Outdoor Living – Eco-Friendly Paving

recycled rubber paver stepping stone

The weather is warming up in So Cal (sorry north east) & we are enjoying more outdoor living once more, but due to rain and tree growth we have a number of bare areas where the grass has turned to mud.

More mud means more dirt tramped into the house and more yelling to remove shoes, yes even if you have stood on the door mat (briefly) and made a feeble gesture of ‘wiping’ your feet!

I had planned to have a stepping stone path laid across the strip of lawn running along one side of the house.

Whilst at home depot last night I came across the Envirotile Rubber Cobblestone Paver

  • Made from recycled rubber
  • Terra cotta colored
  • Requires no installation base

I was planning to buy 12×12 cement pavers for $1.50 each so the $6.99 (& up) per paver was quite a jump in cost.

However I considered the cost of my time having to lug heavy concrete slabs as well as needing to dig the stone ones flush with the grass and these are 18 in. x 18 in. so it might just break even-ish.


  • They don’t weigh a ton, so are easy for me to lift several at a time.
  • They don’t have hand scraping, toe stubbing sharp edges so I wasn’t overly concerned about digging out the ground and sinking them flush with the grass, that will happen over time anyway.
  • Fast installation- It took all of 10 minutes to drop them over the lawn, (feeling like a DIY “Hansel and Gretel”, & rearrange a few times to get the spacing
  • Didn’t tear up the lawn underneath so I could rearrange easily
  • Recycled materials

If you want to lay a whole patio you can buy packs of clips to attach them securely to each other

If we’re still happy with these in a few months I think they may well prove to be the answer to the hard ground under the children’s tree swing, I had looked at rubber mulch but it’s so costly and I don’t want it to ‘travel’ or attract digging cats!

Have you use recycled rubber pavers? Do they last? How do these compare cost wise? I’d love to hear about your experience with these or other brands


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About sunnysleevez

I'm a freckly red head, originally from London now living in LA with 2 pale children. Frankly with our coloring we have no business being such an outdoorsy family and living in southern California. I grew up in a time when factor 8 sun milk was considered the best protection available to combat the hot rays of a holiday in southern Spain, that lead to 3rd degree burns and the rest of the vacation spent in the shade of our apartment. As a family we love to be outside, going to the beach, camping, swimming & hiking. We can't completely avoid the sun (nor should we) but taking sensible measures to avoid unnecessary UV damage is a priority. How do we do that? By staying in the shade in the middle of the day, wearing sun protective clothing (that's why I created Sunny Sleevez), a broad brimmed hat, UV rated sunglasses, using chemical-free broad spectrum sun screen on exposed areas & eating a healthy diet with as few chemicals as possible & lots of antioxidants.
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8 Responses to Outdoor Living – Eco-Friendly Paving

  1. Ray's Mom says:

    a great idea, even for us in the east and south east. may try those if we can find them here.

  2. My husband and I bought these last year to cover a bare and unused area of our yard and we love them. What was once an unsightly spot is now a welcome seating area and there was barely no prep involved! Keeps the weeds out too!

  3. This would be a great idea to smother the weeds we get on the far corner of our house I think great idea!

  4. ravingreader says:

    Have not heard of these – thanks for the heads up. They may work here in West Texas. (Very hot and very cold weather…)

  5. Hej from Sweden !
    What a great idea ! Eco-Friendly paving. Love it.
    Thanks for following my blog and I hope you always enjoy.
    I am all about Eco- Friendly living and products. Have you seen my post about the launching of my Eco-Friendly business? Feel free to visit my website:
    I handmake 100% Natural goat milk soap using milk from my very own little herd of goats.
    Great for our skin and our environment.

  6. I don’t have garden anymore, but I wish I did and If i did I would use your eco-paving!

  7. Good to know about these! We have a big yard with lots of trouble spots, so these may come in handy. Maybe to border the garden as another defense against weeds?
    Thank you for following my blog!

  8. aussiepat55 says:

    I bought some last fall… I use them as a path through our dog yard to the gate to the back yard. Softer on our feet and those of the pack.

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