History of Igo glass
Making Glasswares From 100% Recycled Glass
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 Dr.Nasra Ali and Mr. Vassily Oye both based in lagos, are exposed to a rich diversity of african culture, and the interaction with a veteran in glass Madam Nani Croze, founder of Kitengela glass and Research trust lead to the formation of a glass studio.
We are Unique
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 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.