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We were at Target last night, and they are now selling recycled glass glassware.  I think it's great whenever the big box stores sell things that are environmentally friendly, and I think it's wonderful that dishware now joins that list! :)

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Originally Posted by nitedreamer:

We were at Target last night, and they are now selling recycled glass glassware.  I think it's great whenever the big box stores sell things that are environmentally friendly, and I think it's wonderful that dishware now joins that list! :)

 

That's very cool!  Did you notice if the glassware is made with 100% recycled glass?

 

There are a lot of really beautiful artisan pieces of glassware made with recycled glass.  But you're right...it's great to see the big companies getting on board.  It'll make adoption of upcycled products much more widespread.

 

I've given some Fire & Light products as gifts before.  They take glass bottles recycled at the Arcata Community Recycling Center, melt them down, and repour them into new pieces.

 

My mom also recently went up to Bainbridge Island (off Seattle) and went to a recycled glassware shop that turns old wine bottles into stuff.  She got me a drinking glass that's basically just the bottom portion of the wine bottle.  I don't know what that company is called...but I did come across some artists that make lamps and vases from recycled bottles.

 

AND!  I was in Mexico earlier this summer (happy first day of fall, by the way) and there was a restaurant that had a chandalier made from old wine bottles.  Basically, they took recycled wine bottles, tied a string to a cork, stuck the cork inside the bottle, and then tied the other end of the string to a grate attached to the ceiling.  There were maybe a good 50 bottles hanging from there.  It was really quite beautiful with all the green, blue, and clear bottles hanging around.

 

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I didn't see a percentage on the glasses, which is something I was wondering too...but I only took a quick look.  The percentage also isn't listed on the Target website.  You'd think that if it was a higher percentage, they would list it for bragging rights!

 

Those glass bottles are beautiful- that was one thing I was excited about with the Target glasses, they had a greenish tint, and I remember reading somewhere that dark color glass is much less likely to be recycled than clear glass.  It's great to see all those different colors of glass used for those bottles.

 

Anyway, you can check out the Target website to see all their eco-friendly dinnerware (an actual category on their website!), which is mostly glass items and also some recycled melamine dishes. 

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