Glass making is an intricate process that involves a lot of screening and precision, pure glass is made from pure sand (silicone dioxide) put under pressure and extremely high temperatures (the melting point of Silicone Dioxide is 1700°C or 3090°F) and later on poured into molds of desired shape.
Reaching such high temperatures emits a lot of undesired byproducts of combustion and consumes a lot of fuel or gas-oil which is very costly on its own. However, a workaround to this issue was reached by Uniglass.
Uniglass is a factory in Tripoli Lebanon and is one of the few remaining ones in the region that still has this ancient art. This craft requires tough artisans that can take the heat and know how to manipulate molten glass.
The glass goes through a pre-treatment process which removes any paper or plastic using blown air and hand selection. Any metal objects are removed with magnets. Next, it is sorted by color and washed to remove any further impurities. Then it's crushed, melted and molded into new products such as bottles and jars.
This process takes a lot less energy at a much lower cost, and this is exactly how our jugs are made. Lebanese Artisanal is on a mission to assist any form of struggling craftsmanship in Lebanon, and they all are in these dire situations.