The environment matters, and we are committed to doing our bit, especially when it comes to recycling.
The Malt Gallery recently partnered with the GREEN GLASS RECYCLING INITIATIVE – LEBANON (GGRIL), a brilliant cause dedicated to recycling green and amber glass packaging and reviving Lebanon’s fading glass-blowing craft.
During the 2006 war, Lebanon’s only manufacturing plant of green glass was completely destroyed. The plant served the local beer and wine industries, using up all the green and amber glass from the Lebanese glass recycling stream.
Since then, around 71 million green and amber bottles have ended up in landfills or uncontrolled dumps annually. GGRIL aims to divert as many green and amber bottles as it can from landfills or forests, where they pose a major fire hazard.
Indeed, up until May 2018, GGRIL had diverted around a million bottles from ending up in landfills by forwarding them to the glassblowers of Sarafand, who have had more work in the last five years making GGRIL designs then they had for the last 25 years combined.
After the devastating Beirut Port explosion, GGRIL played a major role in diverting up to 125 tons of shattered glass to two glass-making factories in North Lebanon, providing the struggling industries with free raw materials delivered to their factories. The GGRIL collection expanded by working with these two factories.
To support GGRIL’s mission to reduce waste and promote an ancient Lebanese craft, The Malt Gallery installed recycling bins at two of its locations (Achrafieh and head office) with a third bin soon to be placed at its branch in Batroun. Until May 21, 2022, clients who bring their empty bottles for recycling can benefit from a 5% discount on purchases made at The Malt Gallery, while extra loyalty points are being extended to online clients who send in bottles with our delivery team.
Positive change requires teamwork, so let’s work together to make Lebanon better.