Over the past 12 days of Christmas it's been estimated the average Briton will have got through 18 pints of beer, three bottles of wine, one bottle of spirits and four glasses of fortified wine. Leaving behind a huge pile of empty glass bottles.
A staggering 14 million bottles end up in landfill sites each day, where the inert glass will lie indefinitely. Most waste glass – 600,000 tonnes – is thrown away annually by pubs, clubs, cafes, hotels and restaurants. Now, in a bid to divert some of this glass mountain, a Croydon-based business GLASSeco Limited has begun collecting glass from its local pubs, free of charge, and recycling it into worktops for domestic and commercial premises.
The innovative worktops, which are as smooth as granite or marble, use around 100 bottles per linear metre and offer conscientious consumers the choice of an environmentally-friendly sustaianable worktop, with plenty of talking points.
The company also uses other waste materials – seashells from seafood restaurants, crushed mirrors and CDs, aluminium or copper filings and even CRT glass from old TVs and computer screens to create highly personalised work surfaces. Varying the ratio of clear-to-coloured glass and altering the background resin colour means the worktops are available in 100s of colours.
The glass reprocessing and manufacturing process creates no waste and uses very little electricity or water, making GLASSeco the lowest possible energy-embodied worktops with a virtually zero carbon footprint.
The addition of antimicrobial agent SteriTouch®, evenly distributed throughout, including the surface, ensures the entire worktop is hygienic and protected for its lifetime as the active ingredients will never wash or wear out. SteriTouch® helps to fight the growth of bacteria, such as salmonella, E.Coli, listeria and the MRSA superbug, making GLASSeco particularly useful for commercial food preparation counters, domestic kitchens, washrooms and health applications.
But that's not the end of the good news.... the sub-board fixed in to the base of GLASSeco worktops is made from recycled supermarket carrier bags – bringing the total recycled content of the worktops to a whopping 95%. Prices start from £270 per linear metre. Full product details can be found at http://www.glasseco.co.uk or call GLASSeco on 01959 576897.
GLASS RECYCLING FACTS:-
Recycling two bottles saves enough energy to boil water for five cups of tea. The energy saving from recycling one bottle will power a computer for 25 minutes or a TV for 20 minutes. On average every family in the UK uses 330 glass bottles and jars every year. Source: www.britglass.org.uk and www.wasteonline.org.uk
Images and more information available on request. Press contact: Ruth Higham, 01959 577295. Mob: 07752 990431. GLASSeco Limited, Unit 5, Highams Farm, Sheepbarn Lane, Warlingham, Surrey, CR6 9PQ. http://wwww.glasseco.co.uk
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