One of the less known issues that our planet is facing is the loss of sand.  Due to over-consumption and black market trading, roughly two-thirds of the world's beaches are retreating as global demand skyrockets.  It is in everything from the buildings we work in, to the pharmaceuticals we consume.  

Now, to address the issue, DB has built a machine that will transform DB export bottles into a sand substitute that can be used instead, with the initial goal being to transform c.500,000+ bottles into 100 tonnes of the glass based granules.

Idealog has the full story.