Apart from potentially being a great way to make presents or even build a residual income stream for homesteaders, I thought it was a great way to make a set of drinking glasses, glass funnels, or even a glass cheese mold (instead of the standard plastic ones). I think the technique has potential to help us reduce toxicity.
An especially good idea because a lot of recycling centers quit accepting glass. My understanding was that only a small amount of recycled could be added to new glass and it was easily contaminated with bad/inferior glass.
"We're all just walking each other home." -Ram Dass
"Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder."-Rumi
In Ontario, the province next door, they have a deposit on wine bottles ($0.20 I think) as an incentive to recycle them. However, I much prefer reusing to recycling since it usually requires less energy.
My favourite reusable container here is the container the yogurt we buy comes in. They have a "label" printed on them with a special ink and you bring it back to the store for it to be sent back to the dairy for refill. I don't have numbers, but I would think the cleaning process requires less energy than recycling and making new bottles.
Even if you don't care about a perfect edge, this way is much faster and cleaner so you don't have to worry about glass shards in your work. Like for bottle windows.
"You must be the change you want to see in the world." "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." --Mahatma Gandhi
"Preach the Gospel always, and if necessary, use words." --Francis of Assisi.
"Family farms work when the whole family works the farm." -- Adam Klaus