Volume 9, Issue 2 - March/April/May 2007
pros who know
Global warming is a much talked about, controversial topic. I think we are already into global weather changes that may be irreversible. Don’t make the mistake of stereotyping me. I have been a conservative most of my life. But this issue is not and should not be political. Maybe I’m naive for my age, but I like to believe we all want to be responsible when it comes to protecting our home planet Earth.
Recently, I was having a drink with one of my friendly competitors, Mike Boyle, and he started telling me about an initiative he was getting involved in to make a difference in the glass industry. I listened with genuine interest and Mike’s passion was obvious and refreshing to me since we usually talk about business. Well the connection to the glass industry and our mutual concern over global warming and its effects was immediate. He explained to me a way we all can get involved and actually make a difference within the glass industry. His company is partnering with the group Polar Bears International to save polar bears.
A Negative Chain
I know you still don’t see the connection. Millions of windshields are replaced every year and many of those are needlessly replaced because of stone damages or cracks. Some shops still refuse to repair and convince the customer they need a replacement. This is not only an unscrupulous practice, but it also wastes energy. The energy needed to replace a windshield contributes to global warming needlessly. Instead of all the energy needed to manufacture the new windshield, a repair could have been done with little impact on the environment. And a repaired windshield does not fill up the landfills.
Yes, windshield repair is green. The industry has new guidelines as to what is repairable damage; perhaps we should consider following those recommendations.
To Your Advantage
Kerry Wanstrath is vice president and chief operating officer of Glass Technology Inc., Durango, Colo. Mr. Wanstrath’s opinions are solely his own and not necessarily those of this magazine.