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      The Many Uses and Benefits of Glass

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      952 600 Matthew Morris

      For hundreds of years, glass has been one of the most popular materials in the world.

      And it’s no surprise. Glass can be used in a variety of ways and comes packed with many benefits.

      It has been in existence for centuries, and it is still used in many common applications, including windows, windshields, glasses, and in electronics.

      Here at Moore’s Glassworks, we have been manufacturing glass for years, and have come to learn many different methods and uses of this wonderful material.

      And that’s why we’ve created this quick guide on just what glass can be used for, and the many benefits it can provide.

      Let’s take a look.

      The benefits of using glass

      Glass is a versatile material that can offer many benefits to your home and workplace. From providing natural light to protecting your privacy, glass can be used in any number of ways.

      At Moore’s Glassworks, we specialise in custom products such as vacuum viewports, cathode ray tubes, and multi-pin bases, that are used for many different reasons, covering scientific environments and the military.

      One of the huge benefits of using glass is that it is an environmentally friendly material. This is because it is made from all natural materials, unlike plastic and metal.

      This means that it can be made sustainably and can be recycled, which makes it a brilliant choice of material to use for the planet. By reducing the quantity of raw materials required to create a product, you can reduce your cost and waste disposal efforts.

      The recyclable nature of glass is one of the key selling points, and it is often used instead of plastic due to its environmentally friendly nature. In fact, recycling glass can reduce the amount of waste going into landfills by 50%. Recycling can also reduce your energy usage and air and water pollution.

      Not only that, but it is also durable and easily cleanable.

      In more common uses than what we specialise in, glass is a great material to use in interior design. Glass is an ideal way to enhance the spatial qualities of a room. It is also a highly versatile and functional material. Using glass in a kitchen splashback, for example, can provide practicality without sacrificing the aesthetic appeal, which is a huge benefit when choosing a material to use in your home.

      While glass has been used for thousands of years to make practical items, recent advances in technology have opened the door to more creative uses. From designing a dazzling display of art to manufacturing transparent prisms, there are a myriad of options for using glass that are becoming more common and easily manufactured.

      One of the most obvious benefits of using glass is its ability to flood your interior space with natural light. Increasing the amount of sunlight can brighten your rooms, lower your electricity bills, and improve the mood of your occupants. The transparency of glass also makes it a great material to use on some of our specialist products, such as our viewports.

      When choosing the best glass for your needs, it is important to consider your specific application. There are many variations of glass, and it can range in terms of appearance, durability, and strength, so it is always wise to discuss with your manufacturer just what you require.

      The Global Glass Manufacturing Market

      The glass manufacturing market is growing, with the value estimated to nearly double to over $400 billion in the next ten years.

      The reasons for this are varying, but at it’s heart, are the growing uses for this material. As electronics become more advanced, the use of glass in such devices is becoming more common, and it is this that is pushing the extreme growth of the manufacturing industry.

      As mentioned earlier, glass products manufactured by Moore’s Glassworks¬†are used throughout many different industries, and the uses are only growing.

      In the global glass market, there are many of uses that do continue to promote growth, such as growing sales in cars, uses in construction, and food and beverage containers.

      Glass is a wonderful material packed with benefits, and while some alternatives are being used in some instances, there’s truly no beating glass.

      The Many Uses of Glass Throughout Time

      Glass is one of the most important materials in the human era. It has played an instrumental role in many aspects of human life, ranging from navigation to the invention of optics.

      The uses of glass differ depending on where in the world you are, changing for many reasons such as different climates, available finances, and more.

      Early glass-making cultures are thought to have originated in Mesopotamia, where craftsmen made small vessels using labor-intensive techniques. They probably produced glass as an offshoot of ceramic-glaze production. The first glass objects consisted of beads, rods, and amulets and were colored with minerals.

      By the mid-14th century, glass was largely limited to western Eurasia. This was due to the high costs of the raw materials needed to produce it. However, glass-making improved and led to new and more precise and efficient ways of creating glass products.

      In the 17th and 18th centuries, Bohemia became an important glass-producing area. Glass vessels, mirrors, and spectacles began to spread throughout western Europe, and these are still common glass products in today’s society.

      Many of the glass objects manufactured in this time were used for drinking and food storage. Glass was also used for lenses and prisms. Without glass products, industries and research into such industries as astronomy and molecular biology would not have been developed as quickly as they were.

      In the mid-19th century, the different uses and benefits of glass were beginning to be discovered. For example, the French chemist Edouard Benedictus discovered laminated glass and furthermore bulletproof glass.

      In modern times, the evolution of glass usage is continuing to grow. More recent discoveries have helped create bioactive glass that help heal bone and soft tissue. Now only this, but engineers are continually working on developing truly unbreakable glass.

      Today, there are many different types of glass. Each type has a unique chemical composition and physical properties. Despite its fragility, glass continues to be an essential material in our lives. From the glasses that help us to see, to the bulbs that light up our room, glass is found everywhere.

      In recognition of the importance of glass, the International Commission of Glass has declared 2022 as the Year of Glass. The United Nations has also recently celebrated the many uses of glass.

      Moulding glass

      Glass vs plastic

      It’s easy to compare the two most popular packaging materials: glass and plastic.

      Although the environmental impact of each is slightly different, glass is clearly the better choice for the planet. Only 9% of plastic is recycled, compared to 90% of glass in some countries.

      Glass is made from silica and renewable materials. Plastic, on the other hand, is synthetic.

      Plastic is lighter and more malleable than glass. However, plastic is much harder to recycle than glass. For the most part, plastic can only be recycled once or twice before it becomes unusable.

      Glass is 100% recyclable at designated facilities.

      And that’s not the only reason that many companies use glass instead of plastic for packaging. While glass may be the more expensive, products coming from glass packaging can be seen to be nicer. A popular example of this is Coca Cola being drank from glass bottles compared to plastic bottles.

      At Moore’s Glassworks, we create specialist glass that is used for many different environments. From viewports to glass condom moulds and photo-multiplier envelopes, this glass is designed to work well under pressure and is tailor made for each specific need.

      Glass is great for using in electronic devices as it is much more capable of withstanding high temperatures, and is tougher than glass.

      Moore’s Glassworks

      If you’re looking for custom glass manufacturing, then why not get in touch with Moore’s Glassworks.

      We offer a wide range of products and can make glass items that are exactly the right fit for your requirements.

      We use auto-lathes and ensure every product that leaves our manufacturing plant is of the highest quality.

      We look forward to hearing from you.

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