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Burnaby company in international spotlight again
Roofing tiles and siding made of recycled plastic and waste limestone in a process developed by a Burnaby company is one of 10 finalists in the international Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge. The competition recognizes the best and most innovative new building products in the world.
GR Green's patented process transforms 44,000 plastic bags and 4,400 plastic milk bottles into roofing material that looks like. The durable roof can then be recycled again after its 50-year lifespan.
"This is big news for a little green start-up from B.C.," said Geoff Wensel, GR Green's president, in a press release.
The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute is a non-profit organization formed to turn the manufacturing of products into a positive force for people, the economy and the planet.
The challenge attracted 144 companies from around the world. Other finalists include insulations made of fungi and agricultural byproducts and another comprised of sheep's wool, a process that uses bacteria to help produce a natural cement and wall panels made of straw.
The top three winners will share a prize of $250,000.
This isn't the first taste of international recognition for GR Green. In 2012 the company was one of three winners in the Pacific Northwest regional finals of the Cleantech Open, a competition to fund and foster entrepreneurs using clean technology to address energy, environmental and economic challenges. They also won the green building category in the national competition.
In development for more than seven years, the company has installed prototype roofs on four show homes in West Vancouver.
"We wanted to do the roofing thing and do it right," said Wensel. "The product will last longer than the house they're on."
The winners of the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge will be announced in New York City on Nov. 15
For more information about GR Green, go to www.grgreen.com