Rubber mulch is no stranger to the office, but its popularity is soaring in the United States as more businesses offer their employees free access to the product.
The rubber mulching of floors and sidewalks in the U.S. has risen from a handful of companies in the 1980s to more than 1,000 companies in 2017, according to data compiled by research firm Mintel, and the trend is expected to continue.
In addition to the growth of these companies, there’s also a growing demand for the rubber-based product in Canada, Europe and Asia, said Chris Silliman, an executive vice president at Mintel.
He said that more than a quarter of American businesses that are offering free access offer their workers rubber mulchers.
He added that about 1,200 U.K. businesses offer rubber mulches.
Silliman said the trend toward rubber mulched floors in recent years was prompted by rising water levels, more people needing access to sidewalks and the need for a more eco-friendly mulch that doesn’t release the chemicals that make the rubber brittle.
Sculptors and architects often use rubber mulchy flooring for their home or office to protect it from rain, but many customers are more interested in the products for home improvement or other projects, Sillman said.
The growth in use is expected as more companies begin offering free, one-time access to rubber mulchery for their employees, he said.
More than 1.2 million workers are currently using rubber mulchettes in the USA, according the Rubber Association of America, an industry trade group.
Many of these workers use the products as part of the daily chores, such as sweeping and putting up doors and windows.
In some states, such people also may get paid to use rubber, said Sara Rader, an associate professor of marketing at Syracuse University.
But some workers, such for instance in landscaping or landscaping for construction, are not interested in using rubber.
They also don’t have the time or the inclination to get a mulch job, said Rader.
Rader said there are many benefits to using rubber, including the fact that it doesn’t require much maintenance and the fact it is eco-neutral.
It is a more environmentally friendly product than traditional mulch.
But, it doesn´t provide the same environmental benefits as other mulches, she said.
And the main reason for its popularity, Rader said, is that people are just more willing to do it for free because they don’t think it is necessary, she added.
But if you want to get some extra work done, there are other options.
A worker may find that it is more cost effective to put up a small window or door in front of the house, Radella said.
If you want a different look for your office, or an office chair, you can use a rubber mat.
If you do choose to get your work done with a rubber mulchopper, there is a number of products that can help you get rid of the rubber, according for example to the American Rubber Association.
The company provides products to contractors to use in the office environment, including rubber mats, rubber curtains and rubber shelves, according.
Radella also said that there are some common problems that can arise when workers put rubber on their work surfaces, such a water intrusion or mold growth.
She said that some of the problems could be caused by the use of the product, such when workers spray on the rubber in order to keep the surface dry, or the product not being properly sanitized.
She said that using rubber mats is not a problem, and that it can be done safely.
But, Rodea said that while workers should be careful when putting rubber mats on their floors, they should also consider their surroundings and what they’re doing, such the possibility of mold growing or water intrusion, if they’re not careful.