Wind Simplicity Recognized for Keeping Wind Turbines Out of Landfill – Finalist in Design for Recycling® Award

Wind Simplicity™ selected as finalist in ISRI's Design for Recycling® Award for its commitment to recycling in its design and manufacture of the Windancer horizontal-axis small wind turbine.

Washington, DC, April 01, 2010 --( Wind Simplicity™ Inc has advanced to the final selection round in the prestigious 2010 Design for Recycling® competition.

Wind Simplicity was chosen as a finalist by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries for its commitment to recycling in its design and manufacture of the high-efficiency, compact, noise-free Windancer™ small wind turbine.

Made mainly of recyclable aluminum and steel, Wind Simplicity’s Windancer can be easily repaired, reconditioned and recycled at the end of its long life.

“The Windancer took inspiration from the longevity of the old Dutch and prairie farm wind mills. Most wind turbine blades are made of hard-to-recycle composites that end up in landfill or incinerators. Aluminum is easy to recycle, has a cradle-to-cradle life cycle and monetary value,” said Wind Simplicity C.E.O. and Inventor, Sharolyn Vettese, a long-time environmentalist, who co-designed the Windancer with her father Dr. Alfred Mathieu.

“Through our choice of materials and production processes we set out to minimize the use of hazardous constituents and toxic air emissions and solvents that can impact the environment and workers.”

“Being in the renewable energy business, it was important for us to design the Windancer with a sustainable life-cycle in mind right from the outset."

Ms. Vettese added that she was delighted to receive the nomination from the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industry, Inc. (ISRI) which established the Design for Recycling® award to recognize excellence in design innovation that enhances the recycling of, and reduces the toxic materials incorporated within, a company’s manufactured products.

Since Wind Simplicity’s inception in 2004, the company has won three awards including the National Energy Globe Award 2009, 1st Place Green Dot Award 2008 and the Gold Design Exchange Award in Engineering 2007 for its innovative Windancer small wind turbine.

In 2009 Wind Simplicity was also a finalist in the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Regional Innovation Award for New Technology (NRC IRAP).

ISRI criteria for the Design for Recycling® Award include:

A reduction in the number of different recyclable materials

A reduction or elimination of hazardous constituents

An increased yield of the product's recyclables

An improvement in the safety of recycling

A design that allows for easy disassembly for recycling

This year Wind Simplicity was on the short list along with Cascades Fine Papers Group and Coca Cola.

In 2009, ISRI honored prestigious furniture manufacturer Herman Miller with the Design for Recycling® Award.

ISRI represents approximately 1,600 U.S. companies that process, broker, and consume scrap commodities. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., the Institute provides education, advocacy, and compliance training, and promotes public awareness of the vital role recycling plays in the U.S. economy, global trade, the environment and sustainable development. For more information about ISRI visit

Wind Simplicity™ Inc designed/manufactures the Windancer™ high-efficiency, compact, noise-free horizontal small wind turbine (3 kW, 7 kW or 23 kW).

For further information about Wind Simplicity’s Windancer email or visit

For further information about Wind Simplicity Inc contact:

Sharolyn Vettese, CEO and Inventor
Wind Simplicity Inc

Wind Simplicity
Sharolyn Vettese
416 227 9463