Ngwenya 100% Recycled Wine Glasses
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If your tipple of choice is a red or white, give your wine the treatment it deserves – and pour it into one of these sustainable, 100% recycled glasses from Ngwenya. These elegant and timeless glasses are the perfect shape for a sauvignon blanc, allowing the wine to open up and the flavours to come through, but could equally make an ideal drinking vessel to hold your favourite red. Not only are these glasses the ideal shape to enjoy your favourite drink, but they are even more special as they have been mouth-blown from 100% recycled glass – mainly from glass drinks bottles – making them the most sustainable drinking vessels in your cabinet!
The highly-skilled artisan who crafted this glass has been trained to the highest level in the age-old art of glassblowing – meaning that every glass is as unique as its maker! How’s that for a talking point? People from all over Swaziland and Eswatini collect bottles and are paid per kilo for clean glass taken to the factory to be recycled. Ngwenya is said to be the cleanest area around, because any bottle that catches the children’s attention, tends to find its way into the factory.
Ngwenya Glass also organises environmental clean-up days along the main roads in their area. They do this by encouraging the schools in their area to do these clean-ups in exchange for donations of things like building materials or football kits. They believe that by educating our children about environmental issues, we will have a chance of saving our planet – a sentiment we embrace here at Traidcraft!
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This unique story unfolded in 1979. A glassblowing factory called Swazi Glass Craft (trading as Ngwenya Glass) was set up as a Swedish Aid Project, employing and training Swazi’s in the age-old art of glassblowing. These days, they employ over 60 skilled glassblowers to create original pieces of art and train the apprentices.
Ngwenya Glass isn’t only an inspiring success story – it’s an environmentalist’s dream. The products (ranging from tableware to jugs and quirky glass animals) are all crafted from 100% recycled glass. And where do they find all this glass, I hear you ask? From waste soft drink bottles, gathered from every corner of Swaziland.
- 100% Recycled Glass
- Made in Swaziland
- Height: 21.5cm
- Holds 350ml
- Set of 2