A beer crisis is brewing in Germany as bottle recycling slows amid heatwaves

August 15, 2018 by  
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With summer still in full swing and heatwaves gripping countries around the world, breweries across  Germany have been scrambling to keep up with the beer demand from hot and thirsty customers. The brew masters have enough of the bubbly beverage to go around, but companies are running out of containers to distribute their goods as people continue drinking  beer without returning the bottles for reuse fast enough. While there are approximately 4 billion beer bottles in circulation within Germany, the demand for beer is higher than the return rate of the glass bottles. Germany is very proactive in recycling , having one of the highest recycling rates in the EU at around 50 percent, according to a Eurostat data report . Customers pay a small deposit on bottles when they buy beer from the store, which they get back when they return the empty cases. This small incentive, and a high regard for the environment, encourages customers to reuse and refill the glass bottles up to 30 times. Related: France plans to make recycled plastic bottles less expensive Greif Brewery recently told its customers to return their empty bottles, or they would have to go without beer. “We’ve had a beer bottle shortage since the middle of May,” said Christian Schuster, employee of Greif Brewery. “We can’t get hold of used ones fast enough, and ordering new ones takes time. I’m having to send my delivery guys out to look for old, empty bottles.” According to master brewer Thomas Tyrell, who heads up the Berlin plant for California’s Stone Brewing, German attitudes toward aluminum cans are contributing to the problem as much as the heat is. Most Germans believe that cans are not environmentally friendly, so they prefer glass bottles. This is not the case, he pointed out, and the cans hold the same small deposit fees as their glass counterparts. Many Germans also see drinking beer out of a can as being crass and ill-bred, but soon they may not care as many breweries struggle to put fresh beer on the shelves. Related: The world’s largest beer brewer invents low-carbon beer bubbles Meanwhile, Stone Brewing may have found the only solution to the problem. Stone opened its first brewery in Berlin two years ago — with canned beer. Manners aside, Tyrell added, “We think it’s best for the beer… there is no light ingress and, over time, there are some oxygen permeations through the lid of a bottle, which the can doesn’t have.” Any beer is good beer when there is none to be had, but with crisp and refreshing beer, Stone seems to hold a sustainable recipe for success. Via NPR Image via Kaktuslampan/Flickr

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Lucirms upcycles glass bottles into gorgeous handmade lamps

July 26, 2016 by  
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According to Lucirmás, the majority of recycled glass ends up in pavement aggregate rather than in the production or new glass. In hopes of highlighting the importance and beauty of reuse, the design studio creates unique handmade pieces using a variety of techniques such as cutting with a wet diamond blade circular saw and thermal tempering. Waste minimization is a major focus of Lucirmás, which takes an eco-friendly approach to all aspects of the product’s lifecycle from design concept to end-use. Related: Stallo: Practical and Elegant Cups Upcycled from Glass Bottles Lucirmás recently launched a limited edition version of its LaFlor Lamp and Dama Lamp. The LaFlor Lamp, designed by Nutcreatives, combines a dark turquoise glass wine bottle with a handmade copper lampshade to create an attractive hanging lamp . The Dama Lamp Diamond uses a clear Damajuana bottle with a PEFC handmade beech timber base, on which a low-energy Plumen 001 lightbulb sits. Both products are completely recyclable and, since no glue was used, can be easily disassembled as needed. + Lucirmás Images via Lucirmás

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Artist Nikki Ella Whitlock recycles wine bottle fragments into ethereal mosaics

February 3, 2015 by  
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Stallo: Practical and Elegant Cups Upcycled from Glass Bottles

July 11, 2014 by  
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Three Italian product design students from Portugal’s Matosinhos School of Art and Design have created Stallo, a set of elegant cups upcycled from glass bottles. Created as an act of protest against throwaway consumerism, Stallo celebrates the notion that everyday objects have potential for reuse. Each Stallo cup comprises an upper body made from an inverted and cut recycled glass bottle set atop a glazed ceramic base. + Stallo The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ceramic base , consumerism , glass bottles , glazed ceramic , Matosinhos School of Art and Design , reader submitted content , recycled glass bottles , Recycled Materials , stallo , throwaway consumerism , upcycled , upcycled cups

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Melting East Antarctic Ice Sheet Could Raise Sea Levels For Thousands Of Years

May 6, 2014 by  
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A new study from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research reveals that a melting East Antarctic ice sheet could result in unstoppable sea-level rise for thousands of years. The report published in the journal Nature Climate Change is based on computer simulations of Antarctic ice flow using improved data of the ground profile underneath the ice sheet. “ East Antarctica’s Wilkes Basin is like a bottle on a slant,” says lead-author Matthias Mengel – “once uncorked, it empties out.” Read the rest of Melting East Antarctic Ice Sheet Could Raise Sea Levels For Thousands Of Years Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: antarctica , Antarctica climate change , antarctica ice , global warming , IPCC , melting Antarctica ice , Potsdam Institute of Climate Research , Wilkes Basin

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Architecture for a Change: Cooking Up Community Spirit in Zandspruit, Johannesburg

April 14, 2014 by  
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Johannesburg-based architecture firm Architecture for a Change helped to create a low-cost community bakery in the Zandspruit region. Comprised of several friends who met at school, the firm is dedicated to setting new boundaries in the world of design, and working towards positive social change. This bakery project involved  extensive community involvement;  from collecting used glass bottles to  manufacturing bricks from said bottles. A parabolic  solar oven was created to produce baked goods, which can now be sold from the bakery, thus providing both new  job  opportunities and food to the community. + Architecture for a Change The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Architecture For a Change , community bakery , glass bottle bricks , glass bottles , Johannesburg , parabolic , parabolic oven , parabolic solar oven , solar cooker , Solar oven , sun oven , Sustainable Building , Zandspruit

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Ruth Allen Morphs Glass Bottles Into Beautiful New Glassware Called Sustainable Stubbies

August 13, 2012 by  
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Millions of used bottles are discarded every year, but one Melbourne-based designer has found a way to make use of them. Sourcing bottles from local bars, restaurants, cafes and house parties, multi-media artist  Ruth Allen  washes,  cuts  and heats the reclaimed glass and morphs them into everything from drinking tumblers to vases to jugs. Her works make up a beautiful new glassware collection she calls  Sustainable Stubbies . Read the rest of Ruth Allen Morphs Glass Bottles Into Beautiful New Glassware Called Sustainable Stubbies Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: beer bottles , flower vases , glass botles , glass sculptor , In The Spirit , Recycled Materials , Ruth Allen , sustainable stubbies , Wine Bottles

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For Old Wine Bottles, a New Life: Works of Art from Reblown Glass

February 19, 2011 by  
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Photo: Alex Davies It’s a given that the French are among the best at making, and drinking, wine. But what to do with all the empty glass bottles

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Plastic Bottles Good for Wine Footprint, Bad For Quality

May 19, 2010 by  
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Wine companies and retailers have been switching away from glass bottles in order to lighten the environmental footprint of their packaging, but in doing so they are shortening the lives of some wines.  

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How can I reduce my use of plastic milk bottles?

February 11, 2010 by  
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We’ve had an email from Katharyn: Can you tell me what alternatives I have to plastic milk bottles from the supermarket? I tried to get a milkman to deliver but they told me I don’t get through enough milk to warrant them adding me to the route but I seem to generate lots of empty milk bottles! I can recycle them at the supermarket but I would rather not use them in the first place.

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