Glass is an amazing material – and modern life is unimaginable without it.
We all rely on glass every day because of its unique chemistry that allows it to be:
transparent yet impermeable – a durable barrier against everything from the weather to bacteria
non-toxic – making it entirely safe in contact with food and drink
virtually inert – because it won't react with its contents or surroundings it’s perfect for scientific, surgical and pharmaceutical use.
The most common uses of glass are:
container glass – bottles and jars
flat glass – including glazing for buildings and vehicles
glass fibre – used for reinforcement, insulation and fibre optics
scientific hollow glass – such as tubing and vials
domestic glassware – such as tumblers, jugs and vases
ballotini – tiny glass beads used in, for example, reflective paint, wet and dry blast cleaning and water filtration