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The Green Locksmith Explained

With the rise of green living and eco-friendly initiatives, more and more people are looking for ways to reduce their environmental impact. One way is by using a locksmith that takes steps to be more green. Here are some ways that a locksmith can be eco-friendly:

  1. Use Environmentally Friendly Lubricants: Locks usually require some form of lubricant to keep them functioning properly. Many traditional lubricants contain petroleum-based products which can be harmful to the environment if they are not disposed of properly. An eco-friendly locksmith should use lubricants that are biodegradable or plant-based so they do not have an adverse effect on the environment. We have tested many such lubricants, and continue to do so on a regular basis.
  2. Utilize Recycled Materials: Whenever possible, a green locksmith should look for ways to use recycled materials in their services. This could mean reusing old parts from previous jobs, sourcing materials from local salvage yards or recycling centers. By utilizing these materials, it decreases the need for new resources and reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills.
  3. Repair over replace: We focus on repair whenever possible as this will not only help the environment, but more often than not it will save you money as well. You can rest assured that we will use our experience to give you the best solution!
  4. Provide Alternatives to Key Duplication: Whenever possible, an environmentally conscious locksmith will offer alternatives to key duplication such as code cut keys that are done on a punch machine. Punch machines waste are chunks of brass that can be recycled instead of fine brass shavings that are not accepted at recyclers. We however are taking that one step further, for the times when keys have to be duplicated or cut on a traditional machine, we are saving the brass filings and have plans to procure a smelting pot so we can melt down and turn the shavings into brass bullion so they can be recycled.
  5. Simply Recycle: The amount of waste created by packaging materials and old products is mind blowing. At the end of every job we load all waste and packaging into our vans, it is all taken back and sorted into recycle bins. Once they are full we deliver them to the recycling center because sadly the local recycle program will only take a fraction of the recyclables that the actual center will accept. I am also toying with posting a running total of how much we actually take in.
  6. Batteries: Now there is a challenge! In today’s day and age more and more things are battery powered, in some cases it is a necessary evil. Personally, I love technology and smart locks, they can be a great tool. That being said they can also go through a ton of batteries, which is the opposite of my goals… So, I have been doing a ton of research, and testing, looking for an answer. You would think the solution would be simple, “use rechargeable batteries”, well unfortunately it’s not that simple. The challenge with rechargeable batteries is in the way they are designed, combined with the way they discharge power. Most electronic locks are designed to work with alkaline batteries. They provide good power, but they also gradually get weaker as they discharge, allowing the lock to give you a low battery warning. Rechargeable batteries on the other hand are designed to give you full power for most of the charge, but they go from great to dead in a flash, which doesn’t give the lock time to warn you. There are also some locks that will experience erratic behavior with rechargeables as well. I have high hopes for one of the rechargeable batteries that I am currently testing in my own home. They are a Zinc Nickel battery that uses an aqueous solution and is probably the most environmentally friendly battery I have seen! So far so good, almost 2 months in and they are holding charges great. The only challenge may be no low battery warning, but if you consider they can be recharged over 1000 times, along with the fact that most locks take 4 AA batteries, that would mean that you could dispose of 4000 acid filled batteries or simply 4 water filled batteries. In my opinion it is worth switching batteries on a schedule just to help our world stay clean.

By taking these measures, a locksmith can ensure their business is running in an environmentally friendly manner while still providing quality service to their customers. Additionally, by providing alternatives to key duplication and utilizing recycled materials they can make sure their business remains profitable without harming the planet in any way!