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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?

Why We Need a Solution to Plastic Pollution

The problem of plastic pollution is very real. Beyond looking at the trash littered along the sidewalk or highway, all of the plastic thrown away ends up somewhere. We found this TED talk from Dianna Cohen of the Plastic Pollution Coalition to be one of the most compelling presentations on the environmental impact of our preference for plastic.

At BottlesUp, we’re focused on a solution. Join us.

Building a Better Glass Water Bottle

It’s been more than two years since the concept of a better glass water bottle started in Laurel’s studios. She began working on the concept of glass water bottles to replace plastic and aluminum bottles with the safer, eco-friendly and better-tasting alternative of real glass. A nationally-acclaimed glass artist, Laurel’s research took her to industrial designers, mill working shops for turned-wood molds, hot glass mold makers and hot glass manufacturers throughout the United States and Mexico. Using this information as well as her design sensibilities and knowledge of glass, she’s developed a variety of sizes and shapes of recycled glass bottles.  We fully expect to have our first glass water bottles, available for sale, in January of 2011.

In our blog, you’re going to find the stories behind our efforts to bring this bottle to production and to you. You’ll also find why we’re so committed to the product – preventing plastic pollution and promoting responsible consumption. 

We’re looking forward to getting to know you. In the meantime, feel free to post your comments or to send us your questions – we’ll do our best to answer each one.

– JS