Beer bottle sand could save New Zealand’s beaches

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If you hadn’t noticed, New Zealanders really give a damn about the environmentThey care for their rivers and lakes, half the country’s a national park and they throw themselves at whaling ships on a daily basis. They do environmentalism well, and now they do it even better.

To help combat the global sand shortage (the world’s running out of sand, fyi), New Zealand brewer DB Breweries has designed some very cool machines. Each machine lets drinkers instantly turn their empty beer bottles into sand. The beer bottle sand is then distributed to construction companies, concrete manufacturers and anyone else who needs it, reducing the country’s dependence on coastally dredged sand. Read more…

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