Your Green Life: "Glass Is Always Greener"

By KBJR News 1

January 16, 2014 Updated Jan 16, 2014 at 9:44 AM CDT

Two Harbors, MN
"It will hiss, almost like tearing paper, that lets me know that I have about the right amount of pressure"

Michael Tonder is an artist who works with glass.

"I use primarily recycled plate glass. Its clear glass, but when you look at it from the side you get this nice green color." says Tonder.

This green glass cannot be recycled, so Tonder reuses it to make beautiful works of art.

Tonder explains, "The upper part of the tree is made out of the tempered glass, and the lower parts are made out of the anneal glass."

Tonder also reuses green bottles to make his art.

"I found that I can saw the bottom off and break up the remainder of the glass." Tonder says.

Of course working with glass has its risks.

"uh oh, blood" says Tonder pointing to his finger.

Being sustainable is in Tonder blood. His house runs on geothermal heat and he and his wife Jody reused their existing house.

"We've never built a new house, we've rehabbed several of them and used what ever materials we could." Tonder said.

For Tonder and his wife, reusing is just a way of life.

"I guess, spiritually if there's some responsibility we all have it's to leave this place better than when we found it."

In addition to their geo–thermally heated house, the Tonder's also have a solar powered pontoon boat.

Meteorologist Adam Lorch

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