Made from Sand
Glass is a sustainable, beautiful, and fully recyclable material that provides great environmental benefits. It is appreciated for its aesthetics and because it preserves taste and vitamins. Also, it guarantees that food and beverages placed in glass containers will not be stained by the packaging.
Glass can be recycled in a closed-loop over and over again is made of the abundant, natural raw material sand. Because of this, glass is contributing to mitigating climate change and saving precious natural resources.
Unlike plastic, glass won’t leach chemicals into your food or drink. It is a naturally occurring substance, that, if ground up, will become sand once again. Using creativity, there are many ways to reuse or upcycle glass. Here are some of the cool sustainable glass products that I think you will like too.
Itemerie Handcrafted Drinking Glasses
Elegant and timeless, this handcrafted glass is sure to impress all your guests. Mouth-blown in Montreal, Canada using proven techniques, these glasses are sturdy and extremely resistant to breakage.
The rounded bottom adds strength while the sleek exterior and colors are just delightful.
It also nestles perfectly to close off the opening of the matching water carafe, sold separately. The glasses are the right diameter to comfortably grasp the glass and enjoy your drink.
Best of all, you can choose from mustard, navy, or black to fit in with many different types of decor.
Bottled Up Designs
This recycled glass jewelry is handmade in Pennsylvania from antique glass and bottles reclaimed from the natural wooded habitats and rural farmlands.
Laura Bergman, an avid glass and bottle collector, lives in the Pennsylvania Amish Country.
As a collector, she has spent countless hours poking through the many old glass and bottle dumps scattered throughout the natural wooded habitats and rural farmlands where she lives.
One thing that has always bothered her though is how other collectors take the valuable whole bottles and glass pieces, but leave the broken glass behind for the environment and the wildlife to deal with.
A truly unique way to preserve the past while helping the future.
Laura has seen baby deer lying in the broken glass, foxes, squirrels, and countless other wildlife running through it. Even birds landing in the glass while searching for food.
To her, though broken, this glass still has beauty and history, so she decided to pick up the pieces and turn them into something beautiful again, in her remarkable line of recycled glass jewelry. Consequently, each piece of this eco-friendly jewelry is truely “A Little Piece of History for you to Wear.”
As a collector, Laura has prepared for each piece “The Story of the Glass” detailing what the glass was originally and the age of the piece.
For example, this Ice Blue glass in this bracelet is from broken World War II era Mason Jars.
Or this rich antique ruby glass in this necklace that was originally a beer bottle from the 1940s made for Schlitz Beer, and a line of ruby dishes made during the depression era known as Royal Ruby.
To share the history of these beautiful broken treasures, each piece comes with The Story of the Glass, detailing what the glass was originally and the approximate age.
Beautiful and sustainable, and it supports Laura so she can do what she is very skilled at and loves to do. It is a pretty reminder to recycle and care for the world around us.
Simply Straws – Classic 6 Pack Glass Straws
Glass is a safe material for reuseable drinking straws because it is nonporous and impermeable. This means that your drink will have no interaction, even when drinking hot liquids.
As a result, the absence of interaction means that the product’s flavor is not affected, and the food will keep its strength and aroma.
Another advantage of glass is that it is recyclable. Not only does this help keep glass out of landfills, it also reduce the need for raw materials. Best of all, old glass can quickly be turned into new glass, which is just as high quality as the previous container.
This makes these a great sustainable straw alternative to plastic.
Quality made in California
This pack of 6 beautiful glass straws is carefully crafted in California. They are made heavy duty to last a long time. Also, they are dishwasher and microwave safe and they include a brush to clean them.
Simply Straws offers different lengths, straight or with a bend and many differnt colors.
They also offer larger straws for shakes and thicker drinks. Additionally, for just a dollar more you can modify your straw and have them engrave it to say whatever you like.
So don’t use plastic straws, use something more sustainable, and its also a good icebreaker to talk about recycling with friends.
Refresh Sustainable Glass Recycled Wine Bottle
I think these are cool ideas to reuse and be creative. They source the bottles locally from bars and restaurants in the US. They are washed and the labels removed, the top is cut off and they re-melt the rim to provide a soft edge for your lips.
You can buy them with green glass and sets with only clear glass. I think that these are a good conversation starter about sustainable glass and our responsibility to leave the earth better than we found it.
Newly began in 2016 with five friends identifying what they believed to be a serious problem: not enough consumer goods are made with recycled content.
The friends believed that if they could create a company that makes beautiful home goods, and makes them from 100% recycled or repurposed materials then we would be doing something special.
Environmentalism has many facets
To Newly, “environmentalism” simply means being honest about the effect on the natural world and choosing to value its health over other interests like profit and convenience. Given what we now know about the challenges of climate change and the benefits of resource efficiency, it’s incumbent upon all of us, especially in business, to take a more complete view of our actions.
Recycled is more cost-effective when ALL OF THE COSTS are considered. Conventional manufacturing rarely if ever accounts for costs to clean air and water, the natural world, and human health.
Newly considers those true costs when making their sourcing decisions. They use materials that are created in ways that prioritize resource efficiency, minimize water use and greenhouse gas emissions, and actively divert waste from landfills, waterways, and other places that need to be protected.
You’re part of the team.
As of 2019, Newly is a Certified B Corporation, meaning they are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment. This is a community of leaders, driving a global movement of people using business as a force for good.
If they are going to make a strong contribution to the argument that businesses can, and must, be more sustainable, more efficient, and more honest about their impacts, then this is a partnership.
All their sustainable glass products are handmade and made to last and be beautiful. Also, Newly makes cutting boards from reclaimed wood and beautiful blankets from a mix of recycled cotton and recycled bottles.
Written by Jay Weaver, published 12/19/2020