In its start, and will continue to progress
In 1575, an English glassmaker named George Ravenscroft invented lead crystal glass. This was an important discovery, for this clear, unclouded glass was eventually used for things like telescopes, microscopes, and optical glasses. It was easier to use and had a higher refractive index. (George Ravenscroft, n.d.) In 1608, the first glassmaking factory was built in Jamestown, Virginia. In 1902, Irving W. Colburn invented the sheet glass drawing machine which allowed the mass production of window glass. Two years later, Michael Owens created the automatic bottle blowing machine. (Glassmaking, n.d.) The method of glass production has progressed greatly since its start, and will continue to progress as glass is widely used. As technology advances, new and better ways to create this necessary aspect of our lives will be discovered. Glass in the future, in accord to our design, would look like glass now but would not be harmful. It would not cause pollution or stunt plant growth or harm them when used underground. For this to be possible, the glass must be produced using natural materials. As stated earlier, the glass would be made with a type of soil, which wouldn’t cause problems. It would also be dissolvable, so that it could dissolve when needed. This has been created, but it is used only in the medical field, referred to as bioresorbable glass., a type of amorphous metal. It is created using elements such as magnesium, zinc, and calcium, which are found in the human body. They are used to replace bones and bone tissue. After modifying this glass, we can use it in other ways. In order to decide which materials should be used to create this non-harmful glass, we took many factors into consideration. These factors consisted of three things, the current process of creating glass, pollution, and renewable resources. Glass is usually made by melting sand along with other things. As sand is not very harmless, we decided to try to find another substance. It was difficult to find another material, however, after researched we came across the conclusion of using soil. It is a perfect replacement because soil is not harmful to the environment. Bioresorbable metal would also be beneficial, the reason for this is that after experiments with the human body, scientists have found that bioresorbable metals are safe to use on living things. We also decided that melting compost, along with the other current necessary items to make glass, would be a great idea because compost encourages growth. Using it will render the soil and living plants around it fertilized and healthier. Our idea is to replace the original materials that glass is being made out of, like trash, with more environmentally friendly materials. That way, when glass is being left all over the place, it doesn’t harm the environment as much as other materials would. Pollution from glass and other solid materials is a large problem across the world. An alternative solution to the glass problem would be recycling. However, is extremely expensive and not the most practical or effective. In many cases, the glass cannot be recycled, whether it is due to it being broken and damaged, or possibly because it must be used in its current state. Although we believe that over time the cost of this new glass can be minimized, there are some downsides to it. The idea may not be supported by everyone, and dissolvable glass would not be as sturdy as other glass. It would also be hard to create, manage, and would need to be observed and studied to gain knowledge of this new technology. Spreading the idea and making it a common thing would also require time, money, and would be difficult but possible. Glass is used so much that it would be impossible to replace all glass with our new glass. Despite these challenges, we hope that our idea will be achieved and beneficial to all of mankind. This eco-glass will help us take a step toward a cleaner, safer, and less polluted world.