Glass – Sustainability
It may seem surprising, but glass restoration over replacement is a smart environmental choice, as well as a good economic value. Architectural glass cannot be recycled,and damaged glass increases energy costs, leaving existing glass in place and eliminating the need for making and moving new glass is the sustainable option.
Architectural glass is not recycled. When glass is removed from a building as a result of damage, it ends up in a landfill. America generates more waste every year, growing in only 10 years from 247 million tons of non-hazardous waste to 409 million tons.
In addition, the energy costs of manufacturing and transporting new pieces of glass are enormous. Pollution emitted by glass manufacturing facilities includes CO2 from burning fossil fuels, NOx and SOx air pollution, dust, noise pollutions, and water pollution. Truck transportation contributes to air, noise, and water pollution, and diesel particulate matter is especially problematic for human health. Concerns have been raised about the effect of transportation on the environment, particularly as part of the debate on global warming.
The Stuart Dean Company is committed to sustainable practices throughout its business. See our Sustainability Statement for details.