Frederic Gauder, PET Production Manager at Armacell’s plant in Brampton gives Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey a tour of the new PET line that produces a high-tech foam composite called ArmaFORM

Armacell, a Brampton-based company that has been around since 1860, has launched an environmentally friendly and sustainable process for making wind turbines that utilizes water bottles.

How exactly do plastic bottles become wind turbines? We spoke to Denny Allen, who handles communications and public relations for Armacell, to find out more.

“Armacell’s groundbreaking product ArmaForm is a foam core material that starts its life as post-consumer waste in the form of water bottles and other packaging waste,” she says.

This is made from what is known as PET, which is a much easier way of saying “polyethylene terephthalate.” The bottles are shredded to create something known as “PET flake,” which is then used in the manufacturing of the foam core.

According to Allen, the foam core can be easily shaped and used in things like marine vessels, rail cars, the construction industry, and a host of other applications, including wind turbines.

When used in these types of applications, it is covered in metal. Better still, Allen says “it is lightweight, durable, easy-to-process and 100 percent recyclable.”

Why is this project important for Armacell? Allen says the company believes that preserving and enhancing the quality of the environment around us is an essential part of any modern business and that Armacell actively promotes sustainable building concepts and energy conservation.

“By using PET waste in our products,” says Allen, “we take hundreds of thousands of plastic bottles and use them as a valuable raw material instead of seeing them end up in a landfill site.”

Allen adds that the PET line in Brampton which produced ArmaFORM opened in March of this year and indicates that future expansion is planned.

“The technology and machines used to run the PET line in Brampton are state-of-the-art and designed specifically to meet the production requirements of our product,” she says. “The product itself is very successful and we have not even tapped into all the applications it can be used for so that is also very significant going forward.”

In terms of Armacell’s other environmental initiatives, Allen says the majority of Armacell sites have obtained ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 quality and environmental certificates. “We have implemented the Armacell Code of Conduct which commits the company and all of its employees to behave ethically,” she says. “We support major sustainable organizations such as the UN Global Compact, European Industrial Insulation Foundation. We also support Green Building Certification systems whenever possible.”

For more on Armacell and the company’s other products, check out their website.