Environmentally Sustainable Glass. Glass is often referred to as a Green product, because the main component to making glass is Silica. Found in sand, Silica is considered a renewable and never ending resource. Kiln cast glass offers decorative textures without compromising the environment. Neither plastics nor resin are used in any of our processes. When you choose to use glass, it’s an everlasting authentic statement Mother Nature can live with.
In the process of making float glass sheets, excess or marked portions of the glass are cut off and re-used in future production runs. Percentages will vary as to how much content of the glass is recyclable product. Stock glass is shipped to Nathan Allan, and we use this glass to manufacture all of our products. Currently, the glass sheets that Nathan Allan uses to produce our Cast Glass contain up to 30% recycled cullet. Once glass is tempered, it cannot be cut. If someone attempts to cut tempered glass, the glass will explode. We focus on Environmentally Sustainable Glass. Companies will often discard tempered glass when panels are scratched, damaged, or ordered incorrectly.
Nathan Allan has eliminated the need to discard glass by using a process in which we formulate and de-temper the tempered glass. After the panels are de-tempered, we can cut, re-cast, and re-use these panels in future projects. This ingenious process has eliminated the exercise of discarding of glass panels. While providing beautiful decor, our Cast Glass also allows for ample light and warmth transmission from the sun, reducing the need for artificial lighting and heat.
Cast Glass has unique cleaning properties. With the surfaces of the glass being textured or sealed, it is essentially a No-Maintenance product. In years to come, the glass looks brand new, reducing the need to replace the glass with newer product. This also helps to eliminate the process of discarding glass into landfills. Nathan Allan is in the process of applying for LEEDS certification. As we upgrade our building, improve manufacturing processes, and continue to increase our recycling capabilities, we look forward to being a partner in maintaining the natural beauty of the world in which we live!