The Home Applications of Recycled Glass

It is estimated that 40 billion glass bottles are created every year, and 75 percent of those find their final resting place in a landfill. Glass doesn’t break down, but clever companies are finding ways to breathe new life into old glass. Companies like Vetrazzo and Gilasi offer product lines featuring recycled glass from soda and wine bottles, post-industrial waste and even demolished buildings. Mixed with resins, cement, epoxy and tinted binding agents, it can be used in your home in a number of ways.

Countertops of Beautiful Glass
The green movement is here to stay and people appreciate the green aspects of recycled glass countertops. You will love knowing that you did your part to keep glass out of the landfills, and you will also love how it adds light, color and drama to the kitchen. Durable and attractive, you won’t have to replace the counter for many years, and that’s another boost for the environment.

Mulch the Garden
Wood was always the traditional choice for mulch, and rubber has become a popular alternative. However, recycled glass may soon become the favored choice. Companies are now offering tumbled glass in nugget shapes that do not have any sharp edges. Ideal for mulching the garden, the recycled glass will never fade and you will never have to replace it. Slugs don’t like crawling over it, and you can choose mulch in a variety of colors.

Fill the Sandbox

Pulverized glass is an excellent replacement for sand. Transform your sandbox into a sparkling jewel, and use the crushed glass to cradle stepping stones in a stunning rainbow of color. It won’t have to be replaced like mulch, and it’s as stable as paving sand for your stepping stones.

Custom Pools and Aquariums
If you are building a custom pool and want an incredible look, consider the beauty of recycled glass. Worked into the concrete liner of your pool, the glass reflects light and adds glorious color to the swimming pool. If you love how the recycled glass looks under the water but aren’t adding a pool, consider adding the beautiful substance to your aquariums. The colors will add interest, and your fish will look even more attractive against this amazing and beautiful base.

Versatile Tiles

If you love the color of glass and also love how eco-friendly recycled glass is, then you are sure to appreciate versatile glass tiles. The tiles are available in standard sizes that can be used around the home. Place them on the backsplash for an incredible color addition, or use them on shower walls to reflect light and make the space feel larger.

There are many advantages to choosing recycled glass for projects around the home. The materials are brightly colored and brilliant. Durable and unique, they will add a beautiful and luxurious touch wherever they are used in your home. In addition to being beautiful and durable, you will appreciate that recycled glass is great for the environment. Glass does not break down in landfills, so it’s important that we all do our part to find other uses for those glass bottles, windows and other glass items.

BIO: Scott is a freelance writer for many blogs on a variety of topics including home improvement. When he is not writing for he is hiking in Upstate New York.



World Glass News: September 2012

Here’s some of the  latest updates from various sources on Float Glass industry worldwide:

1.Recycling facility prevents glass going into landfill

2.Beatson Clark to welcome Royal visitor

3.Bill Widmann is Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Guardian Industries North America Flat Glass

4.Pilkington fined for safety lapses

5.Glass International at Glasstec and Solarpeq

6.Centrosolar Glas Breaks New Ground with Thin Glass

7.Hindusthan Glass expects German arm to be back in black this fiscal

8.PPG Announces Executive Appointments

9.fensterbau/frontale india: after New Delhi and Bangalore now in Mumbai in 2013

10.Thermal Profiling System for Glass Heat Treatment

11.Glass & Glazing Contractors in the US: Market Research Report

12.Vietnam Float Glass to face the competitive pressure of foreign goods

13.Guardian Glass Featured On Two Award-Winning Green Buildings

14. Guardian ShowerGuard Glass Showcased on Lifetime’s Designing Spaces

15. NSG Reduces Float Glass Production

16. Lumiglass hits UKAS standard as Germany confirms Gulf Glass Pavilion

Glass and Fire Safety

When designing a new building, we have to comply with a whole series of requirements regarding fire safety that are imposed by EU legislation. Construction materials used for partitions must meet the criteria of specific fire resistance classes, which for some architects can feel as a brake on their freedom of design. A glass partition can provide a solution here, given that even for the top fire resistance classes, a transparent solution is possible using glass.
EU legislation
EU legislation distinguishes a material’s reaction to fire and it’s resistance to fire. A material’s reaction to fire indicates how a material will respond to fire. A distinction is made between fire-resistant materials, inflammable materials and flammable materials. Materials are divided into seven Euroclasses: A1, A2, B, C, D, E and F, where A is the best classification. The following glass products are included in the list of materials that are assigned to class A1 without testing being needed: float glass, patterned glass, heat strengthened glass, thermally toughened glass, chemically toughened glass, glass with an inorganic coating, and wired glass. Continue reading

Glass Buildings and The Environment

Here is another article from Thomas Hens on designing of glass buildings keeping in mind their impact on environment.

In our last issue, we discussed a number key factors to be taken into account when choosing facade glass. This issue will focus primarily on the environment and demonstrate that designers of glass buildings are also thinking about our planet.

We will be looking at three environmentally friendly construction methods:

  • Insulating buildings: cutting C02 emissions by reducing energy loss via glass.
  • Generating energy: cutting energy consumption by using glass as a construction component as well as to generate electricity.
  • Using sustainable materials and environmentally friendly manufacturing techniques.

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CMS Laminated Glass Cutting Table

CMS Glass Cutting Line

MARS Float Glass Handling Manipulator

AIS Securityglas

AGC Glassiled: Brussels Airport

Pilkington : Float Glass Manufacturing Process

You would have seen how safety glass was manufactured in 1930’s in the previous post. Now here’s the new age glass manufacturing process.

Safety Glass Manufacturing in 1930: A Rare Video

Found this while searching in youtube. Shows how safety glass for cars were manufactured in US during 1930s!



An interesting and very useful article on glass selection for buildings by Thomas Hens, Technical Adviser, AGC Glass Europe.

Glass is a multifaceted material that has been used widely for centuries to embellish facades and interiors. In contemporary architecture, glass plays an even more important role. Used alone, it can add a personal touch to any facade. Of course, this would be impossible without the wide range of new products and innovations to have emerged on the market in recent years. But is everyone aware of these latest developments? And just how do you select the right kind of glass for a given project? These are precisely the questions that this article will attempt to answer. Over four issues, we will be discussing the various factors affecting your choice of glass with a view to delivering a safer, more economical and more environmentally friendly project, or simply one that improves living conditions.

Key factors

When choosing the ideal glass, you must take into account a whole raft of factors, chief among which are the insulation value (Ug value), the solar factor (g value), light transmission (LT) and appearance (colour, reflective properties). Glass choice really does have a significant impact on a building’s energy performance, meaning you should ideally choose the right kind of glass as early as the design phase. Glass must also meet different requirements for residential and office buildings, so the appropriate glass type must be selected separately for each given project. Continue reading

AGC Glassiled : LED Laminated Glass in ShenZhen

AGC Lacobel: Lacquered Glass

Spray Hard Coat Glass Vs CVD Hard Coat Glass

If somebody tries to sell you cheap reflective glass saying it is “Hard Coated”, the first thing you should ask is “Is it spray hard coat or CVD hard coat?”. Spray hard coat could be termed as a primitive and is relatively cheaper, in this one the chemical composition is sprayed over glass which would be in a semi solid stage (online process). Most cases, the coating tends to be uneven and deposition rate would be poor. In most cases the coated side appears yellowish.

CVD (Chemical vapor deposition in atmospheric pressure) on the other hand is far superior and the latest. Here, the chemical composition is vaporised and then allowed to deposit on semi-solid glass (online coating) in a controlled manner, achieving high deposition rate and the coating would be even. In most cases, the coated side would have a silver appearance.

It would be a disaster if spray coated glasses which come at cheap rates are used (especially when it is mis-sold with the name “Hard coated reflective glass”) in buildings. Below are some pictures for reference.

Spray Hard Coat – Coating peel off

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News on Glass & Refractory World, week# 17

° Asahi Glass To Build 1st S American Plant In Brazil; Asahi Glass Co. (5201) said Monday it will take a step into the Brazilian markets for construction and automotive glass with a roughly 40 billion yen production base in the state of Sao Paulo.
The factory complex (its first in South America) is scheduled to open in 2013 and expand in stages until 2016.

° BHEL to add capacity for glass insulators; The Ceramic Business Unit of Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd, which has manufacturing plants in both Bangalore and Jagadeeshpur in Uttar Pradesh is also setting up a plant to manufacture glass insulators for transmission lines.

° HNGIL to invest Rs 5,000cr in 5yrs to hike production capacity; Hindusthan National Glass Industries Ltd today said it plans to invest up to Rs 5,000 crore in the next five years to set up new facilities and expand existing capacity.
The firm, which had a total production capacity of 9.40 lakh tonnes in the last fiscal expects it to go up to 12 lakh tonnes in 2011-12.

° JAPAN – Resumption of Production at AGC Asahi Glass Kashima Plant; Kazuhiko Ishimura, president and chief executive officer of Asahi Glass Co. Ltd. (AGC), provided an update on the resumption of production at AGC Asahi Glass Kashima Plant, which was severely affected by the earthquake in eastern Japan. Ishimura noted that restoration of the float glass facility for architectural flat glass has been completed, and suspended production/shipments have resumed.

° Pittsburgh Glass Works to add NC plant; PGW said it will establish a new manufacturing facility in Elkin, N.C., that will employ more than 260. Hiring is expected to begin in 2012. The new plant will produce automotive glass products for OEM and aftermarket organizations within the automotive industry, due to continued surging demand for automotive glass parts.

° Taiwan Glass to Harvest from Low-E Glass Investment in 2011; Taiwan’s largest manufacturer of high-tier glass, will gradually enjoy harvests from investing in low-E glass in Changhua Coastal Industrial Park of central Taiwan, and Chengdu of Sichuan Province and Tianjin Municipality of China.

° Magnesita Awarded Contract for Gerdau Ameristeel’s Sayreville, New Jersey Facility; Magnesita Refratários S.A. announced that Gerdau Ameristeel, a leading producer of long steels in the Americas and one of the major suppliers of specialty long steel in the world, has awarded Magnesita a contract to manage all refractory needs for Gerdau’s Sayreville, New Jersey Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) Rebar Operations steel mill.

° Tata Steel Sells Majority Stake in Refractory Unit; Tata Steel Thursday said it would sell 51 percent stake of its refractory unit (Tata Refractories Ltd) to Japanese firm Krosaki Harima Corporation. The transaction is based on an equity valuation of TRL at approximately Rs.1,130 crore and is subject to approval of relevant regulatory authorities in India and Japan.

News on Glass & Refractory World, week# 11 to 16 part two

° RAMGARH: Indo-Asahi Glass (IAG), one of the oldest glass manufacturing factory of the country at Bhadani Nagar of Ramgarh district, stopped production by cooling down its unit on Friday. This is the second time when the company was closed and workers were retrenched.

° Longhorn Glass Inc. will be back in full production after completing a $40 million upgrade and expansion to its Houston bottle manufacturing facility. The company’s main customer is the Houston brewery of St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch.

° Nampak Wiegand Glass is to invest almost R500 million in rebuilding and expanding one of its furnaces at its glass bottle manufacturing facility at Roodekop, Alberton.
Furnace 2 which is nearing the end of its useful life will be rebuilt at a larger capacity and at the same time improved bottle-forming equipment will be installed. Commissioning is planned for the first quarter of 2012.

° Corning Incorporated said on April 8 that the company plans to maintain production levels at its Shizuoka and Sakai City LCD glass facilities during Sharp Corporation’s temporary production curtailment of LCD panels.

° Magnesita, which produces raw material for steel industry, signed a deal to supply refractory to Thyssen’s factories, the largest stainless steel producer in Europe.
The company will sell 70% of the Thyssen use of magnesite refractory to Bruckhausen factory. In Beeckerweth plant, Magnesita will supply 60% of refractories. And at HKM, Duisburg, 50%. The three units are near Dusseldorf, Germany.

° Magnesita Refratarios SA based in Brazil, the largest refractory products maker in Latin America, is expected to follow the international upward price trend and increase its prices in Latin American market.

° Martin Schlaff plans to get rid of his stake in technology and fireproof products manufacturer RHI AG, according to reports. Business magazine Trend claims today (Mon) that the Austrian billionaire wants to sell his interest to Brazilian Magnesita Refractories SA (Magnesita), one of RHI’s main rivals. Schlaff, who started investing in RHI four years ago, currently holds more than 25 per cent of stocks in the firm.

° Following recent installations of DSF Frimax 7 Spinel in oxy–fuel and conventional glass melting furnaces DSF Technical Manager Chris Windle is presenting a paper entitled “Spinel Refractories for Oxy-Fuel and Solar Glass Melters” at the Annual Meeting of the International Commission on Glass (ICG) in Shenzhen China.

News on Glass & Refractory World, week# 11 to 16 part one

° Chongqing Polycomp International Corporation (CPIC), a subsidiary of Yunnan Yuntianhua, fully acquired Brazil’s Capivari Glass Fiber for $59.5 million, reports Securities Times, citing a company filing. Capivari Glass Fiber was formerly a subsidiary of the world’s largest maker of glass fiber, Owens Corning. The deal is pending the approval of both the Chinese and Brazilian governments.

° Owens Corning, the leading global producer of glass fiber reinforcements, on March 9 held the official opening ceremony of its new production facility in the Yuhang Economic and Development Zone, Hangzhou, China.

° Owens Corning on March 22 announced today that it is investing in the construction of a new furnace to expand production capacity at its Tlaxcala, Mexico, glass reinforcements facility.

° AGC: impacts of earthquake on glass activities
A detailed announcement done:

° Seeing the promising business opportunities generated from China energy-saving market, Taiwan Glass Group will invest US$138 million to establish an energy-saving glass plant in Wuhan of Hubei province, China.

° Vidrios Lirquen, the NSG Group’s float glass joint venture in Chile resumes production after February 2010 Chile earthquake and reaffirms its commitment to the Chilean market.
The float tank in the Concepción region of Chile has resumed production just over 12 months after being put out of action.

° Taiwan Glass Industrial Corp’s board of directors approved a plan to invest NT$3 billion in a new super-thin glass production line to meet market demand, the company said in a statement to the Taiwan Stock Exchange.

° MUMBAI: Vijay Mallya-led United Spirits (USL) will invest around Rs 600 crore to set up glass manufacturing plants

° Vitro SAB, the Mexican glassmaker that defaulted on $1.2 billion of bonds, will seek a buyer for its U.S. business if a Texas bankruptcy judge orders the units into Chapter 11.