It is not Crystal Clear
What comes to mind when we think GLASS, is drinking glasses, glass vases, glass bottles, glass jars, windows, pyrex oven dishes, light bulbs, eyeglasses, sunglasses, screens, crystal glassware, glass tables, glass shelves, mirrors, …
And yet all these are actually very different types of glass.
The main ingredients of glass are sand (silica dioxide), limestone and soda ash. Adding more chemicals into the mixture, results in the many different types of glass. Unfortunately, only the glass jars and bottles may end up in the recycling bins. Windows recycling is also possible, but only if it is offered by specific companies.
Glass does not pollute the environment per se, but it requires thousands to millions of years to degrade. Any glass items that reach the landfill, will take up valuable space for ever.
Producing glass from scratch requires a lot of energy to create sufficient heat to melt the raw materials. On the contrary, when glass is recycled, it gets broken up into small pieces, referred to as ‘cullet’. This cullet then gets crushed, cleaned and sorted according to color, so that it can be used together with raw materials to produce another batch of glass of the same color. But because cullet has a much lower melting point than the raw materials needed to produce glass, the more cullet that is added during the manufacturing process, the less energy is required to melt these ingredients together. Using less energy, is not only more economical, it reduces atmospheric emissions, therefore reducing the overall environmental impact of the glass manufacturing process.
Recycle for the win!
Once again, the best and simplest solution to these issues is recycling.
So place those glass bottles and jars into the recycling bins instead of the trash. Find out if any other type of glass is recyclable in your area. Find ways to reuse non-recyclable glass items. Mosaic art is one of the most popular ones!