Sandy Beach

WHAT IS SEA GLASS?

Sea glass is formed from tableware, glass used on ships, bottles and household items that have been discarded into the water. It was common in the past to simply dump trash into the water, especially along shipping lanes and shorelines. As the glass item reaches the shore, the pounding waves and rocky shoreline break the item into smaller bits and wear away the cut edges over time. Smoothed by decades of undersea erosion, beach glass is often round or triangular and has a frosted appearance. Sea glass takes 20 to 40 years, and sometimes as much as 100 to 200 years, to acquire its characteristic texture and shape.