Did you know?
For every ton of broken glass added, 1.2 tons of raw materials can be saved.
For every ton of glass recycled, the entire supply chain can reduce about 580kg of CO 2, reduce air pollution by 20% and water pollution by 50%!
How is glass recycled?
Once the glass has been collected and reprocessed, it is:
Pulverize and remove contaminants (mechanical color sorting is usually performed at this stage if required)
Mix with raw materials as needed to color and/or enhance performance
Melt in a furnace
Mold or blow into new bottles or cans.
The production and use of glass has many effects on the environment.
The new glass is made from four main ingredients: sand, soda ash, limestone and other additives for color or special treatment. Although there is no current shortage of these raw materials, they must be extracted, consuming natural resources and energy to extract and process them.
Glass is 100% recyclable and can be endlessly recycled without degrading quality. So by simply recycling our glass, we can:
Reduce the use of non-renewable fossil fuels
Reduce CO 2 emission from carbonate materials such as limestone.
Recycled glass made from recycled materials can be used to make a variety of everyday products and some completely unexpected ones, including:
New bottles and cans
Glass wool insulation used in homes, which also helps improve energy efficiency, as well
These different types of glass are not widely recycled, so do not add them to curbside collection containers or bottle banks at recycling centers.
Ideas for Reusing Glass Bottles and Jars
Did you know that the average household throws out about 480 pounds of glass every year? Even if you don’t quite meet the national average, your fridge is probably full of sauces, beverages and glass containers. Good thing there are plenty of great ideas out there for reusing them. Learn how to reuse glass bottles and jars of all shapes and sizes in simple but spectacular ways.
DIY Liquid Soap Dispenser
Save one pump from a disposable version, and you can create a distinctive soap dispenser using virtually any type of bottle the pump will fit.
Wine Bottle Bird Feeder
With an empty wine bottle, some wood, a few screws and a piece of wire rope, anyone with a little DIY know-how can construct this beautiful bird-feeder. The seeds will filter out bit by bit and once the bottle is empty, simply loosen the rope to pull it out for a refill.
Healthy Spray Bottle
Just transfer the spray nozzle from the original plastic bottle to a glass one. Spray bottles are handy for multiple household chores, but plastic can leech harmful chemicals into whatever it holds. Luckily, glass bottles of vinegar, juice, soda and other beverages with twist-off lids typically fit the average spray nozzle.
Homemade Holiday Decorations
With some paint, Epsom salts and Mod Podgy, you can reuse glass bottles of any type to create one-of-a-kind holiday décor. Fill them with fresh pine branches, glittery craft plants, candles or anything else your own creativity suggests.
Self-Watering Herb Garden
Do you love fresh herbs but lack the green thumb to keep them growing? With a little elbow grease, you can turn old bottles into planters that water themselves. You’ll have to cut your bottles in half, which you can accomplish using one of these methods or by purchasing something like the Kinkajou —ideal if you want to try out other projects that require cutting bottles. Then, all you need is a small piece of screen and a thick string to start an effortless windowsill herb garden.
Ingenious Ways to Reuse Glass Jars
Grab a pretty fabric scrap, some batting and a hot glue gun, and you can reuse a jar as a mini sewing kit or button holder, topped with a one-of-a-kind pincushion. This would be a great gift idea for anyone who loves to sew.
Cute Candy Jars
Get yourself a can of silver spray paint and some wooden knobs, and you can quickly transform ordinary jars into classic candy jars. Set them out on your counter to satisfy your own sweet tooth or make them the centerpiece of a candy table at a birthday party, wedding reception or other celebration.
Homemade Hanging Storage
For a more ambitious way to reuse glass jars, grab a hammer and some leather strips, 1×4 boards and decorative furniture tacks to create gorgeous hanging storage. Perfect for holding office items around your desk, mixing spoons and other kitchen tools or even decorative items such as flowers or candles.
Inexpensive Desk Organizers
Whether you decorate them or leave them unadorned, a few glass jars can quickly turn a chaotic desk into a pleasantly organized oasis. Same goes for a work bench, junk drawer or any other messy area.
Fill an empty glass jar with a 2-inch layer of pebbles, enough activated charcoal to cover them and some potting soil. Voila: your own DIY terrarium is ready to be filled with miniature succulents or cacti to bring a little bit of nature into your home.
Votive Candle Holder
Got some smaller glass jars you need a way to reuse? Fill them with votive candles and use them to create a beautiful, cozy atmosphere in any room. You can leave the jars clear or add metallic paint for a little extra glow.
Post time: Oct-12-2021