Let the sustainable sipping commence with this handy guide to the best recycled wine glasses and glass tumblers.
Choosing ethically made drinks and saying no to a plastic straw are two ways to make your favourite drinks greener. But you can go further by considering what you serve your drinks in.
Recycled glass tumblers and wine glasses aren’t just practical. They also offer a beautiful and more sustainable way to serve drinks.
Whilst glass is a natural material – made from sand – it is energy-intensive to make. Using recycled glass uses less energy, compared to making glass from sand. This is because recycled glass melts at a much lower temperature than sand – making recycled glass a more responsible choice.
If you are looking for an eco-friendly way to serve drinks then here are our top recommendations to help you select the best recycled glass drinking glasses for your next gathering.
The Best Recycled Wine Glasses & Tumblers
Here are the best brands out there right now, offering truly beautiful drinking glasses, all made from recycled materials.
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⭐Best for recycled wine and cocktail glasses
Devon-based Nkuku has made it its mission to champion stylish handmade products from across the globe that are made both fairly and ethically, from environmentally friendly materials.
And that it has achieved. As well as selling lots of beautiful homewares and sustainable furniture, Nkuku’s beautiful glassware collection combines elegant designs with attractive textures, all skillfully handblown from recycled glass for a unique and tactile finish.
Find stylish tumblers, champagne and wine glasses, jugs and cocktail glasses. In particular, its wine, champagne and cocktail glass collection is second to none.
Get 15% off your first order using the code WELCOME-15 at the checkout.
The Atlas Works
⭐ Best for highball tumblers made from recycled glass and recycled whisky glasses
The Atlas Works is a collaboration between two London-based designers and a traditional factory in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco.
Together this team have created a collection of stylish yet practical products, all made from recycled glass. These combine modern design, beautiful materials and artisanal manufacturing techniques.
Whilst you won’t find any recycled wine glasses here, The Atlas Works is a great choice for recycled highball tumblers. Its stylish recycled glass whisky sets (complete with water jug) would also make for a thoughtful gift for whisky lovers.
Graham & Green
⭐ Best for recycled gin glasses
Graham & Green offers a small but perfectly formed selection of recycled drinking glasses and tumblers. Again, whilst you won’t find any recycled wine glasses here, Graham & Green is a top choice for recycled gin glasses.
Want your glasses to give back? Graham & Green partner with the charity Jamie’s Farm.
This charity seeks to help vulnerable young people be better equipped to thrive during secondary school years and beyond. Combining farming, family, and therapy, the team has helped more than 9,500 children find a renewed sense of purpose and happiness when all the other odds were stacked against them.
As well as donating monthly to Jamie’s Farm, Graham & Green also supports the charity in a variety of other ways. From volunteering on the farm to joining fundraising efforts, such as charity walks, it’s clear that this charity work is more than just a tick-box exercise.
⭐ Best for recycled glass wine and champagne flutes
Moroccan White is passionate about everything handmade and natural from Morocco. So much so that this sustainable and inclusive artisanal retailer specialises in timeless and contemporary homewares and textiles from Morocco.
Its entire range of glassware is made from recycled glass. Here you’ll find unique recycled champagne flutes and beautiful tumblers in an array of rainbow hues, that will elevate your favourite drinks – turning them into sustainable works of art.
Whether you’re entertaining guests, or enjoying a quiet night in, you’ll love that each piece has been handmade with a commitment to using only recycled materials.
⭐ Best for upcycled drinking glasses
Want to go further than just recycled glass tumblers? Then let me introduce to you Smooth Edge. This Chichester-based upcycling operation takes used wine and spirit bottles and cleverly upcycles them into unique and stylish tumblers.
This is all part of its mission to provide everyone with eco-friendly and affordable glassware.
Smooth Edge says its process of upcycling saves up to 150 times more CO2 compared to standard factory-made glasses. Its circular approach also reduces the amount of waste heading to landfill, whilst also minimising the energy it takes to make glassware.
I’m sure we can all raise a glass to that!
Look out for highball tumblers made from recycled wine balls and lowball glasses made from vodka, gin, whisky or tequila bottles.
Now that I’ve given you some ideas for where you can buy recycled drinking glasses, I’ll leave it to you to choose your beverage of choice!