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10 Things About Glass That You May Not Know

There is no doubt that glass possesses a lot of qualities. We see and use it everyday without knowing; it is all around us and has become an important part of our lives. But did you know these things about glass?

  1. The first evidence of man-made glass dates back to approximately 5000 years ago.
  2. Ordinary glass turns brown when it is exposed to nuclear radiation.
  3. Glass has the ability to be recycled indefinitely all whilst retaining its original quality.
  4. It is estimated that more than a ton of natural resources can be saved for every ton of glass that is recycled.
  5. One can have enough energy to power a 100w bulb for a considerable amount of time (1+ hours) by the energy saved from recycling a single glass bottle.
  6. China were late to the game (approximately 5 centuries late) but now has approximately 34% of the global market; in other words the largest producer of glass in the world.
  7. Decomposing glass completely and naturally will take more than a million years under normal landfill conditions, making it pretty much indecomposable.
  8. When glass breakage occurs, the crack inside the glass travels at approximately 3000mph.
  9. It is estimated that the use of recycled glass has helped and will continue to help cut air pollution by approximately 20%.
  10. The official “Glass Recycling Month” is September.

Have you done your glass recycling this month?

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