3 Reasons Why You Should Upcycle Glass
1. It’s Good for The Environment, duh!
Making new glass means heating sand and other substances to a temperature of approximately 1400 degrees Celsius, which requires a lot of energy and creates substantial amounts of pollution.
Making recycled glass products from a cullet consumes 40 percent less energy than making new glass from raw materials. This is because cullet melts at a much lower temperature.
For every ton of glass that is recycled, over a ton of natural resources are conserved, including 1300 pounds of sand, 410 pounds of soda ash, 380 pounds of limestone, and 160 pounds of feldspar.
2. Upcycled Glass is Non-Toxic
Glass is made from sand and limestone, which are natural and stable materials, and so the recycled glass containers have a low rate of chemical interaction with their contents. As a result, glass can be safely reused.
This also ensures that the products inside a glass bottle keep their strength, aroma, and flavor.
3. Glass Recycling Is a Sustainable Process
Glass can be recycled continually, while also retaining a 100% of its quality.
In 2018, 31.3% of glass food and beverage packaging containers were recycled, and according to industry estimates, 80 percent of all recycled glass eventually ends up as new glass containers.
Interested in becoming a sustainable consumer but don't know where to start? Visit the Rescued Glass shop now for some upcycled glassware options or for sustainable decor for your room!