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The Business Download

The Business Download

As more states move toward wind power, an issue arises around what to do with wind turbines once they reach the end of their life cycle. A standard wind turbine can last up to two decades before needing replacing. National Grid says they are highly recyclable. Being made out of fiberglass and metals like copper, aluminum, steel, and even recyclable plastics, old windmill blades could be repurposed into other things.

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Dien dan Doanh Nghiep (Vietnam)

Dien dan Doanh Nghiep (Vietnam)

A representative of startup company Canvus shares, perfectly combining manufacturing excellence with craftsmanship, creating a series of durable products designed with world-class aesthetics. By elevating recycled, recyclable and sustainable materials, Canvus redefines the core nature of these resources, transforming them into functional pieces that resonate with design enthusiasts as well as sustainability advocates. 

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Research Money Inc.

Research Money Inc.

A dozen benches reuse about one-quarter of a single 45-metre wind turbine blade. Many more blades will soon need second lives of their own, as wind turbines installed in the early 2000s start to reach the end of their lifespan. By 2025, trade association WindEurope estimates that 25,000 tonnes of wind turbine blades will be phased out each year in Europe alone, equivalent to the weight of more than 6,000 Hummer SUVs.

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Plastics News

Plastics News

Canvus Inc., an Ohio-based manufacturer, is transforming retired turbine blades into benches, picnic tables and planters for communities.

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Energy Central

Energy Central

“I like the Faye because we have so many wooden boats on Hayden Lake,” Commissioner Stephanie Saterfiel said. 

“We’re not getting many artists,” Saterfiel said. “The artists we have gotten I personally have not been too impressed with.” 

The Canvus benches can be painted in-house, or painted by a local artist, depending on what the city council decides. 

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Coeur d’Alene Press (Idaho)

Coeur d’Alene Press (Idaho)

“The Deborah Grand Bench is built from the largest part of a wind turbine blade, featuring a circular frame, thick walls, and original bolt holes from the blade's root,” Canvus said on its website gocanvusus.com. “It offers overhead protection from the elements, a spacious bench and backrest made from plastic shrink-wrap and sawdust, and a recycled aluminum base and frame.”

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Harris County Commissioner's Office (Houston, TX)

Harris County Commissioner's Office (Houston, TX)

Commissioner Briones joins forces with Energy Corridor, Shell for unique gathering space and art mural. Harris County Commissioner Lesley Briones in partnership with Shell and the Energy Corridor District officially opened the gathering space and container art mural at Energy...

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Maquoketa Sentinel-Press (Iowa)

Maquoketa Sentinel-Press (Iowa)

"Vestas and Canvus went above and beyond for the project,” said Carrie Herring. 

Herring also reached out to Canvus, a company Vestas uses to help produce products with recycled blades. Canvus also agreed to donate a uniquely painted recycled bench for the area and to paint and seal the recycled fiberglass blades for the wall. 

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Fluid Power World (WTWH Media)

Fluid Power World (WTWH Media)

Many moons ago, when I was perhaps a sophomore in high school, a small group of us students started our school’s first ever environmental and recycling club. We were going to do big things and change the world. Oh, the lofty goals of a 15 year-old idealist! I don’t know if the club lived on after we graduated, but I do know that I definitely learned a lot about how we needed to treat our world better. However, a handful of young kids weren’t going to make that much of an impact, no matter what we wished.

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