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GR Green wins green

Geoff Wensel stays dry under one of his plastic roof tiles. HIs company, GR Green, has developed a process using recycled plastic to manufacture roof tiles that look like slate and cedar shingles. The company was recently recognized as one of three regional finalsts for a Cleantech award. - MARIO BARTEL/NEWSLEADER
Geoff Wensel stays dry under one of his plastic roof tiles. HIs company, GR Green, has developed a process using recycled plastic to manufacture roof tiles that look like slate and cedar shingles. The company was recently recognized as one of three regional finalsts for a Cleantech award.
— image credit: MARIO BARTEL/NEWSLEADER

Being green has earned a Burnaby company a lot of green.

GR Green, which has developed a process to manufacture slate and cedar roofs from recycled plastic and waste limestone, was awarded the $10,000 first prize in the building category at the Cleantech Open, a national competition for green businesses.

"This is a fantastic recognition of all our efforts to change the manufacturing paradigm from 'cradle to cradle,'" said GR Green president Geoff Wensel in a press release.

The patented process developed by Wensel and his partner Robert Suggitt uses plastic recycled from 44,000 bags and 4,000 milk bottles to create roofs that look like cedar or slate shingles, but cost less and last longer. And when the plastic roofs do wear out, the panels can be recycled again to create new roofs.

The Cleantech Open is a nonprofit organization that fosters startup companies in clean technology by connecting them with investors and mentors. Since the competition was founded in 2006, almost 600 companies have benefited from more than $600 million in external capital investment.

 

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