Plasti-Fab (Tualatin, Ore., USA), a manufacturer of composite solutions, on Nov. 10 released its new Green Industrial Shelter Series made of recycled and green fiberglass materials. Plasti-Fab Guardian Green Shelters are made by combining fiberglass scrap in the form of a fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP) compound with a green resin and a low volatile organic compound (VOC) manufacturing process as part of its managed emission process (MEP) program.
The new shelter is a result of the culmination of multiple manufacturing processes Plasti-Fab has been developing after a period of research and development. In 2009, the focus was on reducing the carbon footprint in the typical fiberglass manufacturing process caused mostly by the release of detrimental VOCs. By eliminating the use of acetone as a process solvent, the company reduced its VOC emissions by more than 96 percent, making the company eligible for a reduced air permit as a conditionally exempt generator of hazardous waste. The Green Shelters use 43 percent in-house recycled material and 27 percent green product.