Common Sands is a collection of recycled glass tiles made from the glass components found in discarded ovens and microwave ovens. A prototype project to address both silica scarcity and growing volumes of electronic waste, Common Sands tiles are developed in a collaboration between Studio Plastique, Snøhetta and Fornace Brioni as the result of more than 3 years of research and experimentation. With the aim of creating sustainable, smart and refined architectural products, the project creates new value for an abundant yet unexploited group of materials.
100% E-Waste Glass. Glass from discarded microwaves and ovens.
- The main ingredient for glass is sand
- Sand is too cheap, too abundant, and too difficult to recycle. However, this
understanding stands in strong contrast to the geopolitical context of carbon-heavy sand mining, which is marked by both material scarcity and ecological disaster.
- The recycling of WEEE glass (such as many types of glass) can reduce the need for energy resources up to 30% (UN, CTCN).
In the EU, we have achieved an average of 75% for the recycling of packaging glass (bottles, jars, etc.) However for the recycling of glass from e-waste (which amounts to more than 3,3 million t/year) the rate is between 0-1%.
A hygienic surface finish
Contact & info
Design Museum Gent
Selection as part of DING (Design in Ghent), the new wing of Design Museum Ghent.