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Monday, February 28, 2011

Video on Crushing Glass Bottles

I wish I had one of these machines!

Monday, February 21, 2011

What Country is #1 in Glass Recycling?

BRUSSELS – Despite its complicated rules, Belgium topped the European rankings for its success in recycling glass. According to a new study by FEVE, the European Container Glass Federation, Belgium recycled 96.34% of its glass containers in 2009.

The Netherlands (91.80%), Sweden (90.36%), Austria (90.29%) and Denmark ( 88%) all received high marks from FEVE, which reminds the world that the use of recycled glass in production processes reduces society's dependence on raw materials, energy consumption – and lowers CO2 emissions.

The European average was 67%. Greece came in last place, recycling only 15%.

(*Less than a third of glass is recycled in the United States).

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Recycled Glass Carafe from skinnyskinny

There was something about the shape of this recycled glass carafe that caught my attention.  And it is 99% recycled glass! It is only $30 plus shipping and is available from the organic and eco-friendly store skinnyskinny.

Click here for more information.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

WWF Building in Moscow Will Use Recycled Glass Insulation

The World Wildlife Fund is planning to turn its central Moscow headquarters into a showcase for "green construction" and they are going to use recycled glass insulation.

WWF Unveils Eco Office Plans

16 February 2011

By Roland Oliphant

The 2.5 million euro ($3.4 million) renovation will see the three-story 19th-century house in Moscow's Taganka district encased in a glass and wood facade, fitted with solar panels and stuffed with insulation made of recycled glass to make it what companies are calling the capital's first "eco house."

"We're hoping to get experimental status for this project and, based on that, see what regulations need to be changed to make sure this experiment becomes normal practice," said WWF Russia director Igor Chestin at a kickoff ceremony at the French Embassy.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Thanks for all the Blog Support and for the Website Hits from Around the World!!!

I wanted to post a note of thanks to all the hundreds of educational institutions that have been coming across internal educational links to my recycled glass blog and taken the time to visit my blog. And the many notes of congratulations for my work in recycled glass and upcoming book have been a great highlight over a very hectic past year.

I am glad you all are enjoying this blog and was pleasantly surprised to learn it was being referred to as an educational resource on this important topic! In particular, US, UK and Canadian grade schools, middle schools, high schools and colleges from Harvard to the University of California to the University of Edinburgh and even the NY Fashion Institute routinely visit my blog (and artist website).

Again, thank you all!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Pantone Releases Color Trends for Fall 2011

Fall 2011−The Art of Color

Sensible and Spirited

"Taking cues from the great masters, sepia tones of old Hollywood, Chinese opera, cityscapes and countryside, designers are paying close attention totexture, contrast and color for fall 2011 – pairing menswear with feminine twists, warm prints with cool metals, incorporating both old and new influences, and creating an intriguing balance between colors."

“Designers take a painterly approach to fall 2011 by artfully combining bright colors with staple neutrals, reminiscent of how an artist would construct a stunning work of art,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Much like a painter's masterpiece, there is a certain romance to this season's palette.”

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Recycled Glass Terrariums

I remember in the late 1970's having a large floor terrarium with a hard white plastic support base and a clear removable acrylic dome top.  Now terrariums are trendy again and the amorphous shaped recycled glass bubble ones below are beautiful. 

Check them out here.

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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Artiquea Art Gallery and Recycled Glass Grape Lights

Artiquea Gallery in London was established in 2008 by E. Darwich, previously a UN employee, who developed a growing fascination for art over the years of her career. The gallery's goal is to introduce Arab and Middle Eastern artists to the artistic mainstream in the UK and Europe in an effort to create a bridge between different cultures.

The gallery has a line of beautiful recycled glass grape lights. "Glass bottles are collected from all over the city and separated according to colour; after being smashed and washed, the fragments are melted down. In order to conserve purity, no more than one colour can be worked at the same time. The artisans labour around the clock as the furnace is never allowed to die down."

"They blow grapes and vases, mould spiral discs and bulbous glasses: they can make anything to order.  The skills are difficult, the glass is delicate and not many people outside Syria know of these wonderful resources."

Click here to visit their website.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Visit 17 Top Museums Virtually Thanks to Google

Google today announced its Art Project, which lets users tour 17 of the world's top art museums -- virtually.

Using Google's Street View technology, art lovers can digitally roam the halls of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Tate Britain of London, or any of the additional 15 museums listed below.

Panoramic views let users explore the museums without leaving their home and high-resolution images of more than 1,000 masterpieces make it possible to zoom in to study the details.

The available virtual tours are for the following museums:

The Frick Collection New York City

Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Washington, DC

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

Museum Kampa Prague

Palace of Versailles Versailles

Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam

Museo Reina Sofia Madrid

MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art New York City

Museo Thyssen - Bornemisza Madrid

Tate Britain London

Gemäldegalerie Berlin

The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York City

Alte Nationalgalerie Berlin

The State Tretyakov Gallery Moscow

Uffizi Gallery Florence

National Gallery London

The State Hermitage Museum St. Petersburg

Glittering Recycled Glass Roads in Helena, Montana

 By Melissa Anderson

"The City of Helena street maintenance department has decided to go green when it comes to sanding their roads, and that includes taking care of what to do with recycled glass and will save a little bit of money."

"Helena Streets superintendent Ben Sautter said, "It's an approved use through DEQ and we've had a pile accumulating, no good place for the pulverized glass to go in a large quantity, so we just decided it was time to give it a try in the sand and see how it worked this winter.""

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