Website home about our city

Glass Trivia & Facts 3 glass bottles

  • In 1500 B.C., Egyptians were making vases, cups, works of art and jewelry out of glass.

  • In the 1500's, the Dutch developed ways to make custom eyeglasses as well as lenses which led to the first microscopes and telescopes.

  • The first glass factory in America was built by Dutch settlers in 1608.

  • In 1903, the first fully automated glass bottle making machine was used in Toledo, Ohio.

  • Glass takes 1,000,000 years to decompose.

  • Glass never wears out-it can be recycled forever.

  • Glass recycling saves resources-each ton of recycled glass replaces 1.2 tons of raw material (sand, limestone and soda ash).

  • GLASS: a transparent inorganic material produced by combining silica sand with burnt lime or limestone and soda ash.

  • SILICA SAND: a pure form of silicon dioxide that is the most common ingredient in glass manufacturing.

  • SODA ASH: also known as sodium oxide, this is an ingredient in glass manufacturing. It helps sand melt at a lower temperature.

  • CULLET: ground or crushed glass.

  • GLASPHALT: similar to asphalt, but it contains ground glass instead of gravel.

  • LIMESTONE: a type of rock that is blended with soda ash in glass manufacturing to stabilize the glass so it will not dissolve in water.

 

 

Back to the Top Back to Kids Corner