A new kind of wood; and energizing trash
A couple of things. I have a column today that looks at a small B.C.-based company called JER Envirotech, which makes a wood-plastic composite that can be used to replace wood/plywood in building construction and a slew of other applications, from the making of toys and furniture to parts for vehicles. The attraction? The material resists moisture, bugs, rot, mould, and warping. It can be recycled and made into other products. It uses wood waste, not trees, and uses far less than your typical panel board or plywood. It costs more, but like compact fluorescent bulbs the return on investment comes with its longevity. Anyway, worth a look… I know there are other companies playing in this field but JER appears to have a unique approach.
My Clean Break podcast this week is an interview with Rod Bryden, CEO of Plasco Energy Group, which is building an energy-from-waste pilot plant in Ottawa that, if it works, could set the stage for larger projects across Ontario. Bryden talks about the technology and attempts to address the concerns of some environmentalists.