The best sustainable glassware for a planet-friendly home

You’ll be pleasantly surprised that some of your favourite homeware sites have recycled glassware edits you can shop guilt free. 

Coming across interiors updates gives us even more pleasure lately. If it isn’t Instagram accounts that are oozing with DIY inspiration, it’s new female-owned brands that have been springing up throughout lockdown. Even creating your own homeware has spiked with candle-making kit sales rocketing and air-dry clay creations being on the rise. 

There’s nothing that makes us happier, though, than homeware purchases that come with less guilt. If you know you don’t need a fifth vase for your fresh flower addiction, or another flute for a mid-week prosecco, you can feel better about making more homeware investments if they’re planet-friendly. This is where sustainable, recycled glassware comes in. 

French Connection’s homeware section is the place to go for boho furniture, glassware, luxe lighting and gorgeous rattan pieces. The items of interest right now are the incredible new edit of recycled glasses, flutes and decanters that will make any table setting dinner-ready. 

It isn’t just French Connection that have honed in on sustainable homeware either, Zara Home has pots and vases created from post-consumer recycled glass. 

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Lesser-known brands such as Kalinko and August Sage have all their glassware hand blown in Burma and Guatemala by local artisans, creating unique items with a story.

Update your usual drinking glass, vase or even your lighting with sustainable, recycled glass pieces you’ll be proud to show off. 

Best sustainable glassware

  • Kalinko tumbler set

    Best sustainable glassware: Kalinko

    Hand blown in Burma, these amber tumblers are made from recycled glass. Each one unique, you can also see a video of the skilled artisans who made them on the website. 

    Shop Zomi tumblers set of four tumblers at Kalinko, £48


  • August Sage cocktail glasses

    Best sustainable glassware: August Sage

    This pink polka dot pair of glasses are handmade using recycled glass made from the Cantel village in Guatemala’s Quetzaltenango region. Each one is crafted by a local artisan so they’re all unique in shape. 

    Shop Rosa cocktail glass set at August Sage, £33


  • Jarapa lamp

    Best sustainable glassware: Jarapa

    For a unique twist on a lamp, go for this recycled glass style that’ll brighten up (quite literally) any room in the house. You can also get it in dark blue or pink. 

    Shop Jarapa light blue recycled glass lamp at Trouva, £135


  • Zara Home pot

    Best sustainable glassware: Zara Home

    In three different sizes, you can use these Zara Home pots as ornaments or vases. These two-handled vases are also made from post-consumer recycled glass. 

    Shop recycled glass pot at Zara Home, from £11.99


  • Garden Trading soap dish

    Best sustainable glassware: Garden Trading

    Crafted from 100% recycled glass in Spain, this chunky soap dish also has handy ridges to stop soap bars from going soggy. 

    Shop glass soap dish at Garden Trading, £10


  • Milagros jug

    Best sustainable glassware: Milagros

    Hand made in Mexico from recycled glass, this punchy red jug will be the highlight of any tablescape. 

    Shop red straight jug at Milagros, £38


  • French Connection champagne glass

    Best sustainable glassware: French Connection

    Pop the bubbles and serve in style with this golden, blush flute that is hand made from recycled glass. 

    Shop luxe blush recycled glass champagne glass at French Connection, £9


  • Nkuku decanter

    Best sustainable glassware: Nkuku

    For water, wine or any other refreshment you want to make look fancy at the dinner table, reach for this recycled glass decanter. 

    Shop Nkuku Mila Emerald decanter at Protect The Planet, £38.99


Opening image: Zara Home

All other images: courtesy of brands

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