Glass is 100% natural. Its main ingredient is silica, which comes from sand. The other two common ingredients are sodium and limestone. After mixing these substances and adding heat, a hard, non-leaching glass is formed.
The process of making glass is actually quite simple and sometimes occurs naturally when lightning strikes sand on a beach. It just takes heat and the right mixture of silica, sodium and limestone to form glass.
Glass bottles are fantastic to drink from, not only because of their natural components, but because of the fresh, clean taste that is guaranteed. Our glass bottle is safe to drink from at all temperatureshot or cold. Glass allows for a fresh tastethat must be why people drank from it way back in 1500 BC.
First, we mix 51% recycled glass (called "cullet") with silica, sodium, and limestone and then heat it in a melting furnace. The temperature in these furnaces reaches approximately 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the mixture becomes molten glass, it is cooled a few hundred degrees until the mixture is in a pliable, workable condition. Then the molten glass (also known as a "gob") is installed into the mold. Here is where the glass is blown. Compressed air blows into the mold and forms the gob into the glass interior of your Bamboo Bottle.
Once the gob has been formed into the final desired shape, it enters the annealing process, which takes the glass through a specific cooling method. This gives the glass its strength. The re-heating and slow cooling that occurs during this annealing process toughens the glass and repairs any stress points that may have occurred during the manufacturing process.
After annealing, the bottle is ready for packaging and is shipped to smart, sensible people like you to use again and again.
Unlike bottled water, overwhelmingly offered in plastic bottles, you can help the environment by reusing your Bamboo Bottle over and over again. And if you ever do decide to replace the glass or dispose of your bottle, the good news is the glass remains 100% recyclable. That's because all glass bottles are "crushable." When you crush glass, it's made into cullet. Cullet is used in manufacturing processes to make newly formed glass.
The best way for you to recycle your glass bottle is to participate in your town's curbside recycling programs or to bring it to your community drop-off centers.
But we hope you love your Bamboo Bottle so much, you'll never want to part with it!