Portland-Based Windshield Recycler Recognized
for Green Efforts
June 24, 2010
Portland, Ore.-based company that utilizes a patent-pending process
to recycle windshields and make them into new products, such as
shower doors, kitchen cabinet fronts, and more, has been named to
Sustainable Industries list of the top-ten green building
products. Second Glass president and founder Ron Sunderholm thought
of the idea for recycling windshields when he had his own windshield
replaced several years ago and was bothered by the fact that the
glass was headed for the dumpsterso he decided to do something
"I looked in the dumpster and I wondered, what do they do
with these?" he recalls. "I thought, this can't be happening,
and then I thought of a lot of different applications. That was
back in 2000." (CLICK
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Sunderholm continues to await the patent for his recycling process,
which he notes is a cold process and is green in itself, and he
says the recycled windshield products have become popular among
homeowners looking to remodel.
People are ordering partitions, dividers, kitchen cabinet
fronts, he says.
Second Glasss newest product in development is a frameless
shower made from recycled windshields.
These walk-in type showers are getting kind of popular, so
rather than creating a shower enclosure, I came up with an idea
of hanging sheets of finished windshields and suspending them,
he says. It saves a lot of money, and this way its just
sheets of glass and we clamp them at the top and suspend them with
He adds, Right now Ive got three people working on
Sunderholm continues working with four glass shops in the Portland
area to obtain their discarded glass, but also is working to license
glazing contractors across the United States to provide a similar
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