Recycled ‘Second Glass’ panels made of broken windshields

Although many car parts enjoy second lives in other vehicles, broken windshields are doomed to go straight to the landfill, until now that is. Portland-based company Second Glass has created a cold melted recycling process that is turning broken windshields into new glass panels for architectural use.

The glass panels can be framed, hung, colored or tinted to fit nearly any interior design use. The glass panels are cheaper to produce than new glass, as well as being easier to clean and produce. For projects under the LEED-NC designation, Second Glass panels could potentially contribute to achieving MR3 and MR4 credits, which reward recycled materials.

As a result of their production process, the glass panels have a unique cracked or scratched appearance, which lends visual interest and appeal. The panels would fit in with many different types of design, thus guaranteeing a large market for Second Glass. And, with the number of cars on the road today, they’ve got a lot of windshields to use up.

Second Glass, via Jetson Green

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Steve holds a degree in Environmental Engineering Technology from Humber College in Toronto, is a LEED Accredited Professional and a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor. He currently lives in Victoria BC and works as a green building consultant specializing in residential projects.


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