Making glassware in nigeria from 100% recycled glass
Furthering on its commitment to quality, functionality, artisanal, environmental sustainability and social impact. The unique combination of factors make Igo glass a true journey in celebrating our African heritage.
Lagos as a city is on track to become the third largest economy in Africa, with a population of over 20 million and growing, the need to recycle, re-purpose and reuse the glass waste while engaging and training the youth does not only addresses the challenge of urban waste, but of job creation.
The products, which include a range of tableware, drinking glasses, vases, jugs and Artisan African art are all handmade from recycled glass –
waste glass , clean gas and old newspapers/jute bags.
The reason why IGO Glass is so Unique is that only recycled glass is used – mainly old cool drink bottles, broken glasses and that each and every piece is totally handmade and mouth blown. People within the Lagos market area collect bottles and are paid per kilo for clean glass. IGO glass is also outstanding in its environment care by utilising only clean gas to fire the furnaces and overall production.
Igo Glass recyclers began in 2019 in the heart of Lagos, Nigeria. Igo meaning glass/bottle in the Yoruba language felt most befitting for the first of its kind in Nigeria in the area of glass blowing and given the history of glass in Africa.
Archaeological evidence found at Ile-Ife, Nigeria proves glass was produced in sub-Saharan African centuries before the arrival of Europeans. Glass-making was known to have occurred in southwestern Nigeria but it was previously widely believed that glass imported to Africa by Europeans, possibly for the use in the trade of slaves and goods, was simply re-melted and reworked. This site in Nigeria provides the first solid evidence for primary glass production in sub-Saharan Africa.
The founders both based in Lagos, are exposed to a rich diversity of African culture, and the interaction with a veteran in glass, founder of Kitengela glass and Research trust lead to the formation of a glass studio.
Igo Glass is concerned with conservation and organises environmental awareness through working with schools and the hospitality sector within Nigeria.
Igo glass believes that business success, saving the environment and sharing our rich African heritage can
be a winning formula.