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It is only natural that you have a few wine bottles on your hands and no idea what to do with them besides throwing them away. But we, at Upcycle, are all about Upcycling, repurposing all kinds of green sustainable projects. Everything can be used in one way or another and be given an innovative purpose and life in your home, so donít be in a rush to throw things away.

We do live in a commercial society where money and assets have become our primary goal in life, but just because we buy new things everyday it does not mean the old ones are useless. Find creative ways to reuse them adapt their function and make new beautiful items for your home and garden. Upcycle used wine bottles into centrepieces or glass lamps and chandeliers; cut them to make candle holders and unique food plates. Just let your imagination do the work for you and be creative.

Green bottle light fitting on 400Upcycle has always had a passion for glass and all things to do with recycling glass. Over the past couple of months, itís been an absolute delight seeing all the different products that can be created using a simple used wine bottle, a glass jar or glass container. The first and most obvious example is to literally turn your used wine bottles, jars or containers into the most incredible Chandeliers or simple light fittings.The process is easy, a quick cut to remove the base of the wine bottle, add your light fittings and voila.

green wine bottle light fitting nescafe bottle light fitting

Alternatively lids of jars can be converted to hold the light fitting and a used glass container is transformed into a beautiful light. Sandblasting, dremelling or painting your glass light fitting with either glass stain or a ceramic paint, can make your old glass into new art.

herb garden with green bottle edging

Used beer bottles can be turned into bed trimmings for your herb garden. The bottles create an effective, yet strong and durable border, also giving your flower bed the extra height needed for mulching. Take a look at our idea here:

Flowerbed Border with Glass.

Here we give you some ideas on how to recycle glass bottles. Why throw it away when you can make yourself a beautiful vase, or use it as a flower pot. The thing is that when you make something out of nothing all by yourself, it is the way you feel after you see the result that makes it worthwhile. All it takes is some creativity. So if you wonder what to do in your spare time, try to make something out of glass bottles. It is fun, easy and it wonít cost you anything. Cutting glass might seem difficult and quite terrifying, but the truth is the methods are very easy and are guaranteed to work every time.

crochet covered cut bottlecatus planter from robinson wine bottle

Then for the not so DIY oriented people, we have the wonderful gifting ideas on our web-site. Why not buy an Upcycled incense holder for a friend or family member, we have some outstanding examples on our web-site. Upcycle Gifts

incense burner from wine bottle

Should you be looking for yet another amazing gift idea, explore our Candle Holders and Tea Light Holders: Candle holders and Tea Lights.

hurricane wine bottle tea light protectorwine bottle candle protectors

With the assistance of Investec's agents, we have set out to source 5 000 used wine bottles. These will then be hand cut into glasses to be used in the Investec cantten. The bottles will be sandblased with Investec's logo as well as their by-line. The purpose and requirment for this project is to upcycle the wine bottles into drinking glasses, while creating an opportunity to involve community members in the project. read more about the Investec project...

white investec tumbler glassinvestec glass filed with sweets

or visit our shopping cart for ideas on personalised upcycled glass tumblers

For any sandblasting or glass cutting enquiries contact us Visit our product page to see what we have for sale.

Step by step recycling glass projects

Upcycled Dremeled Glass Jar
upcycled dremeled glass jar

Use a Dremel rotary tool to breathe fresh life into an old glass jar, etching designs and patterns directly onto the recycled glass!

Nescafe Bottle Vase
beer bottle lamp

Used Nescafe coffee bottles can be recycled into beautiful flower vases. This step by step shows you just how to do it!

Bottle Lamp
beer bottle lamp

Use all your old beer bottles that you have lying around to make yourself a stunning and environmentally sound candle or lamp shade.

Articles on Glass recycling


Glass recycling

The most common form of glass used in recycling is container glass, namely bottles and jars. Other forms of glass, like Pyrex and window glass, are technically recyclable but can not be mixed as they contain certain other chemicals in their make-up. Many recycling companies will not accept the latter because of the specialized machinery needed and time consumed in the recycling process.

To prepare your glass bottles and jars for recycling, first rinse and then place in separate packets to your other waste. Try not to break the glass intentionally. If you are dropping off glass at a recycling plant, check with that specific plant as to whether they prefer the glass broken or intact, and if they prefer the glass separated in different colours.

Once the glass reaches the plant, a mechanical processing system breaks it into small pieces called cullet. Metals, labels, plastic, rings and caps are then separated using magnets, screens and vacuum systems. From there, the cullet is mixed with measured amounts of silica sand, soda ash and limestone. The mixture is then placed into a furnace which melts it into molten glass. This molten glass is then poured into moulds and slowly cooled down - the slow cooling process helps strengthen the glass. From there, the new glass containers are packed for resale. A small amount of recycled glass is also sent to other companies who specialize in manufacturing stained glass.

Remember that South Africa, like certain other countries, has a deposit system on certain cool drink bottles, which allows for immediate reuse after thorough washing and decontamination. This is an economical and energy-saving system and affords the person in possession of the bottle a small sum of money when handed in at certain retailers. So, rather than leaving those bottles for recycling, hand them in for immediate reward.

Read more about our current glass projects:

Upcycled glass tumblers.