How Glass Bottles Are Recycled: A Behind The Scenes Look At A Glass Recycling Plant!
Secrets From The Recycling Plant: How A Used Bottle Becomes A New Bottle
NPR goes inside a recycling plant and a bottle factory to see the technology that turns used glass into new bottles.
When you place a glass bottle in a recycling bin, you may not think that that same (Snapple) bottle (in this case), is going to once again be turned into a brand new Snapple bottle.
Thanks to advances in machinery and technology, glass recycling is very much alive in this country, and this video presented by NPR is an amazing behind the scenes look at all of the recycling action. Next time you throw that glass bottle in the trash, you should def. be recycling it, and this video shows just why.
As an aside, it’s worth noting that while paper and cardboard may be recycled, it has a finite number of times it can be recycled. Glass on the other hand, can be recycled indefinitely. This is clear advantage to using glass products, esp. in consumer goods.
There are many levels of glass strength and safety to keep in mind when purchasing glass.
There is annealed glass which is simply strengthened glass without any safety features. This is good for keeping the cost down, however in instances of breakages, the glass may shatter into dangerous shards.
A safety step up from that, is tempered glass. This glass is heated and then quickly cooled in a tempering over. This thermal process makes the glass even stronger than annealed glass, and also makes it so that in case of breakage, the glass breaks into very dull pieces, which are safe to the touch.
To go a step up from tempered glass, there is laminated glass. This glass is two sheets of tempered glass with a layer of vinyl in between. Like in this video, should the glass go under “extreme forces,” it will still stay in place. No glass flying in your face, etc. This is the ideal glass should you have kids or pets in the home and want an extra layer of safety.
You can even order your laminated glass on the Dulles Glass and Mirror website! Oh yeah, and don’t try this at home.
A demonstration of the durability of laminated glass with window film protection. Unprotected glass can lead to injury; protect yourself and your building by laminating glass surfaces.
Dale Chihuly is one of the most popular glass artists in the world. His priceless works of art are installed in many locations across the globe… from churches, to airports, to private residences, he continues to garner a huge fanbase of art enthusiasts.
Here’s a look at Dale Chihuly’s art exhibit “Through The Looking Glass,” which was on display at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, two years ago.
Here’s the best tip: order your customized glass directly from Dulles Glass and Mirror in the exact size you need for your project, and you won’t have to worry about cutting your glass yourself.
In the event you do want to try to cut your own glass, watch this video. Another idea, if you do want to try this at home, use our museum gel to keep the ruler or straight-edge in place on the glass during the cutting process.
Muir from Build dot com shows you how she likes to cut glass. This can be handy for craft projects or repairing a picture frame.
Must Watch: A Day Made of Glass 2: Same Day. Expanded Corning Vision
Even more interesting than ‘A Day Made of Glass 2: Same Day. Expanded Corning Vision’, is the 2nd video, which is ‘A Day Made of Glass 2: Unpacked. The Story Behind Corning’s Vision’.
It is a great glimpse into how Corning is reinventing the future with glass technology. Informative, thought-provoking, and revolutionary:
Watch and share “A Day Made of Glass 2: Unpacked,” to see how Corning’s highly engineered glass, with companion technologies, will help shape our world. Take a journey with our narrator for details on these technologies, answers to your questions, and to learn about what’s possible — and what’s not — in the near future.
We aren’t the only one’s interested either, with the videos receiving 3.5 million and 1.3 million views to date, respectively.
If you’ve ever wondered what goes into a glass art wall installation…the fine folks over at Bernard Katz Glass have produced this time lapse video to show you what 4 months of work, whittled down into 3 minutes looks like.
A time lapse video of [Bernard Katz’] recent installation of a large scale glass wall sculpture. The glass sculpture was installed at the newly constructed Endo Corporation in Malvern, PA. The video showcases the start to finish process of creating the hand blown glass wall sculpture. From the design to the final installation of the wall sculpture within the executive seating area.
Much has been made of Sapphire Glass being more scratch-resistant then Corning’s Gorilla Glass. While this video does serve to show how much more Gorilla Glass is shatter-resistant as compared to Sapphire Glass, it’s worth keeping these two things in mind: this video was produced by the folks at Corning, and it still does not prove that Gorilla Glass is more scratch-resistant than Sapphire Glass.
All this demonstrates is strength in the form of shatter-resistance. The jury on Sapphire glass still remains out, and it will be interesting to see what future smart phones end up using what forms of new glass technology. One thing Corning is excited about being utilized, is their Gorilla Glass in new curved and shaped forms, which apparently still maintain their strength!
This is the kind of feedback that has to come straight from the customer’s mouth. Our customer Joe in Enfield, Connecticut shared this very inspired note with us, and we had to share!
Dear Mr. Flouhouse @ Dulles Glass and Mirror,
My name is Joe and I live in Enfield, Ct. I just received my shipment of two mirrors to replace the doors in my medicine cabinet. As a life-long airfreight crating and trucking owner/operator, I found the packaging of the product you sent me to be innovative, impressive and with a definite attention to detail that expresses to the customer that you believe that even a small order such as mine is a quality product worth protecting and that even the little ones get the same attention as the big boys. That, my friend, is a rare commodity in this economic environment. I can say with complete confidence that whoever designed your packaging process is an absolute asset to your company. Your company ‘gets it’.
Thank you for providing me with a quality website that was a breeze to navigate and for delivering a fragile, quality product intact and on-time. Job well done sir!
I will be happy to suggest your company to family, friends and associates whenever I can. I am very pleased and impressed. A task not easily accomplished with a guy that has seen way more than my share of shoddy, careless packaging and lousy customer service. Even your insert inviting comment, and proudly proclaiming your mission statement and the pride you take in your product…printed on a classy, eye-catching and durable plastic parchment is quite unique and attractive and sets your company apart from the others.
Customer Submission: Susi Qube Game Table (Photos by Samantha Swann)
Our friends at Snow Woodworks have graced us with pictures of their one-of-a-kind Susi Qube Game Table, utilizing glass from Dulles Glass and Mirror. Warren Snow, the creator of this piece, was nice enough to share his creative design, which has since been showcased at the 2013 Smithsonian Craft Show:
I have completed the table that uses the glass you provided, and it’s now on my website.
I credited Dulles Glass & Mirror for the glass work and included a link to your website.Thanks again for the excellent glass work.