The May River

If there’s one thing we like beside glass, it’s water.  Here are a couple of photos of the May River taken a few steps from our studios in Bluffton.  Who wouldn’t be inspired by colors and scenery like this?

The May River, Sunset
Sunset on the May RiverMoon rise over the May River.

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Why is Glass Green?

Source: Flickr, Slumped Green Glass by salient913

Believe it or not, this is a relatively common question we get about glass. While most glass is tranparent when it’s thin, the thicker glass gets, the more it takes on a green tinge.  Why?  Ordinary glass, which is made of a soda-lime base (no petroleum required in this material), contains iron-oxide.  For those of you into the chemical side, that’s FeO, also called ferris oxide. When thin, you don’t notice any color, but as this ordinary glass gets thicker, it takes on a green tinge from the iron-oxide impurities which are common.  Now, certain green soda or wine bottles you see take on that green hue thanks to the iron oxide, but also to the addition of chromium-oxide which makes it even more colorful.  On the opposite side, if you want to take out the green tinge to ordinary glass, you can add magesium-oxide. 

And who said chemistry wasn’t fun?

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A Traveler’s Perspective on Bluffton, South Carolina

We love living in Bluffton, S.C. – it’s located right along the coast near Hilton Head and along the May River. Our studios are right along the May River, a near perfect inspiration for our art. Recently, travel expert Eric Hastings to tour our hometown for brief tour. Check it out.

And if you’re ever in Hilton Head, send us an email and step over to Bluffton and say hello. We’ll take you on a tour of our hometown, our studios and the community of artists thriving here.

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The Secret to Turning Consumers Green? Guilt.

Today, The Wall Street Journal published an interesting feature, “The Secret to Turning Customers Green.” Normally we pass over articles like this because they all tend to say the same thing – appeal to our sense of responsibility to the planet – but WSJ looked at a couple of programs in Washington, D.C. that are successful using a new tactic: guilt.

From the article, the case studies, and the research, it seems that a more powerful motivator if other people see our behavior.  While we’re not adding guilt to our marketing strategy, we certainly hope you’ll be seeing other people with BottlesUp glass water bottles and be motivated to make the same choice.

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Infographic: 2010 Water Consumption in the U.S.

 

I know we like to share infographics, we find their ability to share our consumption in interesting ways helps us all better understand the impact of our plastic water bottle habit.  Check out this one below from Do The Reuse Challenge that equates our U.S. water bottle consumption to fueling school buses. No matter how you look at it, we’re way over-consuming plastic.

It’s why we’re focused on giving you a better and more beautiful option.

Credit: Do the Reuse Challenge

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