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Window Film And the Environment

Window Film

3M established its window film patent in 1966 and manufactures it in three categories: automotive, residential, and commercial. Windows are an essential design component whether for a residence or commercial building. They allow natural light into an environment, provide ventilation, insulation, and save energy. Window film is made from materials such as PVC or Polyethylene Teraphthalate (PET), a polymer compound found in most water bottle production. PET can also be used with glass fiber and as a substrate in solar cells.

3M is a leading manufacturer of window film, which can be used to reduce glare, offer UV protection, and security. The Star Tribune reports that 3M has established a Sustainability and Stewardship Organization lead by R&D Vice president and Chief Sustainability Officer Gayle Schueller, effective June 1st, 2018. To learn more, read 3M’s US 2018 Sustainability report. The company-wide initiative will focus on investment in renewable resources, research and development (R&D), and funding community programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Window films are manufactured in various designs, colors and tints. They can protect against glare and harmful UV rays, save energy, and provide privacy and security without obstructing views, particularly for commercial buildings and offices. Window film can be a cost effective and sustainable material which reduces energy loss through windows.

Sustainability and Responsible Sourcing

The Prestige Series window film is manufactured under the 3M Renewable Energy Division and according to its Safety Data Sheet (SDS), the Prestige Series is categorized as a multi-layer optical film. From Section 12: Ecological Information it states, ‘This article is expected to present a low environmental risk either because use and disposal are unlikely to result in a significant release of components to the environment or because those components that may be released are expected to have insignificant environmental impact.’

Ford Motor Company has installed 3M window film at its Detroit headquarters, reducing glare at workstations and saving the company an estimated $57,000.00 a year in energy costs.

In addition, 3M has developed solar film technology such as the Ultra Barrier Solar Film, which is made from flexible Copper, Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGS), Cadmium Telluride (CdTe), and Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) solar modules. The Ultra Barrier Solar film is engineered to replace glass on solar panels.

For the residential market, value, energy efficiency, and security are important to consumers. Window film is a sustainable material, which can ensure privacy, deflect harmful UV rays (up to 99.9%), and reduce your energy costs. Window film can also replace the need for blinds and drapes, offering an alternative to homeowners and designers. 3M has a wide distribution network in US and EU of authorized window tinting installers and dealers. It is worth considering a sustainable material such as window film for your home or business. Consumers can also feel confident that 3M window film products are backed by the company’s 10-year warranty. For more information on how to maximize your sustainability impact give us a call on (954) 960-0212.

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