Renewable Matter # 13 / November-December

5,000 Years of Transparency

by Maurizio Cocchi

Focus Permanent Materials


Glass has been used for 5 millennia, but only now has started benefitting from a precise calculation of the economic and environmental advantages deriving from its characteristics: 100% recyclability, without losing any mass, potentially ad infinitum.


We could define glass as a noble material. Made with naturally-derived raw materials, has been used for as many as 5,000 years and today it can be separated and recycled – with economic and environmental advantages – potentially ad infinitum.

Glass does not change its physical and chemical characteristics in its recycling and processing of...

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