Floating on a restaurant ceiling
Fairy lights and lanterns gild the air
Clear glass bottles strung one by one
With such tender loving care
That sparked a warm and safe feeling;
Of a magical home away from home.
As I patiently waited for my food to be ready
My mind wandered about glasses and plenty
Where did it come from and how was it made
So on the phone I clicked and searched on Google
Piqued by curiosity of everything and nothing
Little by little the unknown started to fade
It is my love of learning as there are treasures of ‘some-things’
Small things, big things, mysterious things
The linking of a whole LOT OF THINGS
To acquire a culture of knowledge—
I can make things better for my future family
Best I start now by visiting the cyber library.
The ingredients for glass making consists of three
Earthly elements of Limestone, Sand and soda ash
Are mixed and melted together
In a fiery furnace
Becoming glowing ‘gobs’ of molten glass
And air filled into a mould
A ‘parison’, a semi-shaped bottle
Blown with air a second time by a ‘blow mould’
All are gently placed on a ‘dead plate’
Where machines propel gentle winds
For cooling down the gleaming glass
The final coats of material are placed for strengthening
And there you have it
A beautiful product.
Now armed with these facts
The ideas started to tinker
Creating a mind-map of more questions
And questions to questions.
What happens now to used bottles and glasses?
Bottles collected and separated they are
Into three main colours
Clear, Amber and Green
On their way to manufacturing plants
Where stickers and contaminants are removed
They are cleaned and primed for their next adventure
Ready to be crushed glass
These ‘Cullets’ you call them are mixed with other raw materials
Thus begins another process to be made into shiny new bottles.