Walker Glass Earns Type III Environmental Product Declaration

Walker Glass has earned Type III Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) verification and registration in conformance with certification requirements of ISO standard 14025:2006. The company has also published a third-party verified Health Product Declaration (HPD) on acid-etched glass and mirror products based on HPD collaborative standards.

Under the LEED v4 program, both EPD and HPD declarations also help building owners earn points under the materials and resources category for building product disclosure and optimization. They can also contribute to other green building evaluation systems such as WELL, Green Globes and BREEAM.

In an effort to best inform interested parties, Walker Glass has also published environmental data sheets that consolidate into one document all product environmental attributes, declarations and certifications.

AkzoNobel and Black Bear Team up to Make Powder Coatings from Old Tires

Tires that have reached the end of the road are being harvested for carbon black and used to produce powder coatings in a new cooperation between AkzoNobel and Dutch company Black Bear. The coatings will help protect metal surfaces in applications, such as window and door frames.

The Cradle-to-Cradel certified carbon black supplied by Black Bear, which is obtained from end-of-life tires, is being used as pigment in the eco-premium products developed by AkzoNobel’s powder coatings business. With this cooperation, AkzoNobel not only uses carbon black, traditionally obtained from fossil fuels, with a vastly lower carbon dioxide foot-print, but is also helping to solve the global waste tire problem.

“This partnership is a great example of how the supply chain can con-tribute to [carbon dioxide] savings,” says André Veneman, AkzoNobel’s director of sustainability. “We encourage more suppliers to work with us and collectively contribute to develop more sustainable product solutions.”

Powder coatings are an inherently sustainable product as they contain no volatile organic compounds and produce virtually no waste, according to the company. The majority of products supplied through AkzoNobel’s Interpon brand also qualify as eco-premium.

“We are pleased to have partnered with an innovative company like Black Bear,” says Klaas Kruithof, AkzoNobles chief technology officer for paints and coatings. “We selected their product based on technical performance and environmental footprint, in line with our own Planet Possible agenda of doing more with less.”

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