When in Europe I usually buy recycled glasses by La Mediterranea made in Spain since they seem hard to find in New York. That’s why I was thrilled to discover a US based alternative with the eco-modern glass designs by The Green Glass Company. All glass designs are made in Wisconsin. The bottles for the contemporary glasses come from our waste stream as well as discarded bottles by glass manufacturers.
At NYIGF this year it was the Meadow ice tea tumbler collection made from reclaimed and then repurposed Perrier bottles that caught my eye. The shape of Perrier bottles is already elegant to begin with and I love what The Green Glass Company has done with them by repurposing them into eco-modern tumblers. Its base makes a perfect ice tea glass and is available as bare, frosted, or with a pretty dragonfly design. The frosting process is achieved through sandblasting without hazardous by-products. I was impressed to learn that The Green Glass Company uses every part of their bottles. In their Mist collection the top of the recycled bottle turns into a wine goblet through twisting and flaring the bottleneck. The result is a playful stem that looks really cool in the ice-blue color of the Mist collection with matching tumblers made from the remaining bottom. Even the shipping materials follow the same green principles of recycle and repurpose. Boxes are either reused or made of recycled materials and cushioned with biodegradable cornstarch peanuts. Good to know since the modern looking glasses make great eco-chic gifts.