ISSUE 92  |  Tree Huggers

Green Your Driveway with Permeable Concrete Pavers

October 01, 2013 5:00 PM

BY Erin Boyle

This just in: a driveway material you don’t have to feel guilty about.

Choosing paving material for a driveway can be a difficult choice, and not just because of the aesthetics. If you take environmental considerations into account, you’ll realize that most traditional paving materials such as asphalt and concrete are impermeable, meaning rainwater can’t drain into the ground. Impermeable surfaces contribute to flooding and sewer storm system overload.

Eco-friendly paving materials are permeable. (See Janet’s roundup of Eco-friendly Paving Solutions.) Common options include gravel, oyster shells, pervious concrete, and thanks to Belgian designers Zangra, pavers designed with room enough for the grass to grow. No surprise, they’re pretty, too. 

Above: Zangra Grass Pavers are specially designed to leave room for grass to grow up around them. Available for 36 â‚¬ per square meter. 

Above: Installation in progress. For more details and ordering information, visit Zangra

Now, for making that Eco-Friendly Lawn