2. Let it snow
2. Let it snow
The plastics are put through a heavy-duty shredder and turned into snowflakes. Axion says each pound of an I-beam uses the equivalent of eight plastic bottles.

By Erik Rhey, contributor @FortuneMagazine - Last updated April 30 2012: 6:29 AM ET
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