The importance of recycling is certainly not new concept. However, much of the recent global research has placed a great deal of emphasis on the increasing urgency for each and every person to take responsibility of not only their own carbon footprint, but to recycle as much as possible for the benefit of our environment and the future of our planet.
US Senator Al Gore , in his documentary-’ An Inconvenient Truth’, has made the problems of Global Warming very real to us all. It is our belief that NOW is the time to make a difference.
The Earth Hour Celebrations, now held yearly where the hole world is encouraged to abstain from using electricity between 20:h30 and 21:h30, or only use essential electricity, have been proven to have resulted in a significant dip in electricity usage in South Africa alone. How extraordinary that this one hour, where ordinary people all over South Africa made the commitment to make a difference, has proven to be so effective. Municipalities, Government, big business and other entities have also committed to cutting their usage of electricity and to only have essential services running.
A report in The Citizen newspaper of 30 March 2009, stated that ‘Eskom spokesman, Fanie Zulu, said the utility saw a minimum of 400 megawatts in consumption being saves during the hour”. This is equivalent to 4.7 million, 60 watt light bulbs, being switched off all at once, the article continues.(Report by Aleisha Tissen) It is truly amazing what we can do when we work together.
In the spirit of making a difference, Clearly Classique has commited to workng with a Recycling Glassware Company, called Green Glass. Our goal is to develop a range of new and uniquely South African glass products to market to the domestic and export markets.
South Africa is a counrty which produces very little of its own glassware: much of the glassware used in South Africa is in fact imported from the East, the EU, the UK ans South America. Due to the very recent global economic meltdown, many of some of the oldest producers of beautiful glassware have had to close down. This is a shocking reality, but at the same time does create an extraordinary opportunity for South Africa.
It is therefore reasonable to assume that a method of recycling existing bottles into practical glassware would not only be an excellent way to deal with our enormous quantity of waste glass bottles of various shapes and sizes, but would be a means pf creating employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for South Africa in even the most far-flung rural areas. South Africa has the dubious honour of being one of the top consumers of alcoholic beverages worldwide. Much of the alcohol and even other non-alcoholic beverages come in glass bottles. What happens to all these bottles?
Watch this space for further developments.
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