Eco Glassware? Let’s All Raise A Glass to the Environment
Our eco glassware is certainly something to raise a glass to! Unique and very eye catching designs, these environmentally friendly glassware products not only look very special, but are extremely durable and hard wearing, not to mention far kinder to the environment than buying brand new glasses, or even using recycled glassware. Sit back, let the sun glint off your Grolsch goblet, and let your conscience be salved as you quaff a fruity little Chateauneuf!
Here is an astonishing, and deeply worrying statistic: every year in the UK we manage to get through 2.2 million tonnes of glass. That’s twenty times the combined weight of every single person on the Isle of Wight! Perhaps even more worrying though is the fact that we only recycle about a third of that, with two thirds simply being dumped in landfills across the country. Imagine one and a half million tonnes of glass simply being dumped in waste sites – what a terrible waste of resources and energy.
Our eco glassware is one very easy and obvious way in which this terrible waste can be reduced. We all need glasses, goblets and vases, and most of us are throwing away or recycling bottles made from glass. It’s a simple equation, to turn unwanted bottles into attractive, sturdy and very usable glasses. The method is generally the same for any glass or goblet, and the result will obviously depend upon the original bottle used.
The process of transforming a bottle into a wine glass or goblet has been developed to be as energy efficient as possible. The factory where our glassware is made actually filters and reuses all of their water during the whole manufacturing process. Even the materials used for packaging have been made from recycled materials wherever possible. It is as a result of these initiatives that they recently won the Business Challenge Awards for energy, environment and community.
Each of our glasses is very accurately cut, with all edges smoothly grounded, and then melted to make them even smoother. These are a pleasure to drink from, with no rough or sharp edges at all. They’re also extraordinarily strong, being annealed for a good two hours in a very hot oven. To turn a bottle into a wine glass takes about three hours – probably a lot less time than it takes to drink a bottle of wine using one!
Of course, bottles have been recycled for a number of years, being turned into new glass objects. Whilst this is good, although it would certainly be good to see more than the current 35% of glass being recycled, the way in which our glassware has been manufactured is even more kind to the environment, emitting far fewer gasses and chemicals, and using much less energy.
Recycling glass involves melting it down, extracting certain chemical compounds, and then reforming the glass into its new shape. This process manages to save 18% of the energy which would otherwise be used in creating glass products from scratch. However, our eco friendly glassware can be created in a way which saves 90% of the energy used compared to the manufacture of new glass items.
It’s also worth noting that in the creation of new glass products a number of chemicals are released, including nitrogen oxide, sulphur oxide and carbon dioxide – causing damage to the environment, increasing levels of acidity in rain and contributing to the problems of excessive greenhouse gasses. Recycling glass means that none of these chemicals are released, and of course recycling the glass in the way we do means that not only are none of these gasses emitted, but 70% less energy is used compared to standard recycling methods.
We think that this represents an astonishing move forwards in terms of energy saving and causing less harm to the environment, and as the end products are often stronger and more durable than newer counterparts, as well as looking highly distinctive and a real talking point, these glasses really are good economy all round.
For too long now we have been complacent in discarding unwanted products with little regard to the energy expended in their manufacture, the resources being discarded, or the harm that the natural degrading of those products would do to the environment. Slowly we are realising the need to be more thoughtful with regard to the limited and precious resources we have access to, although even now too little is being done, and perhaps much of it too late.
But by using recycled eco glassware it is possible not only to reduce energy by 90% and emissions by 100%, not to mention reducing that couple of million tonnes of waste glass each year, but to do so in a way which makes it visually obvious that you are fully supportive of such initiatives.
We accept that some people will buy our environmentally friendly glassware simply because it looks good – and we would entirely agree! But for many people it is a matter of deliberate choice, trying in little ways to make a big impact. After all, it’s all too often the small changes which can add up to a huge difference. Just remember, next time you’re enjoying a drink from one of our Carlsberg wine glasses, by using eco glassware you’re reducing harm to the environment, which all helps to ensure good weather for next year’s grapevines!
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