01why doesn’t the glass we put in our recycling bins actually get recycled? Making new glass products out of old ones is a very expensive and inefficient process. Currently, it takes very high quality raw materials that are clear and free of contaminants. And yes, colored glass is considered a contaminant in many production lines. Sorting and cleaning the waste glass is also very expensive.
02how do contaminants affect our process? Our process can integrate the contaminants with no adverse affects on the final product. Compatible contaminants include impurities such as paper, ceramics, metals, adhesives, and even colored glass.
03will we run out of raw materials? No. Over 8.4 million tons of glass is sent to the landfills annually (EPA 2010). That’s enough raw material to face over 90,000 10-story buildings every year.
04what makes our material unique? EnVitrum’s material is multi-faceted and extremely versatile, and while it is difficult to qualify the many unique attributes it does possess over standard building products, we will attempt to enumerate the most important:
- It is not simply a clay brick with glass added as a flux. It’s truly a recycled glass product that contains over 95% waste glass.
- It is one of the greenest products on the market to date. It makes it that much easier for green building professionals seeking to earn more LEED points in more categories.
- It has unsurpassed capillary suction forces. There is no other material on the market that can soak up and retain water while remaining structurally robust.
- It can be customized to fit the application; whether it is the size, color, or function.
05won’t your building get wet? No. We can apply standard surface coatings to one or more surfaces, so that they’re sealed. We can also adjust our manufacturing process to produce a completely non-porous product.
06how strong is your material and what happens when our products freeze? Our material conforms to ASTM International standards required for building materials. Experiments have shown that our material will withstand natural freeze/thaw cycles without any compromise to its strength.
07won’t your material break like regular glass? How do you replace one if it does? Our material contains a unique internal structure which is the result of our patent-pending manufacturing process. This crucial structure actually helps control internal micro-defects and prevents the formation of cracks. But of course under the right conditions every material will break. It can be replaced just like red brick, if necessary.
08is our technology protected? Yes. The unique blend of binding agents used in our process is a trade secret. Plus our manufacturing process and a myriad of novel applications are patent-pending.
09what is ASTM? How does a product meet ASTM standards? The American Society for Testing and Standards, now known as ASTM International, is a world leader in standardization. After formal in-house laboratory testing is completed, the results are verified at an ASTM Certified, 3rd party laboratory.
10does your material meet ASTM standards? Yes. Our products already meet most of the necessary requirements for non-structural masonry.