Oregon initiates first modern statewide refillable glass bottle system in the US

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At the beginning of the century, refillable bottles where the only option when you purchased a beer or soda from the local merchant. With the invention of the steel can in 1938, however, that practice began to change. Within 10 years, the 100% refillable glass usage for beer had dropped to 84%. When non-refillable glass started taking over mainstream production, that number dropped to 8% by 1986 and, according to the Container Recycling Institute, refillable beer bottles now account for less than… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



A beer crisis is brewing in Germany as bottle recycling slows amid heatwaves

With summer still in full swing breweries around Germany have been scrambling to keep up with the demand of beer from their hot and thirsty customers. While the brewmasters have enough of the bubbly beverage to go around, the problem is they are running out of bottles and cans to distribute their goods.

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While there are approximately 4 billion beer bottles in circulation within Germany, the hot summer months leaves many… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Tokyo factory is transformed into an industrial-chic Blue Bottle Coffee cafe

Topped with a triangular roof, the Blue Bottle Coffee Nakameguro Cafe comprises a cafe on the first floor, as well as a tasting room and a workshop—two kinds of spaces new to Blue Bottle. Wooden countertops, an open floor plan, plants, and transparency temper industrial elements, such as the tall ceilings and concrete surfaces. The coffeehouse serves a community gathering space for workshops or coffee sampling sessions. The Blue Bottle Coffee teams from Japan and the U.S. occupy the upper two floors…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building