uses.
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FACILITIES & WORK ENVIRONMENT
Our facilities are designed & managed to reduce consumption and provide a better working environment. Abundant natural daylight streams through the huge skylights placed throughout the building.
The water heaters and heat systems are lowered during off hours. The large open spaces provide employees with fresh air and uncluttered work spaces. The nearby MARTA station provides easy access to mass-transit into the city.
DEX takes advantage of the local resources available for post consumer and post industrial glass, recycled post industrial plastic, pallets, and subcontracting for specialty wood- working, metalworking, and CNC all within the same industrial complex.
We use high-purity white silica fume pozzolin to displace a portion of cement in our concrete. Silica fume is collected as a byproduct from other industrial processes and, as such, is being diverted from a landfill. It reduces the amount of cement we need to use and enhances important characteristics of the final product.
We divert, recycle, or reuse as much as possible, but we obviously generate plenty of hardened concrete that we can’t use. Through another local partnership, this material is collected and hauled off for use in larger scale architectural and roadbed construction projects.
DEX follows many procedures that reduce waste in many of our processes. Our gray water, for example, is filtered and then returned for use in portions of our manufacturing. This alone has reduced our water usage by 1000+ gallons a day. By processing our materials intelligently, we mitigate waste typical of sheet goods such as marble. By premixing five of our raw materials into one blend, we have reduced our transportation costs and packaging needs.