THIS IS WHAT SUSTAINABLE USE OF GLASS SOUNDS LIKE
Glass is 100% recyclable. Many have been aware of this for a long time. But for just as long, recycled glass was considered to be of lower quality and unsuitable for design-oriented packaging projects. This time is now coming to an end.
With our own recycling glass line, Cristallo decided to bring an authentic, artisan-looking offering to the market. The goal was to create a look that wouldn’t conceal the origin of the glass
as a recycled raw material, but rather promotes this fact as an asset. The highest possible proportion of recycled glass and the greatest possible conservation of resources in production were our clear goals.
You are welcome to get your own idea of the convincing products.
FACTS ABOUT THE RECYCLING LINE
We are currently working successfully with two different color shades. These result from the high proportion of recycled glass and the lowest possible melting temperature. “Organic imperfections” occur as part of this production process and are part of the desired aesthetics. They make each individual bottle truly unique. In combination with the natural color tones, a coherent product image is created.
Glass color: Acqua Marina
Natural, green-blue color, based on the shades of fresh and sea water
Glass color: Eco Antik
A mixture of dark brown and dark green shades – “earthy”, “warm” tones
- up to 100% “post consumer” recycled content (glass waste generated and collected from the end consumer)
- municipal glass collections
- energy consumption optimized melting of raw glass
- handcrafted authentic look paired with well-known product perfection
Of course, RECYCLING GLASS packaging (bottles, jars, …) is available in all sizes of our assortment (heights and filling quantities) as well as with all static-mechanically realizable mouths and closure systems.
RECYCLING PROCESS IN GENERAL
CRADLE TO CRADLE – CLOSED LOOP
Glass recycling is based on a fundamentally closed recycling cycle (“Cradle to Cradle – Closed Loop”). Used glass is and remains the most important raw material for new glass packaging of any kind. Basically, each bottle – depending on the quality class of the glass – consists of an average of around 60% waste glass (i.e. cullet). In case of different colors, such as dark green shades, it can even be up to 90% waste glass. Glass can be melted down as often as required and processed into new, high-quality glass packaging. This makes glass one of the very few materials that can be recycled almost infinitely without the slightest loss of quality.
By consistently increasing the proportion of used glass in even lighter or almost colorless types of glass, our industry is thus contributing to the sustainable use of resources. Due to the constant reduction of melting temperatures, natural structural variations occur in the glass. The conscious use of these phenomena in the design of packaging can optimize the recyclability of glass as a material as well as the ecological footprint of each glass product. This way, conscious design can make an aesthetic and valuable contribution to the preservation of our habitats. A very beautiful and worthwhile goal, as we think.