Where Does Our Recycled Glass Come From?

We have told you about the sustainability of recycled glass in our previous journal post, Recycled Glass: Practical, Sustainable, Beautiful. But how do we get the glass in order to recycle and reuse it?

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We get our glass from so many places you wouldn’t even think of!
Our recycled glass mainly comes from wine bottles, perfume bottles, window panes, car windows, beer bottles, etc. but we also source glass from restaurants, hotels, and factories.

We buy glass by the ton. We then wash it, break it by hand, and melt it in the oven.
Some of our colored glass is made using natural oxide powders that are added to the glass while it is still molten in the oven. The green or olive color comes from wine bottles for example. When we use old perfume bottles, it adds a slightly yellowish tint to give it that antique look. Since smoking is out of style now, we have even reused the once-popular blue ashtrays from the ’50s & ’60s to give our glass a blue color you all appreciate.

But you know what? These items are harder and harder to find and one day we might not even be able to find them at all! It used to be that almost everything was sold in glass. I may be aging myself when I say this, but when I was growing up in Paris, my mom would bring home Perrier and Badoit sparkling water in glass bottles! I even had my favorite lemon-flavored yogurt in a glass jar bought at the supermarket. Coke was in glass bottles too. When I would visit my cousins in the UK, we would pour our milk out of glass bottles delivered right to our door! At school, our paint was stored in little glass jars. And when we were kids we were served water in glasses at the restaurants – not plastic. Heck, our baby bottles were made out of glass!

Now, all of these glass bottles and jars have been replaced by plastic or aluminum that are only recycled a maximum of 5 times before they are definitely thrown away and never to be used again. This is a huge burden on our environment. Glass, however, can be recycled infinitely! So, why don’t we use more of it? Little by little, we are seeing some small mom-and-pop companies using glass for their packaging. There is also a trend to use glass storage containers for leftovers instead of plastic containers. Hopefully, this shift will continue for the benefit of our planet. Use, recycle, and reuse more glass in a never-ending circle that helps the world go ’round!

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Candle care

Before lighting your candle, trim the wick to about 1/2-cm in length. This allows the candle to burn more slowly and also avoid unsightly black smoke marks around the edge of the glass.

Every time you burn your La Soufflerie candle, allow it to burn at least until the whole top of the candle is liquid. This will help your candle burn more evenly for each burning session.

After blowing out your candle, re-center and straighten the wick.
When using your candlestick holder, do not let the flame touch the glass. Blow the candle out once it gets close to the candle stick holder. Do not place your candle on a cool surface like marble. If the bottom of the hot candle comes in contact with a cold material, the glass may crack.

Do not burn your candle all the way down. Leave at least 1/2-cm of wax in the container to avoid cracking the bottom.Once you have finished burning your candle, hand wash with warm water and soap until the dried wax melts away. You now have a new La Soufflerie piece to use!

Cleaning care

All plaster and terracotta pieces are not suitable for use with water. You can dust each piece with a dry cloth.

General information

These are entirely made by hand and each creation is unique. Therefore, there may be a slight variation in color, texture, and size between each piece. On the base of each item, you can feel the pontil mark left by the glassblower’s cane. The presence of this mark indicates that the glass was blown freehand. This is the beauty of handmade.

Cleaning care

We do recommend handwashing as much as possible to avoid scratches from the dishwasher and to keep the glass sparkling. But, know that our glassware is dishwasher resistant and can be cleaned in the dishwasher

Colored glass

Pigmented glass is mixed into the furnace during the glassblowing. This means that the glass itself is colored instead of painted. Our glass is durable and no changes or fading occur with continued use over time.

Delivery information

Your order will be processed between 7 and 10 business days. 

Each piece is hand washed and individually, wrapped and packed with recycled materials by our team. 

Your package will include one small, La Soufflerie, cotton gift bag.

Certain items may take longer to be delivered. Please allow 2 to 3 extra weeks for delivery for Plaster products, Lamps, Candles, and Wood, these products are made to order.

If your order is placed during the weekend or on a holiday, we will begin processing it the following business day. 

For all questions or returns please refer to our FAQ.

The Nature of Handmade

Due to the hand made nature of our products each piece may differ in size, shape and color.

If you would like to complete an already existing set of glassware, please make sure you send us a picture of the glasses so that we can match the set as close as possible to the ones you have.

For more information please visit our FAQ page.

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