X-Lab: Innovation & Sustainability

Find out how we're moving towards a circular model as we seek to reduce our environmental footprint where practicable.

Towards a Circular Model

At Stratex we’re committed to finding better ways when it comes to how we source, manufacture and import products. First and foremost, our products are designed to be fit for their intended purpose – protecting people, property and the environment. We are moving forward to incorporate circular considerations around our product offering. This shift beyond a traditional business model represents a greater responsibility for our products over their lifespan. We’re not just changing how products are made; we’re changing how we interact with our environment.

  1. Source recycled raw materials: Our journey begins by selecting recycled raw materials where possible. By utilising existing resources, we reduce the demand for new extraction, conserving natural resources and minimising environmental impact.
  2. Convert for use in production: Through advanced processes and cutting-edge technology, we transform these recycled materials into high-quality components for production.
  3. Use Product as a fit-for-purpose solution: At Stratex we don’t sell products, we supply carefully considered solutions which meet our client’s specific needs. Our solutions are designed to be functional, durable and high in quality.
  4. Clean & reuse to extend service life: Our product solutions are manufactured with longevity in mind. Through regular care and maintenance, service life can be extended, reducing the need for premature replacements.
  5. Recycle & recover for secondary use: When the time eventually comes to retire a product, our commitment to sustainability continues. Where possible, we’re finding new ways to reuse our products, and we encourage our clients to find secondary uses at the end of their lifespan. This share of knowledge and awareness helps to minimise landfill waste and reduce the environmental footprint of our products.
  6. Minimise landfill waste: Our ultimate goal is to virtually eliminate landfill waste. By prioritising recycling, reusing, and responsible disposal methods, our vision is that the end of a product’s lifecycle will mark a new beginning in its journey of sustainability.
Circular Model Coir Logs Spilltration Husky Recycled Silt Socks
1. Source recycled raw materials Coir is a waste byproduct of coconut production. Made from used clothing, bedding and furniture, destined for landfill. Construction  waste is sourced and diverted from the landfill waste stream.
2. Convert for use in production Coir fibres bound tightly within coir mesh into a log form. Waste materials are broken down into base fibres and are thermally bonded together. Mesh waste fabric is  cut and sewn into silt sock sleeves, which are filled with reclaimed aggregate.      
3. Use product as a fit-for-purpose solution Coir logs are used to control sediment, constructing check structures, managing stream flow velocity and stabilising banks and shorelines. Spilltration Husky is used to absorb hydrocarbons in dry and wet conditions. Unique characteristics ensure that water can effectively wick through, maintaining filtration efficiency. Recycled silt socks can be placed around drains and gutters to control sediment and prevent erosion.
4. Clean & reuse to extend service life Periodically remove silt and sediment build up. Coir logs can be reused until they biodegrade. Unlike traditional polypropylene absorbents, Spilltration Husky does not degrade from UV exposure. Periodically remove silt and sediment build up.
5. Recycle & recover for secondary use Coir logs biodegrade adding nutrients and structure to soil for vegetation to establish. Spilltration Husky can be wrung out and reused up to five times. Waste aggregate can be reused for filling silt socks or as fill for construction and landscaping. Stratex is working on a secondary use for PVC  mesh waste.   
6. Minimise landfill waste Coir logs do not need to go to landfill. Used Spilltration must be disposed of in landfill or contaminated waste disposal. PVC is recyclable, however it can not currently be recycled via kerbside recycling in Australia.

How to get involved

We’re always looking for new innovations and better ways of doing things. Here’s how you can get involved:

Communication & Collaboration

Many of our product innovations have stemmed from challenges faced by our clients. We believe that collaboration is key to finding effective solutions. If you have a specific pain point or idea, we encourage you to share it so together we can find a solution.

Testing & development

Research, testing and development plays a key role in the X-Lab program. By actively participating in this process, you’ll play a crucial role in shaping products that not only meet your needs but could also be used to benefit others and the environment.

Sustainable practices

Do you have a waste product which could be repurposed or could be utilised more sustainably? We’re interested in practices that can help to reduce landfill waste and conserve resources. Your contributions could lead to ground-breaking solutions that address environmental challenges, paving the way for a more sustainable future.

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