Upcycled Glassware and how you can make a difference!

Upcycling glassware is a hot topic right now. If you’re not in on the trend yet, you’re missing out!

In this article, we'll dive into the backstory of upcycled glassware, explore its benefits from both ethical and economic perspectives, and introduce you toA Second Round Glass — a company that’s making waves in the upcycled glass industry.

The origin of glass upcycling

The origin of upcycling glassware can be traced back to ancient Roman times when they’d reuse broken glass to make mosaics. Later on, Vikings would take these upcycled glass mosaic pieces and upcycle them again: 

“The ancient craftsmen in the earliest Viking Age around the year 700 used sophisticated and sustainable methods when they gave old Roman glass mosaics new life as glass beads” —Classicult

Upcycled Glass

Caption: Viking bead makers would melt the Roman glass cubes with remnants of gold and re-use them as accessories. 

During WW2, the concept of upcycling became something of a necessity due to shortages. One’s ability to repair, recycle, and make clothes from scraps suddenly became increasingly important:


But it wasn’t until the end of the 20th century that upcycling really started to gain mainstream popularity:

Newspaper Upcycling

Caption: In a 1994 issue of the architecture and antiques magazineSalvo, mechanical engineer Reiner Pilz explains that what we really need is not recycling, but upcycling, “where old products have more value, not less." 

Soon after, upcycling soft materials would turn into a popular way to customize clothing and a major trend in the fashion world. 

Glass, however, has remained a relatively underexplored medium, and as such, it offers numerous possibilities for large-scale growth under the upcycling market umbrella. 

The rise of upcycled glass

Today, with the Doomsday clockticking and the rise of global warming disasters, people have started looking for more creative ways to reduce their footprint on Earth. And upcycling glassware is becoming increasingly popular due to its huge environmental and ethical benefits. 

By taking glass bottles, jars, and other containers that would normally be thrown away, and turning them into unique glasses, vases, and other household items, upcycling has become an easy way to reduce waste and create one-of-a-kind pieces.

The upcycled glass industry

But upcycling glassware isn't just about being environmentally conscious — it's also a financially savvy choice. 

On the base level, by reusing existing glass, upcycled glassware businesses can save money on materials and reduce production costs, which translates to savings for customers as well.

On a global level, there is great potential for this industry to boom. We've pulled out some recent stats to drive the point home:

  • According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in 2018, Americans generated 11.5 million tons of glass in the municipal solid waste (MSW) stream, and only 33.2% of that was recycled.
  • The glass packaging industry is projected to reach $75.5 billion by 2028, according to a report by Grand View Research.
  • The global upcycled products market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.9% from 2020 to 2027, according to a report by Allied Market Research.
  • The global container glass market size was valued at USD 61.3 billion in 2020 and is anticipated to expand at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.7% from 2021 to 2028. 
  • In 2020, the global recycled glass market was valued at $3.22 billion and is expected to reach $5.81 billion by 2027, according to a report by Grand View Research.
  • A report by ResearchAndMarkets.com stated that the demand for unique and eco-friendly glassware is on the rise, especially among millennials and Gen Z consumers who are willing to pay more for sustainable products.
US Container Glass Market

Caption: The data show a clear growth in demand for sustainable and eco-friendly products, including upcycled glassware. 

Upcycling can greatly contribute to building a circular economy. As the glass packaging market continues to expand, there is a huge potential for the green glass industry to tap into the demand and drastically reduce the amount of glass waste that ends up in landfills. 

With the rise of consumer awareness about sustainability and eco-friendliness, the demand for unique and environmentally responsible glassware for the home is only going to continue growing. 

All in all, the circumstances present a fantastic opportunity for a brand-new, sustainable, eco-friendly billion-dollar industry to be born. 

The problem with upcycled glass

However, there are some downsides to most upcycled glassware. 

Some products can have rough or dangerous edges, and customizing the design of each piece can be a challenge. 

Sanded Upcycled Drinkware Ready to be Fire Polished

And if cutting your lip while drinking water doesn’t bother you, there still aren’t many businesses dealing with glass upcycling in the US.

That's where we come in.

The solution to the glass waste problem: A Second Round Glass

We are A Second Round Glass Second Round Glass, a company based in Texas that specializes in manufacturing upcycled glassware with a fire polished rim and custom engraving!

We are one of the first, and one of the few, to turn this from a backyard DIY project into a solid, sustainable, growing business.

Global Glass Market Value

Caption: We take all those glass bottles that would’ve ended up in landfill, and we give them a new life. 

What sets A Second Round apart? It’s simple —no one out there does it like us(and that’s us being humble!)

Our commitment to quality and safety is concrete. Each glass’ rim is fire polished to ensure that it is perfectly smooth and completely safe to use. 

AtA Second Round Glass, we create handcrafted glassware from rescued bottles while supporting our community through sustainability. Our Vision is to create something real out of emptiness.

The best part? We offer a range of amazing designs that can make a unique budget gift: 

Upcycled Drinkware Collection

Caption: We can sandblast any custom design on, or we can laser-engrave it for the more intricate ones. Either way, these beautiful upcycled glasses make the perfect gift for anyone.

How do you know we’re legit? Ask Topo Chio — the 220 million dollar Coca-Cola-owned company that’s been working with us for over a year now. We have also partnered with multiple local texas wineries such asBarnhart Winery andWest Sandy Creek Winerywho have been an integral part of our success. 

We believe that upcycled glassware should be both sustainable and stylish. That's why we put in the extra effort — so we can really take pride in creating high-quality, uniqueglassware that issafe to use and easy to personalize. 

Whether you're looking for a set of cocktail glasses, wine bottle glasses, or simply a beautiful cobalt blue glass vase, we've got you covered. Check it out —https://a2round.com/ 

Wrapping up

Upcycled glassware is a trend that's here to stay, there’s no doubt about it. 

And by choosing to support businesses likeA Second Round Glass today, you won’t just make a positive impact on the environment but you'll help support our local community, and you’ll be adding some truly unique, 100% handcrafted pieces to your home. 

So why not give upcycled glassware a try?

Contact us today to learn more about our products or check outour shop to see our selection firsthand. (We respond super-fast!)