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Monday, May 30, 2011

My Second Book: Flower Art---Call for Submissions

Please see the attached link for submission information.  The deadline for submissions is August 1, 2011.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Ripple Glass of Kansas City, Missouri

Ripple Glass LLC of Kansas City is on pace this year to supply Verallia North America with 2,000 tons of cullet (processed recycled glass) in a form ready for manufacturing. Verallia is a manufacturer of the ECO Series bottle. To date, 17 brewers have adopted the bottle, including the Boulevard Brewing Company. The ECO series bottle uses an average of 29 percent recycled glass to manufacture new glass containers for the beer, wine, food, beverage and spirits industries.

Ripple Glass launched in November 2009 as Kansas City’s first glass-crushing facility. In 2009, Kansas Citians threw away 150 million pounds of perfectly good glass. The company collects glass and crushes it into cullet, which Owens Corning Fiberglass Corp. buys and turns into fiberglass insulation.

The Boulevard Brewing Company, one of the area’s largest contributors of glass waste, has been working for years to find a way to recycle the 10 million bottles a year it adds to the waste stream.

Read the full article by James Dornbrook at the Kansas City Business Journal.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

My Second Book is in the Works!

More details to come including a call for artist submissions.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Fireclay "Crush" Recycled Glass Tiles

"Fireclay Tile, a manufacturer of sturdy and aesthetic looking hand-made ceramic and glass tiles, has declared the availability of Crush, a 100% recycled glass tile entirely manufactured in the U.S."

"The tile is produced using recycled window glasses sourced within 20 miles from the production facility. The recycled glass tiles are suitable for both commercial and residential constructions and assist in obtaining LEED construction credits."
"The crush tiles manufactured locally with locally sourced materials saves on transport and fuel costs and costs less than those tiles that use outsourced production materials."
The tiles come in 40 colors, 2 finshes and 17 sizes and shapes.
Read the full article by Joel Scanlon at

Friday, May 13, 2011

Minnesota is Creating Jobs Using Recycled Glass

Article by: DEE DePASS , Star Tribune Updated: May 1, 2011 - 5:10 PM

Water squirted and the grinders screeched Thursday as three workers at the Rust Brothers plant in Minneapolis guided diamond polishers over their handcrafted masterpieces: stunning glass countertops made from recycled windshields, soda bottles and window panes.

The tiny shop generates more than $500,000 in sales a year and diverts about 4,000 pounds of busted glass each month from landfills. It also creates jobs, buying tools from Park Industries in St. Cloud and colored glass chips and resins from recyclers in Minnesota, Illinois, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Utah.

The terrazzo-like slabs sell for $3,000 or more. Customers, which include architecture firms, Whole Foods and Microsoft, "like that they're keeping glass out of landfills," said Rust Brothers co-owner Jason Branson. It "has generated a renaissance in glass countertops."

Today Rust and other recycling manufacturers are generating an economic renaissance of sorts that's rippling across Minnesota. A recent survey by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) found that more factories are swapping "virgin ingredients" for recycled materials such as old bottles, newspapers, oil, carpets, cans, tires, shingles and the like. The rubbish is converted into attractive new products that sell for big bucks and create much-needed jobs.

Minnesota manufacturers consumed more than 2.5 million tons of recycled materials in 2010. In the process, they created 15,221 factory jobs and $1.96 billion in wages and salaries, according to the MPCA.
Factor in the economic impact from recycling suppliers, haulers and trickle-down consumer activity, and recycling manufacturers helped create an additional 21,760 jobs, the agency estimates.

Not just for tree huggers

Combined, raw-material processors and recycling manufacturers and product sales create an estimated $8.5 billion in gross economic activity to the state, which "is substantial," said Wayne Gjerde, the author of the report and MPCA recycling market development coordinator.

Recycling's not just for tree huggers but is a serious economic development tool, Gjerde said.

Among the recycling heavyweights: 3M Co.; Rock-Tenn Paper; Dotson Iron Castings; Dem-Con Cos., and Gerdau Ameristeel, which melts rusty old cars and curbside soup cans to create miles of construction rebar.

Recycled content has such potential that the Blue Green Alliance in Minnesota is urging President Obama to set targets that increase the national recycling rate for all materials and industries.

"It has a double benefit," said David Foster, the alliance's executive director. Recycling keeps junk out of landfills and puts people to work. The sources for savings range "from paper in offices to scrap metal in factories to even things like capturing and recycling waste energy in manufacturing," he said.

Consider St. Paul-based Viking Drill and Tool, Foster said. Viking recently started shipping drill bits to customers in shredded packaging made from cardboard boxes coming into the plant. It also invested in equipment that recycles factory lubricants. The new machine sifts out metal shards and dirt so the firm can reuse the oil in the plant.

"They saved money, reduced the number of big dumpsters going out of the plant each month from four to one and added workers" to operate the new equipment, Foster said.

That story is multiplied in various ways across the state, producing impressive results, Gjerde said. Still, companies can do more, he insists.

Minnesotans chucked 3.2 million tons of solid waste into landfills in 2009, according to the MPCA's analysis of county records. If just 1.1 million tons of that waste was processed, it could have gleaned an estimated $285.9 million in material sales and thousands more jobs for the state. "Instead, we actually spent $200 million to basically throw it away," Gjerde said. "That's miserable."

Green jobs growing.

Foster agreed there is more people can do. "Our current national recycling rate for solid waste is approximately 33 percent. Increasing that to 75 percent would create 1.1 million new jobs with over half of those in manufacturing."

Mark Phillips, Minnesota's new commissioner of the Department of Employment and Economic Development, said many people only think of "green jobs" as relating to work on biofuels or energy savings.
"But jobs are being added because of recycling efforts in manufacturing. These are things we should be encouraging," he recently told an audience at a conference at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute.

Phillips, who worked at Kraus Anderson construction until joining the department in February, said the firm is currently building a plant in Florida that will recycle car batteries from Minnesota and other states. Recovered metal plates, rubber, and acids will be reused in new batteries. "In the old days, batteries created big pollution," Phillips said. Now, "they are a huge green job [creators]."

Consider By-the-Yard. The Jordan, Minn., company melts tons of plastic from old milk jugs to fashion "lumber," Adirondack chairs, patio tables and park benches that are sold around the country and featured in home and garden shows.

Bedford Technology in Worthington, Minn., has been making plastic benches and playgrounds for 17 years. But four years ago, it started converting post-consumer plastic into thick, 24-foot boards. Today they are used to make commercial boat piers, pylons and ship bumpers in the Great Lakes, East Coast and Hawaii. The company's boards are also used in locks and dams in Louisiana.

The boards started as curbside recycled milk jugs, soap bottles and "anything else made with the No. 2 high-density polyethylene plastic," said CEO Brian Larsen.

"Every year we've had continued growth, even in the bad years of 2008 and 2009," he said. "There's a green movement going on and more people really want to use recycled products. Of course that falls right into our laps. We have added people."

Back in Minneapolis, at the Rust Brothers plant, Branson pointed out 48 white buckets lined up on industrial shelves, each holding 50 pounds of sparkling glass chips.

"For a couple of average kitchens we burn through 800 to 2,000 pounds of glass," he said. With four countertops freshly polished and ready for shipping, it was time to buy more glass.

Dee DePass • 612-673-7725
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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Bricks Made from Recycled Glass

"Two engineering graduate students at the University of Washington have found a way to make bricks out of recycled glass that they say are stronger, lighter and better insulators than conventional building blocks."
Read the full story by Jonathan Hiskes at

Saturday, May 7, 2011

A 100% Recycled Glass Tumbler at Starbucks

The Starbucks store now carries a 16 oz. glass tumbler that you can use with your frappucinos or other cold drinks.  The tumbler is manufactured in Spain and is made from 100% recycled glass.

And it is very reasonably priced at only $4.95.

For more information, click here.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Why Does Container Glass Come in Different Colors?

The website has an informative article as to why container glass comes in different colors.

"Color Significance"

"Have you ever wondered why beer usually comes in amber glass and wine is often in green glass?"

"Brown glass absorbs the most ultraviolet radiation, at wavelengths shorter than 450 nm (nanometers), so it offers the best protection from potentially damaging light. Beer, for instance, would be ruined by light absorption so you’ll usually find your favorite brew in a brown bottle."

"Green glass still has the light protection, but not as much and since liquids like wines and juices can be exposed to some light without ruining the flavors, they are often bottled in green glass."

"Clear glass is best suited for alcohol, water, sauces and foods that aren’t affected by light."

"All of these glasses are colored by the addition of oxides colorants to the forehearth, a brick lined canal that delivers glass to the forming machine of a flint glass furnace, during the manufacturing process."

"Iron, sulfur and carbon are added to make amber glass. Chrome oxide is used to create green glass; the higher the concentration, the darker green the glass will be. Blue glass, which was more popular in the 1920s, is created by adding cobalt oxide."

Click here to read the full story.