Used wine bottles get new lease of life as plates

When three friends got together to drink their first bottle of wine at 18, they came up with a novel idea to preserve the moment: flatten the bottle, and “upcycle” it into pretty glassware.

A year and a half later, a successful business, Glassland, was formed to turn used glass bottles into pretty plates.

In 2017 the company took up one of 30 product booths – up from 16 last year – at the third annual UP Market.

The event, held at HDB Hub in Toa Payoh, was Singapore’s first upcycling-themed market to encourage a zero-waste lifestyle.

Upcycling refers to the creative reuse of materials that are usually discarded.

Around 4,000 residents visited the day-long market, making their rounds through product booths from eco-friendly vendors such as Glassland.