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Every year 600,000 tonnes of glass bottles are discarded from pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes in the UK with up to 75% of these ending up in landfill.

For the past nine years, designer Andy Martin has been making his own contribution towards reducing that figure by collecting discarded bottles from pubs and restaurants in London's West End and moving them to his workshop in Islington where the bottles are then transformed by hand into a series of charming drinking goblets and dining glasses.

The benefits of recycling glass include energy savings, reductions in the demand for raw materials, less waste going to landfill and lower emissions. If recycled glass is used to make new bottles and jars, 315 kg CO2 are saved for every tonne of recycled glass however Andy's efforts go one step further as the transformation process from bottle to dining glass involves re-using the glass bottle rather than recycling it, an even more energy efficient process.
For this purpose the bottles don't have to be melted down or re-heated which results in a further reduction in the amount of energy used by up to 90% compared to recycling the bottles.

Up until now this distinctive glassware range has been available from a limited number of London markets however following a successful introductory period, online green shop ECOutlet are pleased to announce the entire recycled glassware range is now available for customers across the UK to purchase from their website www.ecoutlet.co.uk

The range which has something for all tastes includes tumblers and glasses made from Corona Beer Bottles, a great Valentines gift for the eco-conscious beer drinker. For the young at heart, the distinctive Coca Cola bottles have also been transformed into tumblers and glasses which also double up as perfect ice cream sundae serving dishes.
The range of dining glasses includes stylish wine glasses made from clear or green wine bottles. The Italian Mineral Water glasses feature a bobbled effect making them very tactile and a pleasure to hold whilst the remarkable deep hue of the Blue Mineral Water Glasses make a stunning accompaniment to any dinner part and are equally suited for use as wine glasses or water goblets.

"These are exactly the type of recycled products we love selling at ECOutlet. The customer feedback so far has been terrific and all the glasses are a perfect example of turning something unwanted into something classy and desirable. It's also a great way for us to support another small local ethical business and as the bottles and glasses are collected and made within a 10-mile radius of our offices it's helping reduce the environmental impact of our supply chain" - Paul Tuite, co-founder ECOutlet.

Notes to Editors:

ECOutlet is a website for people who care about the planet. It sells products that make a positive contribution to the environment and offers tips and advice on sustainable living.

Contact for further information and hi-res product images:

Paul Tuite
URL: www.ecoutlet.co.uk
Tel: 0207 2727233
Mail: paul@ecoutlet.co.uk

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