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.
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 GraniteTransformations.com he is hiking in Upstate New York.