Why is PolyCrate a better choice than gravel? 

Introducing the benefits of the PolyCrate… The most frequently mined minerals on Earth are sand, gravel, and crushed stone. According to the researchers, there is between 32 and 50 billion tonnes extracted globally each year (mining.com). They depend heavily on transportation and have unsustainable sources, which harm local ecosystems and enhance CO2 emissions. The use of these materials has also increased over around 20 years by 60% however, we now we have a better solution to sustainable water management known as the PolyCrate.

Here are 8 benefits of the PolyCrate and what it has to offer:

A Sustainable Choice:

Gravel is a raw material. Briefly, raw material extraction and processing impacts the environment by causing things such as: water shortages, damage to ecosystem functions and global warming exacerbation. The PolyCrate is the perfect alternative solution made from 100% recyclable and reusable plastic.

recyclable product compared to the effects of using gravel as an attenuation solution.

Few Trips On The Road:

Transporting gravel is inefficient and costly due to the heavy-duty vehicles in comparison to the transportation required for the PolyCrate. Our PolyCrate is lightweight and stackable meaning it takes up less space and therefore fewer trips saving time, money and most importantly the environment.

environmental transportation of the polycrate comparing one trip in a lorry for the polycrate transportation to site to the 12 trips gravel would take to site.

Less Labour and Machinery resulting in Quicker Installation:

Equipment for mechanically lifting and compacting gravel is necessary however, individual workers can install PolyCrate by just setting and locking the components together. By reducing the need for heavy machinery, PolyCrate allows better productivity on site and reduce the installation time which is a huge benefit when working on small worksite surrounded by traffic.

Three Times More Effective:

PolyCrate is three times more effective than gravel at enhancing flood resilience because it has a 96% retention capacity. Having a high retention capacity doesn’t require a large basin. The PolyCrate has a small excavation volume and effectively conserves space in densely populated urban areas. Additionally, this also means less manpower, equipment, and time at the job site is required.

Easy Upkeep/ Low Maintenance:

Gravel proves to be very difficult to clean whereas the PolyCrate is completely inspectable. This results in easy maintenance throughout the basin’s lifespan simple.


Gravel can only be used for infiltration, whereas PolyCrate can also be utilised to store and collect water for later use.

Less Storage Space Required:

Due of its large volume, gravel is difficult to store on construction sites and requires frequent replenishment. One PolyCrate pallet takes 3.14 m3, which can be unpacked into a 36 m3 basin.

Health and Safety

The condition of the soil around a gravel basin determines the effectiveness of it. It is susceptible to the development of stagnant water whereas PolyCrate gives you additional control by burying the gathered water far from the outside conditions.

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Why is PolyCrate a better choice than gravel?