Material of the month – March 2018 – Recycled Glass Gravel

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Why it inspires us:

Back in November, we met some interesting people at the Scotland Build expo held in the SEC in Glasgow. One company produce a product made from the glass of defunct computer screens called Glasglo. This has been popular amongst the landscape architects who visit our library of sustainable building materials.

Glasglo is a unique glass aggregate composed of recycled television screens. CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) panel glass is treated and cleaned at their site in Irvine, to ensure it is environmentally friendly and safe to handle. The translucent pebbles come in three sizes and various shades of white, clear and grey depending on the tint of the panel screens.

Why we think it should inspire you:

The smaller grade Glasglo pebbles can be used as ‘pot toppers’, a decorative aggregate for indoor and outdoor plants. The medium and larger grades are used in garden decoration, edging, driveways and in water features. Larger grades can also be used in landscaping projects and in gabion baskets. All 3 grades can be crushed and incorporated into cement mixes, stone, and bricks. The panel powder can be used as drain fill, epoxy resin and as a sharp sand alternative.

As Glasglo pebbles have a translucent quality they shine when illuminated. You can put lights through the glass or underneath to fully appreciate its versatility.

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