The Art of Glass - Sustainability

Dec 21, 2017

You may be wondering how glass, with its unique characteristics making it a widely used product in various applications, is a sustainable product. The answers may surprise you!

Enhancing Climate & Saving Energy
In many glass applications, saving energy is at work without our knowledge. Think about your windows in your home, did you even realize that windows can save energy by keeping warm air in and cold air out? Glass products can be used for insulation in our everyday products like windows and doors, but also in lesser known areas like aviation and other transportation vehicles.

Glass is also a key component for renewable energy found in solar-thermal applications like wind turbines where the light weight glass fibers offer efficiency and save energy.

Recycle, Recycle, and Recycle Again
One of the great success stories when it comes to recycling is glass. Did you know that the recycling rate for glass bottles varying from 50 to 80% due to recent recycling initiatives placed around the world? The beauty of glass, is that it can be recycled over and over again, saving the natural resources like sand and limestone. The recycled glass cullets also melt at a lower temperature than raw materials, increasing energy savings.

Safeguard People's Health and Well-Being
In today's environments, glass is more than a trend, it has and will continue to be a top product when it comes to aesthetics and characteristics. The ability to provide natural light into environments and buildings enhance productivity and a person's overall well being.

In the food industry, manufacturers have been using glass to hold and preserve ingredients because glass containers are not stained by the packaging. The pharmaceutical industry also uses glass bottles on medicines that need to last longer.

Because glass is a non-porous surface, it is inherently antimicrobial. Due to those characteristics, it also has a zero absorption rate, meaning glass can be cleaned with alcohol and is the perfect material for the healthcare and corporate industries to name a few. The ability to clean and keep surfaces free from germs is a huge selling point in many applications of use.

Ghent and Vividboard glass markerboards are sustainable products made from recycled glass. We take being manufactured in the USA just as serious as we take our environmental responsibility. We are committed to reducing our footprint and making our communities cleaner and stronger. Our environmental responsibility is based on industry-standard BIFMA LEVEL PRINCIPALS.