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Are Gabion Walls Sustainable?

Jun. 14, 2023

Gabions are sustainable. Gabion walls are most commonly used as retaining walls or tall vertical walls in industrial settings such as bridges, road embankments, and seawalls. Gabion walls are often stepped or constructed at an angle to better retain the soil behind them.

They are often used to form flexible, permeable monolithic structures and are aesthetically pleasing, so they can be used where concrete is not mandatory. This is why gabions are still suitable for modern construction.


The 5 advantages of gabions can include.

1. Aesthetics

Another reason such walls are famous and admired is that they look natural and can be matched to the surrounding space by using local infill materials. They help achieve your aesthetic goals. Gabion walls can be made using baskets of different sizes and shapes. When they are placed together, curved baskets can also be used to form curves or circles. In addition, fillers of various sizes, textures, and colors can be used to make the walls aesthetically pleasing.

 Landscape Gabion

  Landscape Gabion

2. Cost-effective

They are not as expensive as those made of concrete, bricks, and mortar. Gabion baskets are filled with broken concrete and stones, which are also available locally at much lower prices. In addition, gabion walls also require less effort and labor to form than concrete walls. If you want to build a gabion wall more than one meter high, consult a gabion wall professional. On a low budget, you can have a durable and aesthetically pleasing


3. Becoming stronger over time

While most structures weaken over time, they do the opposite. As they age, they get stronger. No material is used to keep them together. So over time, the spaces between the stones are filled with silt and vegetation. This quality further strengthens the walls and ensures that even after centuries of history they will not weaken and are stronger than ever.

Gabion Wall

 Gabion Wall  

4. Fast to build

They don't need any cement mixture when building them. All it takes is a structure that is created only once at the beginning. After the foundation is laid, they just technically lay the foundation. That's why such walls are built in a very short time. They don't even need constant cleaning as they set up each row. Fast building means less labor time and less cost. Stone, depending on the type you choose, is expensive compared to regular bricks. However, the labor savings and its unique style make up for it.


5. Sustainable

Carbon footprint analysis shows that using a gabion solution can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 80% compared to a concrete retaining wall of the same height. If growth is allowed, vegetation can be established within the gabion wall, which can further contribute to the carbon sequestration of the solution.


You don't have to leave your home or cancel your home plans simply because you are building a wall. Such walls are durable when they are created. There is also no need to wait for it to dry before you or any of your family members can get near it. They also don't need paint or a layer of cement.

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