How to Bring the Sparkle of Recycled Glass to Your Home

By Julia Pockett, Houzz

Although glass was once an expensive material used in very limited applications, today's large-scale manufacturing systems have made glass a huge part of our lives. Although its beauty is a welcome addition to the home, the negative side of this love affair is that without recycling, glass goes straight to the landfill when we're done with it. Although glass is inert and not directly hazardous to our planet, it remains in landfills indefinitely. 

The good news is that glass is recyclable — not just once, but on and on, without any degradation of the material. Consider some of these ideas for bringing the sparkle of recycled glass into your house.

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West Elm, original photo on Houzz

The basics: Recycling reduces the amount of waste glass in landfills and the demand for raw materials quarried from the landscape. It also uses 50 percent less energy to recycle glass than to make new glass from sand, lime and soda.

Plus, the more cullett (crushed glass) used to make recycled glass, the lower the temperature the furnace needs to reach — and that prolongs the life of the furnace.



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Contemporary Landscape, original photo on Houzz




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