Why Choose Glass
Glass has been the packaging material of choice for the elite since Roman times, and since becoming inexpensive, safe and sustainable some 400 years ago, it has been the preferred packaging material. No other material offers the same safety and protection to its contents, and no other material is nearly as recyclable.
Glass is inert and non-porous, it cannot leach any chemicals or contaminants into its contents. In fact, glass is the only kind of packaging material that doesn’t have to be lined with plastic or similar materials to protect the food or drink that it holds.
Food and beverage producers over world use glass containers to convey their brand as well as their product to the consumer. Shoppers are moving away from plastic and synthetic containers due to safety and quality concerns. Some 87% of consumers believe that synthetic containers can leach chemical contaminants into their products. They know glass to be safe and inert, and subconsciously believe that products packaged in glass are of a higher quality.
Glass is green. Glass can be recycled any number of times without losing any strength or quality. A recycled container can become a new glass container without waste.
Glass is safe. It contains none of the chemicals found in plastics, like Bisphenol A or S, or Phthalates. These kinds of chemicals are banned in many parts of the world due to health risks.
Glass is Strong. It can withstand pasteurisation, sterilisation, and can even be microwaved without degrading or releasing any toxic chemicals.
Products last longer in glass. Glass can provide a vacuum or a protective atmosphere for an extended period, while remaining unaffected by its environment. Green and Amber glass also protects products from ultra violet (UV) light.
According to the FEVE: Consumer Preference & Packaging in Europe study, Glass is seen as the most economically and environalentally friendly packaging option by consumers.
For the last four decades, glass container manufacturers across the UK and the EU have been working to further reduce the environmental impact of glass manufacture and recycling, positioning glass as an economically and environmentally sustainable packaging choice.
The European Container Glass Federation (FEVE) and GPI (the US container glass trade body) have partnered to produce a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of container glass production across Europe and the US, which would measure the industry's overall environmental footprint, including extraction of raw materials and end-of-life recycling.
The FEVE LCA has allowed our industry to follow the complete life cycle of a glass container, and understand how to reduce its impact even further.
More than 70% of glass containers are recycled across the EU. This currently represents almost 15 million tonnes of recycled material each year. What glass does end up in a landfill is inert, not emitting harmful gases like synthetics when they burn or decompose. Furthermore, Glass products do not harm marine life if they are discarded along waterways, coasts, or at sea.
Many recycling operations use locally collected glass, making the process more efficient and reducing total carbon emissions.
Most consumers decide which product to buy at the last minute, right in front of the shelves. This is the moment when your packaging can shine, or fail you completely. Your packaging must be functional and appealing.
Even generic glass containers add a touch of class to the products inside them. No other material has the same shelf impact as glass. The wide variety of shapes and colours glass containers are available in cannot fail to add to your brand.