By Stephanie Cornwall
As people try to make more sustainable choices to protect the oceans, glass packaging, famously 100% recyclable
and non-toxic, is today one of the top
choices for shoppers.
Friends of Glass revealed in a recent Europe-wide survey found that 73% of Europeans and UK shoppers rate glass as the most ocean-friendly beverage packaging, while 83% of Britons (78% Europeans) have noticed a change in their own behaviour recently and pay more attention on the environmental impact of their daily life and actions. The survey found that 78% of Britons ranked glass as their preferred beverage packaging choice.
Brook Hayes, Communications Manager at British Glass which manages the Friends of Glass campaign in the UK, said: “Making a positive choice for glass packaging, which is one of the most sustainable and eco-friendly forms of packaging on the shelves, is one small but significant thing we can all do to take care of our oceans.”
She said glass was a natural choice for consumers because, rucially, glass bottles and jars are made from recycled glass, sand, soda ash and limestone. All of the raw ingredients of glass occur in nature, and its unique properties mean that even if a glass container were to end up in the ocean or landfill, rather than being recycled, it will not release any harmful chemicals that may pollute and harm our marine systems.
Veolia, which operates 16 household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) in locations across Merseyside and Halton, recently opened a new high-tech glass recycling facility in St Helens at which 60,000 tonnes of used glass bottles and jars will now be given a new lease of life as energy-saving insulation solutions for Knauf Insulation. The glass collected equates to over 350 million bottles thrown out yearly – which could otherwise end up in landfill or pollute our environment.
One of the major announcements in the glass and bottling industry this year has been a major change in the Stölzle management.
After 14 years, Johannes Schick, CEO of the Stölzle Glass Group, left the group to “face new, different challenges”.
Johannes helped to shape the future of the Stölzle Glass Group, which currently consists of six production sites and three decoration facilities in Europe. He was succeeded by Georg Feith, who has held various management positions in CAG group (the group Stölzle belongs to), and was already a member of the Stölzle Supervisory Board.
Meanwhile, the plastic caps and closures market is expected to be worth USD 61.71 billion in market size by 2023. The market for plastic caps and closures is profiting substantially from an increasing use of packaging, with a rising demand for bottled water and smaller packaging sizes stimulating future growth, along with the growing global use of metal and glass containers in favour of the traditionally used materials in many food and beverage applications. Caps and closures help in the process of extending shelf-life of products and providing barrier to dirt, moisture, and oxygen. the reusability of Plastic.
According to Market Research Future, innovations regarding reusable plastic bottles continues, and plastic was last year projected to emerge as the fastest-growing type within the caps and closures market as it is lightweight, cost effective, and can be used to package various types of products belonging to different industries.