Thursday, October 30, 2008

Put the Whole World In Your Hands with Recycled Glass

Every month, Americans toss out enough glass bottles and jars to fill up a giant skyscraper. All of these jars are recyclable. The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle can run a 100-watt light bulb for four hours. It also causes 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution than when a new bottle is made from raw materials.

A modern glass bottle would take 4000 years or more to decompose -- and even longer if it's in the landfill. Mining and transporting raw materials for glass produces about 385 pounds of waste for every ton of glass that is made. If recycled glass is substituted for half of the raw materials, the waste is cut by more than 80%.

You don't need to use virgin glass for your promotions. Among our favorites is a wonderful line of recycled glass globes produced here in Northern California. These beautiful promotional gifts let you put the whole world in your hand. Made entirely from recycled glass, with geographically accurate natural earth colored continents, you can put a small logo or message on them. They range in from marble size to small desktop sphere - or about 1/300 millionth scale models of earth.  Small things can teach big lessons.