Yes, we need to ‘rebuild a resilient America’. In fact, we must remodel our cities so they can absorb economic and environmental shocks and stresses — and flourish.
The question is, how?
We cannot rebuild a resilient America by using the same 100+ year old carbon intensive materials crumbling in our roads, bridges and seawalls. A ‘take-make-waste’ approach to earth’s resources is not sustainable. And linear thinking cannot solve today’s complex economic and ecological challenges. It is time for a new approach.
A circular economy is one that designs out waste and pollution, keeps products and materials in use, and regenerates natural systems.
These principles deeply inform our work.
Glass, for example, is endlessly recyclable. Despite this, 70% of post-consumer glass (8 MMt) gets landfilled each year. And those landfills are the third largest source of methane emissions generated by human activity in the US.
Cities are abandoning their glass recycling programs over profitability concerns and challenges finding effective end markets for the material.
Our solution is circular.
In advanced manufacturing facilities called Regional Upcycling Mills (RUMs), we upcycle post-consumer glass into high value planet saving materials called ECMs (Engineered Cellular Magmatics).
RUMs kickstart the circular economy:
Today’s waste streams are a sad legacy of the industrial revolution. With the help of and proprietary AI and more, we’re mining them to make cities more resilient.
Our vision is a world without waste.
GlassWRX is just the beginning.
— Philip Galland
The GlassWRX founders and principals are the inventors of ECM technology, the foremost experts in ECM production, and the very markets GlassWRX products are disrupting.
We have hand-picked our leadership from the sectors, markets and industries in which we operate. Our advisors are a veritable “who’s who” of glass chemistry, ceramics, materials science, and environmental engineering.
In short, we are a group of like-minded innovators, scientists, systems thinkers, and problem-solvers.
We see a world without waste. If you share that vision, join us. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
June 21. GlassWRX begins production of Engineered Cellular Magmatics in our founding RUM (Regional Upcycling Mill) in Beaufort, South Carolina.
May. GlassWRX is prime awardee of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to upcycle Municipal Solid Waste Incineration (MWSI) ash into valuable ECM products.
June. GlassWRX signs Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with Savannah River National Laboratory.
July. GlassWRX files its first patent for Engineered Cellular Magmatics
March. Silica Dynamics, the company formed by Philip Galland, Robert Hust and Gert Nielsen, merges with GlassWRX.
January. The first Engineered Cellular Magmatic is manufactured with a rented kiln.
October. Silica Dynamics becomes Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy co-awardee to innovate extremely durable concretes that mimic Roman architectural and marine concretes.
October. REA Investments, GlassWRX investor, purchases plot in Beaufort, South Carolina; site of the GlassWRX founding Regional Upcycling Mill.
August. GlassWRX, LLC is formed.
June. Silica Dynamics is formed by Philip Galland, Robert Hust and Gert Nielsen.