The Green Scene: Ice Stone

3:05 p.m. Ice Stone

The Brooklyn Navy Yard is a fairly derelict place -- crass dirt roads, semi-abandoned industrial sprawl and few people in sight. But in Building 12, there is a facility that is typical of the changing face of manufacturing in America. Started in 2003 by Peter Strugatz and Miranda Magagnini, Ice Stone is now a certified ‘B' Corporation, which means it meets a whole list of environmental and social standards all while employing over 50 people by turning glass and concrete that was destined for the landfill into granite-like countertops for homes and stores across the country.

With 99 percent of the things bought in North America being thrown out within six months of purchasing (check this video out if you don't believe it), finding productive uses for all this waste is one of the central design and engineering opportunities of the 21st Century.

Since getting their start with the support of the Pratt Design Incubator for Sustainable Innovation, the folks at Ice Stone have diverted over nine million pounds of glass that was destined for the landfill. Everything they use in their manufacturing process is a closed loop, meaning that their materials are 100 percent recycled. They have a water recycling program, their operation is day-lit and 50 percent of their energy they use is renewable. It's a niche industry -- countertops -- but their story shows that no matter what product you're into, there is a chance to rethink it and rebuild it in a sustainable way and make some money doing it.

Find out about the other 255 ‘B' Corps here

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