“Unpacked” against the flood of garbage

The glass silos from hawos not only store grain and more. They are also an exemplary testimony of craftsmanship perfection and sustainable thinking. DURAN® glass tubing plays an important role in this philosophy.

The glass silos from hawos not only store grain and more. They are also an exemplary testimony of craftsmanship perfection and sustainable thinking. DURAN® glass tubing plays an important role in this philosophy.

Cereals, muesli, coffee, beans, lentils, rice – the glass silo from hawos is a store and dispenser for simply “everything that trickles,” as Steffen Reuther sums it up. The designer developed the new product for hawos Kornmühlen GmbH. The medium-sized company from Bad Homburg im Taunus hits a nerve of our time: away from plastic packaging and its flood of garbage, towards durable materials and sustainable products. The trend is unpacked, zero waste or take it loose. More and more shops are springing up like mushrooms under such names. They sell solid hair soap instead of shampoo, coconut milk instead of skin cream and toothpaste in jars.

The hawos silo tubes are also made of glass, and it should be noted that they are made of high-quality specialty glass, because quality is part of the company’s philosophy. Steffen Reuther knew from the outset that SCHOTT was the first address for such requirements: “The glass must be completely transparent and free of striae and inclusions, it must be manufactured precisely and true to size, robust and chemically resistant to cleaning agents. The glass experts at the technology group he contacted immediately had a recommendation: DURAN®. Borosilicate glass is known for its high resistance and optical brilliance as well as narrow tolerances and has virtually no alternatives on the market, especially for large diameters of 180 millimeters and more. “We also minimize the amount of waste during production and thus meet the economic and ecological requirements of our customers,” emphasizes Dietmar Katlun, Area Sales Manager at SCHOTT Tubing.

DURAN® borosilicate glass tubing is known for its high resistance and optical brilliance.

Photo: hawos Kornmühlen GmbH
DURAN® borosilicate glass tubing is known for its high resistance and optical brilliance. Photo: hawos Kornmühlen GmbH
Many unpackaged shops like to use the slim, space-saving containers, which are an eye-catcher for every shop when lined up next to each other. Photo: hawos Kornmühlen GmbH

Inquiries from Europe to the US and Oman

A hit: beautifully shaped, fitted into beech wood multiplex frames with stainless steel outlet brackets, ready for packaging-free filling in stores, the silos made of DURAN® glass tubing are now available in different sizes for filling quantities between 2.6 and 15.7 liters and with different outlet openings for product-specific dosing. Like hawos’ long-standing success with grain mills, the new silo system quickly made friends. Especially the many unpackaged shops like to use the slim, space-saving containers, which are an eye-catcher for every shop when lined up next to each other.

“We are currently equipping start-ups almost every week and are now recording significant increases in sales after entering the market in 2018,” assures Managing Director Ralf Pigge (see adjacent interview). Sales are now being made not only to Germany, Switzerland and Austria. “There have already been inquiries from Portugal, Spain, France, the US and even Oman,” says Pigge. For him, this is a clear sign that people from many parts of the world are tired of the plastic glut of packaging and want to do something about it. Of course, this is also a welcome message for SCHOTT: Plastic is out, glass is in!

“Be honest and reliable”

Three questions for hawos Managing Director Ralf Pigge

Mr. Pigge, sustainability has not only been part of your business philosophy since today, right?

I have been building grain mills out of conviction for over 30 years and from the very beginning I have focused on high-quality materials, precise workmanship and the highest safety standards. My recipe for success is: Be honest and reliable, vigilant and courageous. Work with passion until the result convinces you and makes you proud.

How can this be seen in detail?

The stone grinder of our mills is made of corundum in ceramic and extremely solid. The wood used comes from PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement for Forest Certification Schemes) certified forests. Our mills are manufactured in a qualified workshop for the disabled. They are a purchase for life and do not have to be disposed of when a part has reached the end of its useful life. We offer a ten-year warranty on these products.

Are you surprised about the success of your glass silos?

We didn’t expect such great interest. The idea was to deliberately replace environmentally harmful plastic with reusable glass. If you don’t use plastic for packaging, you will do the same for silos. The fact that this idea of environmental protection and sustainability is so appealing is enormous encouragement for us.

Upper picture: New start-ups are being equipped almost every week. Photo: hawos Kornmühlen GmbH

Lower picture: The silos made of DURAN® glass tubing are now available in different sizes for filling quantities between 2.6 and 15.7 liters. Photo: hawos Kornmühlen GmbH   

New start-ups are being equipped almost every week. Photo: hawos Kornmühlen GmbH
New start-ups are being equipped almost every week. Photo: hawos Kornmühlen GmbH
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May 25th, 2021

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Katja Thoma
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SCHOTT AG

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