Recycling has undergone a revolution, it has changed from just being make do and mend to a form of ethical art. From upcycling old out of date pieces by rejuventating them with new twists to recycling glass into wonderful new products.  Recycling allows us to constantly re invent with far less impact on our environment.

There is something truly satisfying about creating something new and beautiful from something old. At Nkuku we offer a broad selection of  elegant glass products from t lights and lanterns to vases and votives, all made from recycled glass.  Although glass is one of the most harmless materials produced by the world, this is because it is essentially made of raw material,  it does not break down in landfill.  A modern glass bottle would take 4000 years or more to decompose.

In contrast recycling glass is a fairly quick process. All the glass is sorted into different colours and then crushed . These pieces are then melted into liquid ready to shape the new product. Recycling glass not only requires 30% less energy to melt when compared with raw material but using less energy means less fuel is burnt and less emissions.

The artisans who hand make our glass produts are masters of their art. Much of our glass is hand blown and there are  sometimes imperfections such as small bubbles in the glass but we believe this simply adds to the beauty of each piece.  Because glass is made from natural materials such as sand and limestone, it has a low rate of chemical interaction. As a result, glass can be safely reused. Glass is one of the few materials that can be recycled infinitely without losing strength, purity or quality.

Nkuku is an environmentally aware company. We endeavour to create products using recycled and natural materials through sustainable methods of production. We consider the environment in everything we do and it has a large impact on the products that we sell.  For more recycled glass see our collection of glassware.

This entry was posted in Eco friendly, Ethical and Environmental, Natural, Nkuku Collection, Nkuku Likes, Recycled and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *


You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

  • Nkuku specialise in eco friendly, fairly traded homeware and gifts. Our products are inspired by the traditional skills of artisans throughout Africa and India. We combine contemporary design with age old traditions, natural materials and sustainable methods of production. We passionately support fair trade and consider the environment in everything we do.