Bottles, carafes and drinking glasses…

The Emilia set

Over the past five years one of Dunelm Glass’ best-selling product ranges is without question the vast range of reusable glass water bottles, carafes and drinking glasses, pretty much any meeting room or office you visit these days will use these products, very often branded.

Why? Like Sir David Attenborough keeps telling us, we need to look after our planet and switching products to environmentally friendly options is good for us all, sustainable items and consumables are key to meet these goals.

To offer an insight into the use of glass water bottles and exactly how good they are for the environment Dunelm Glass has pulled some critical information together to help you decide.

Are glass bottles good for the environment?

Yes, but the silver lining is that — should the glass not get recycled they are inert in landfills, meaning they won’t leach harmful chemicals like plastics do. According to the Glass Packaging Institute, 100% of glass bottles are recyclable, and can be recycled endlessly without any degradation of quality

When glass breaks down, it remains safe and stable, and releases no harmful chemicals into the soil. So even when glass isn’t recycled, it does minimal harm to the environment. Of course, when it comes to recycling, glass is among the most recyclable materials on the planet – 100% recyclable, in fact and can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality or purity. Glass is made from readily available domestic materials, such as sand, soda ash, limestone and cullet, the industry term for furnace-ready recycled glass. The only material used in greater volumes than cullet is sand.

Recycling bottles is beneficial to the environment because it can save a lot of the energy used in the manufacturing process of glass from raw materials. There are also applications which turn waste glass into building materials, concrete and paving applications, in place of sand and other natural resources.

Glass bottles make up just 2.6% of liquid milk sales in the UK, according to Dairy UK, and that includes shops, supermarkets and doorstep deliveries. The company says it has attracted 2,000 new customers in recent weeks, 90% of whom are ordering glass bottles.

Dunelm Glass specialises in the decoration of these products and its results are permanent and impact resistant so the artwork will last as long as the bottle. Dunelm Glass offers bottles in many shapes and capacities to be used for meeting rooms and as a personal drinking bottle, get on board now and do your bit.

Oh and don’t forget your drinking glasses.

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