A touch of glass
A BIDEFORD glass firm is beating the credit crunch while ensuring that empty bottles escape the crush! In September last year, the Gazette reported how father and son glass makers Lars and Anders Persson had begun producing distinctive hand-crafted vases,
A BIDEFORD glass firm is beating the credit crunch while ensuring that empty bottles escape the crush!In September last year, the Gazette reported how father and son glass makers Lars and Anders Persson had begun producing distinctive hand-crafted vases, tumblers, carafes and goblets from bottles collected from pubs and clubs in the local area.Now, Who's Glass - based on the Clovelly Road Industrial Estate - is proudly supplying restaurants with environmentally conscious glassware, both in North Devon and further a-field."We have been busy for January considering we are in a recession," said Anders, whose father Lars, a Swedish master glassmaker, came to Torridgeside nearly 40 years ago to work for Dartington Crystal in Torrington."Orders are filtering through for February and we also going to supply a leading restaurant in Brighton by the name of Blenio Bistro."The national papers and television are always talking us into recession with the doom and gloom. But there are still winners within a recession," he added.Locally, the company is supplying Bideford Mediterranean bistro and restaurant, Cafecino Plus.Restaurant owner Darren Johnson, said: "We've been using the recycled coke and beer bottles since Christmas and customers love them."We match the glasses with the drinks that they are buying and they have created quite a bit of interest."In transforming simple domestic glass waste into contemporary functional glassware products, the family firm hopes to establish itself as the UK's leading producer of recycled glassware products."The recycling rates for glass in the UK is still under 40 per cent, yet many European countries recycle between 50 and 90 per cent," said Anders. "Currently, about 3.6 million tonnes of glass is used in the UK every year and more than one million tonnes goes to landfill."Every bottle we use is collected within a 10-mile radius of Bideford, heated and shaped by hand, then slowly cooled and packed. We take pride in ourselves that our glass is about as environmentally friendly as it possibly can be."The energy saved from recycling one bottle will power a 100W light bulb for almost an hour; a computer for 25 minutes; a television for 20 minutes; or a washing machine for 10 minutes.