About Glass

Facts about Glass

Recycling a bottle

The energy saving from recycling a single bottle will power a 100-watt light bulb for almost an hour or a colour TV for 20 minutes.

Even the Egyptians used glass

The oldest examples of glass are Egyptian beads dating from 12,000 BC.

Sail the seas!

Recycled glass can be exported to be used in glass manufacture abroad. The CO2 savings are 290 Kg CO2/tonne.

Bottles galore

On average, every family in the UK uses around 330 glass bottles and jars each year.

70% of Consumers

Seventy per cent of consumers believe that glass packaging suggests quality. Are you one of those?

Coddswallop

Many glass making terms have entered the language: 'Coddswallop': Hiram Codd invented the marble stoppered 'pop' bottle in the 1870s, and millions of the bottles were made, particularly in South Yorkshire. 'Wallop' was the name given to the cheap beer of the day, and beer drinkers dubbed the contents of the codd bottle 'a load of coddswallop'.

Shut yer gob

Many glass making terms have entered the language: 'Shut yer gob': a molten lump of glass is called a 'gob' to which the glass blower attached a tube to blow the glass into shape. The blower had to blow hard which made his cheeks very large. Today someone with a big mouth is told they have a big gob.

Differences in methods

Because of the differences in the various methods of manufacture, the industry is divided into 5 main sections under the general headings: Container glass; flat glass; scientific/technical glass; domestic glass; and fibre glass.

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