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How Geotextiles support the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s)

The use of geosynthetics supports the UN sustainability goals by increasing the resilience of infrastructures, by reducing waste, and by contributing to climate action efforts as outlined below.

Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure: Geotextiles can be used to reinforce roads and other infrastructure, helping to reduce construction and maintenance costs, and extend their service life.

Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities: The use of geotextiles can help prevent erosion and landslides, decreasing the risk of damage to buildings and other structures in urban areas.

Goal 13: Climate Action: Geotextiles can be used in soil stabilisation and erosion control projects to minimise the impact of climate-related events such as storms and flooding.

Coastal protection of Umdloti Beach, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Geosynthetic Sand Containers (GSC-bags) offer the perfect soft solution to protect coasts and river embankments from erosion.

The robust fabric combination of an effective filter fabric, needle-punched together with a coarse cover layer that entraps sand, offers high resistance against abrasion from wave actions and blends in perfectly with the natural environment.

The porous structure of GSC’s absorbs wave energy and reduces the negative effect of wave deflection associated with conventional, rigid structures. This robust material reduces the risk of hydraulic pressure build-up behind the structure, thus preventing stability failures.

GSC’s can be filled with local sand, minimizing the environmental impact related to the extraction and transport of gravel and rocks, materials which are increasingly scarce.

GSC’s are highly effective in the construction of dependable protection structures for coastal safety, erosion control, dune revetments and slope stabilization, as well as for emergency protection in floods


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