So what do we do with over a ton of glass a month?

How do we even get that much glass into our backyard?

 

The Purchase

It all starts with the choices we make at the market where we buy our food and drink.  We get our wine, beer, olive oil and pickles (those are the most usual suspects) and take them home.  In what seems like the blink of an eye, we have empty containers that would take millions of years to break down -if ever.  Glass is a pretty amazing material.  

The Gather

We collect  it from our curbside clients that subscribe to different tiers based on pickup frequency. We also have a public drop off at the Fightingville Fresh Market. Sometimes people request a one time pick up.  

The Soak and Sort

When we come back with truckloads of glass, half of it gets pummeled into sand with our GLS 2.0. The other half of it gets sorted, soaked, scraped, cleaned, and processed for our glass mulch products.  

The Crush

We have fabricated our very own Annihilator.  It has one horse power and can crush a case of beer bottles in less than seven seconds.  It’s pretty sweet.  Making our blends and custom color blends is like mixing paints.  Check out the photos and our product list.

The Sift

When the crushing and pummeling is over, we sift.  That separates the sizes and the sizes dictate the featured use that glass will have.  The smallest size is granular sand, then course sand, pebble size pieces, and beach glass sized pieces.

The Products

The granular and coarse sand is great for bedding under pavers or the base layer for pebble-sized Glass Mulch.  The Beach-Style Glass has been agitated for 10+ hours and is softened and able to be used decoratively in a variety of applications on its own or as an accent atop the Pebble blends. This is where mixing the colors gets really fun. There are details in 'Products' on this site.

 The Purchase

Once we have our colors and sizes weighed out, we put it in our biodegradable burlap bags and they are ready to go!  At this point, we as a community have collaboratively created a sustainable product.  It's a small circle of sustainability that looks great where ever you decide to use it.  Email us to order!  

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