Posted by Bryan on 3/25/2013
The art of drinking hasn't changed much over the centuries, but the containers that hold the drinks continue to be altered. Glassware has been the most frequently transforming containers. It’s changed yet again with the advent of recycling. Keeping in sync with the eco-friendly trend, glassware is taking the form of recycled beer, wine and soft drink bottles.
After swigging your favorite cold beer, you discard the empty bottle, expecting that the bottle may be recycled, but you never expect to see that same bottle again. These bottles are not melted down to its basic components, instead the top are removed and the exposed edges are sanded until smooth. Voila! You have a drinking glass made from a Heineken beer bottle, an old fashioned Coca Cola bottle or a Stolichnaya Vodka bottle.
Recycled glass makers vary the look a little by turning the glass upside down with the neck of the bottle used to form a stem and then add a base to create wine glasses from the bottles also. They can use any bottle with a neck to create the thinner stem. The glass bowl is open, not tulip shaped to retain the essence of your liquor, so it’s not ideal for drinking wine, but it looks classy anyway.
Traditionally, glass was blown into various shapes or it molded and blown as with crystal. Recyclers are exempt from using these methods because the glass they use is already formed. Existing glass bottles that would otherwise be discarded and added to our overflowing landfills, never to decompose (as glass takes one to two million years to degenerate enough to become part of the earth again) are salvaged to make useful items.
Glassware can take many useful forms from decorative to functional like the drinking glass. Our society is fortunate to have artisans that enjoy creating every type of glassware for our use and enjoyment. Recycled glass makers have given us yet another avenue of benefit from their wares. Our world is just a little bit cleaner as a direct result of their creativity.Find the glassware you're looking for here