Designer Uses 100 Percent Recycled Glass in Furniture

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Green Grove Design has found a new use for recycled glass bottles. Based in Rochester, N.Y., the company is taking all sorts of colored glass and making a variety of home furnishings, from tables to sculptures.

Robal Glass can feature as much as 82 percent recycled content by weight. It is available in nine different colors, which provide a finished look similar to mixed glass cullet.

Green Grove Design's table made of Robal Glass, 100 percent recycled glass in soy-based resin. Photo: Greengrovedesign.com

Green Grove Design's table made of Robal Glass, 100 percent recycled glass in soy-based resin. Photo: Greengrovedesign.com

The products are created using sterilized beer, wine and liquor bottles, as well as other post-industrial glass. In many cases, treated glass (such as mirrors and windows) are landfilled because the recycling process involves more steps than container glass.

Robal Glass products include interior and exterior tables, mirrors, sculptures, shower stalls and window sills.

“I’ve always been intrigued by new materials, and Robal Glass sparkles with a three-dimensional aesthetic that draws you in,” says Green Grove designer Scott Grove. “To be a part of this new venture, creating and designing beautiful pieces from what would have been industrial and consumer castoff is particularly gratifying and adds an entirely new level of cultural responsibility to my work.”

Green Grove displayed its new material at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, held this past weekend in New York.

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