Glass is one of my favorite green materials, because its endless recyclability means that we can reuse existing material over and over again, with minimal need for new raw materials. Although there is a not insignificant energy use involved in making glass products, recycled glass takes less energy to process than new glass, and the resulting material is, of course, inert (no nasty chemicals or off gassing).
The folks at TryCycle love recycled glass too. In fact, after noticing the beautiful green tinge of the wine glasses at so many of the restaurants in Europe, they found out they were the product of a thriving, 100% post consumer recycled glass industry there, and so they decided to go into business bringing the wonderful items to the U.S..
How cute would these storage jars look with a little chalkboard paint label on each? And best of all? TryCycle’s items are all very affordable. The large jar in the picture above, measuring 6.5″ H x 5″ W, is only $8!
They have quite a few options in storage jars, including this pretty “melon” shape.
This tilted jar is adorable.
All of the pieces are made by hand, and have the resulting quirky character to each piece that I find completely charming.
If you’re curious, you can click here to see a nice little video about how these items are made.
Glasses, votive holders, serving pieces and more are also available online from TryCycle.