Friday Feature #12

Far be it from me to suggest that I am years ahead of the British market, or a trend setter in any way. But just as a one off, I’m pretty pleased with myself. 

Because this week, Friday feature #12 is about a real up and coming product on the British market. And one that I bought in New Zealand nearly 7 years ago. 

These recycled beer bottle glasses are sold by the Go Eco Store. The whole ethos of the store is that its gifts are recycled, fair trade and ethical. But the glasses are my personal favourite.

There are various brands of bottle glasses available. This evening, our Appletiser and Crabbies glasses contain frozen cider. Cheers. 

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The glasses are hand made by a company called heart of glass. They prevent glass bottles from going to landfill and I think you’ll agree they also make pretty amazing gifts. 

Go Eco have given me a discount code to share with you for 10% off. Just enter SUM15X at the checkout, it’s valid until the end of August. 

In fact, I have already used it to buy some more glasses as a gift. They have all arrived really quickly and safely. 

As well as the beer bottle glasses, you can buy tumblers, pint glasses and shot glasses. I fully intend to stock up with a cupboard full when we move house. 

Whenever I do a Friday Feature, I always include a write-up about a charity as well as the featured ethical business. This week, I asked Go Eco which charity they would like me to share. 

I was absolutely delighted when they introduced me to The Orangutan Project. They are committed to saving orangutans through any means possible. 

The main way to do this is through conservation of their rainforest habitat.

Of course, cutting our palm oil consumption is one of the best ways to look after the rainforest, and the charity encourage people to do so. 

Sadly, 80 % of the orangutans’ habitat has already been destroyed. That’s why the orangutan project also help with rescue, rehabilitation and reintroduction of orangutans that have already been displaced. 

Whilst they are based in Australia, they also work closely with other orangutan organisations throughout the world. 

The charity help other animals as well through their conservation work. Sumatran tigers for example, which are now critically endangered.

I personally don’t understand how humans can justify this destruction. Palm oil is in virtually all the products that we use.

If we just put a little more thought into what we purchased, we really could change the world with our wallets. 

So, next time you buy a glass, why not make it a recycled beer bottle one?

And next time you buy makeup, take the time to justify to yourself why you are destroying the rainforest, displacing animals and encouraging forced labour by buying palm oil.

Is it because you think it makes you look nicer?  I’d love to hear your justification, please do let me know. 

Please note, Go Eco were kind enough to give us the glasses pictured as well as an equally brilliant Grolsch glass.

Please also note that the rainforest and palm oil seem such important issues to me that I am starting my own palm oil free business soon.



  1. June 14, 2015 / 5:23 pm

    These glasses are fab!! And even better for the recycled use. The project is fantastic too! And you’re right, I too have never understood the destruction of habitats. The worst but is that there isn’t any thought put into it. I wish more people would. I’m in the middle of doing up my flat before I move. Coincidently I was having a discussion about filling it with recycled or up cycled pieces. I’ll definitely be back to grab the code and order these glasses!

    • monsterid June 14, 2015 / 5:27 pm

      Ah that sounds great, I love recycling and upcycling. It’s my aim to one day have time to do things like that myself! 🙂

  2. June 15, 2015 / 4:45 pm

    I have some wine glasses like this, and used to work for a company that makes them, making them (so I know all the secrets behind it, haha!).

    Green Glass UK started in 2000 so this concept has been around in the UK a while as well! I love our wine bottle wine glasses, and the tumblers, too.

    • monsterid June 15, 2015 / 6:05 pm

      Ah that’s interesting Zoe, I’m not a trend setter after all, I’d love to pretend I was surprised! I just love them, such a great idea to save things from going to landfill 🙂

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