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Closing the Cycle of Glass

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Closing the Cycle of Glass

Did you know that glass is made primarily of sand? Sand, like what you find on our beaches, is mixed with soda ash and limestone, melted at 1700ºC, liquefied and then pressed by an industrial machine into desired shapes like bowls, wine bottles, the glasses from which you drink water everyday...

Simply put, glass is an eco-friendly material and 100% recyclable; it does no harm to our oceans (like the controversial plastic) as it is made from natural materials. That being said, glass is an extremely durable material and can take up to 1 million years to erode naturally.

With the increase of tourism in Siargao, the island is receiving a staggering number of glass bottles every day. Most of these end up in dump sites, on the road side, or in our waters, contributing to our worsening trash problem. One company, Barna Supplier, was faced with the problem of what to do with the empty bottles piling up in their customers’ homes. Without the capacity to recycle, the next best option was to upcycle, so they built a glass shredder that quickly restores the material back into sand.

The procedure is simple: glass bottles are introduced into the machine, around 48 per batch, and in ten minutes all of this glass is transformed into 5 kilos of sand. A material that once occupied a considerable amount of space is reduced to a small sack, that in turn can be used as a construction material—for which there is no shortage of demand in Siargao.

Barna Supplier is trying to close the cycle of glass and end glass waste on the island. When you order from Barna, they offer delivery of your items and will simultaneously pick up whatever glass you have accumulated, regardless of where the empty bottles come from.

Alternatively, they encourage anyone who has stocks of bottles to deposit them at their shop in Tourism Road, Purok 3. To save them time and eliminate a crucial first step in the process of upcycling glass, your bottles must be clean of any content and label. That small effort is a big contribution towards a more sustainable Siargao.

Kudos to companies like Barna who take measures to protect our beautiful island home!

Barna Supplier Tourism Road, General Luna 09474285050 / 09953639325 barnasupplier@gmail.com

Surigaonon

Pagsirado sa Siklo nan Bildo

Nakahibayo ba kaw na an bildo hinimo nan buhangin? Buhangin, pareho sa imo mahanap sa ato mga baybajon, may nakasagol na abo nan soda sanan anapog, tunawon sa 1,700ºC, mohutok hampan ipiit nan industriyal na makina sa porma na gusto nimo pareho sa panaksan, botelya nan bino, baso na imo imnan nan tubig kada adlaw...

Laktod pagkasulti, an bildo isa ka eco-friendly na masteryal sanan 100% resiklable; dili ini magdaot sa ato kadagatan (pareho sa kontroberyal na plastik) kay hinimo sa natural na materyales. Buot pasabot, an bildo lig-on karajaw na materyal sanan modugay nan 1 milyon ka mga tuig para natural ini na mabungkag.

Sa pagtubo sa turismo sa Siargao, an isla makadawat nan hamok na kadamoon nan bildo na botelya adlaw-adlaw. Kasagaran nan ini malabak sa dump sites, sa kilid nan dayan, sa ato mga katubigan, na makapagrabe sa ato problema sa basura. Isa ka kompanya, an Barna Supplier, nag-atubang ini na problema kon unhon an basiyo na mga botelya sa panimayay nan ila mga customer. Wayay kapasidad para moresiklo, an sunod na pagpili amo an pag upcycle, hampan naghinang sila nan glass shredder na dali makapabalik sa materyal ngadto sa buhangin.

Simple lang an pamaagi: an bildo na botelya isuyod sa makina, mga 48 kada grupo, sanan suyod sa 10 ka minutos an tanan na bildo mahimo na 5 ka kilo na buhangin. An isa ka materyal na nag-okupar nan dako na lugar nigamay na sa isa ka sako, sanan pwede iton gamiton na materyal para sa kontruksyon - sanan way kuyang nan ini sa Siargao.

An Barna Supplier nagsuway pagsira sa siklo nan bildo sanan humanon an basura na bildo sa isla. Kon mopalit kamo gikan sa Barna, mohagad sila na ihatod an mga butang sanan kuhaon sab dajon an bildo na ijo matipon, biskan uno pa na klase ini.

An lain paagi, nag-awhag sila biskan kanin-o na may stocks nan botelya na ibilin sa ila shop didto sa Tourism Road, Purok 3. Para madali sa oras sanan mawaya an una na importante na paagi sa pag-upcycle sa bildo, kinahanglan an imo mga botelya limpyo sa biskan uno na luon sanan putos. Ini na gamay na pagkugi dako an tabang para mas mapadajonon na Siargao.

Pahalipay sa mga kompanya pareho sa Barna na nagbuhat nan mga lakang para protektahan an ato magana na isla na panimayay!

Barna Supplier Tourism Road, General Luna 09474285050 / 09953639325 barnasupplier@gmail.com

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