The Ultimate Pint Glass
Arcoroc have worked in conjunction with the Design Council and the UK Government to develop a safer drinking glass. Their Ultimate Pint Glass offers glass that is 5 times stronger than normal annealed glass so is proven to withstand more knocks and bumps, and if in the event that it does shatter, the Ultimate Pint Glass will break in to safe blunt fragments.
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Unfortunately, in our society, glass attacks are a reality, and a staggering 87,000 injuries are caused each year in England and Wales. With hundreds of people being affected every day by such a heated issue, the Home Office have worked with design company Design Bridge to help redesign the classic British pint glass.
With people's safety in mind, the obvious outcome is the Shatterproof Pint Glass. Two designs have been recently developed, with one to be chosen by the Home Office with the hope that pubs and clubs across the country will introduce them into their establishments.
The first proposed design is the Glass Plus. This design features a standard glass body, with a thin layer of clear resin on the inside of the glass. When an attempt is made to smash the glass, the interior resin layer holds the broken glass pieces in place.
The second proposed design is the Twin Wall. This design utilises the technology found in car windows. Essentially, this is 2 thin glasses in one, with a clear resin filling. When an attempt is made to break the glass, the resin filling holds all the broken glass pieces in place.
One of Britain's classic past-times is enjoying a nice cool pint down the local with friends, so the call to redesign the pint glass has caused a stir. Many pub goers will agree that a pint drunk from a plastic tumbler reduces the enjoyment of the whole pub experience. As such, Design Bridge have been working closely with leading glassware manufacturers to ensure the production of a glass that meets the government design brief while retaining the classic pint feel.
The proposed designs, Glass Plus and the Twin Wall glass, have both proven to perform as desired with the broken glass remaining in place, and the use of real glass in conjunction with resin has shown that it is almost impossible to tell the difference between these and full glass pints.
If chosen by the Home Office, the Glass Plus design could be on the market within 12 months, while the Twin Wall design could take longer to refine. While agreed that this new Shatterproof Pint Glass is a major step forward in reducing glass related attacks, one concern among pub landlords is the cost involved of replacing all of their pint glasses.
A continual hot topic, the Shatterproof Pint Glass is undoubtedly a major step forward for British pubs and clubs. It is only a matter of time before these glasses are introduced into your local.