Everything You Need to Know about Sea Glass

Everything You Need to Know about Sea Glass
Worn by the ocean, sea glass is a treasure that many beach goers comb the sand searching for. It can be found in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes and for many, collecting it is a hobby. When we embarked on launching a new color for our Bug Bite Thing tool, we wanted something that invoked feelings of happiness at spending time outdoors. Being a Florida based company, beaches and oceans are a big part of our lifestyle, so naturally sea glass came to mind. We started researching, we wanted to learn about this jointly man and nature made treasure. How is sea glass created and how can you find it? Read on to find out all that we learned!
Sea glass is a rare instance of trash from humans being converted into something valuable by mother nature. Most commonly it is glass from bottles, but really any piece of glass that finds its way into the ocean can be turned into sea glass. The glass is tossed and tumbled by the current and saltwater waves, creating smooth, polished edges. Over time, the glass also loses its shiny appearance and acquires a frosted look. Essentially, the ocean is a natural rock tumbler. Sea glass can take anywhere from 20 to 100 years to wear into the desired appearance.

The most common colors beachcombers will discover are kelly green, brown, white and clear. These are derived from bottles like beer and soft drinks and clear glass from items like glasses and windows. But there are more rare and highly sought after colors like amber and soft blues that can be traced back to glass bottles from different periods in time. Part of the fun can be speculating where and when your treasure is from.

For more on sea glass colors, check out this guide.

If you are hoping to score some sea glass on your next beach excursion, plan your trip around low tide. This is the best time to search for things like sea glass and seashells washed ashore. If you really want to increase your chances of uncovering some sea glass, the very best time to visit the beach is during spring low tides or the first low tide after a storm.

Top five beaches to find sea glass in the United States

Top five beaches to find sea glass in the United States.

Sea glass is actually becoming harder to discover. This is because many products that were previously made of glass are now made of plastic, like your soda or water bottle for example. Along with a transition of materials, there has also been a shift in human behavior. We are more conscious of our environment and making efforts to keep trash out of our oceans.

If you do decide to go on a hunt make sure to read about your local rules before removing any precious glass from the beach. Many beaches including all U.S. state parks have rules against taking seaglass or other items from the beach and you can be fined for doing so.

If you love searching the sands for a sea glass treasure or simply love the color, add our newest tool in Sea Glass blue to your collection!

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