Archive for December, 2011

Love Your Glass Bank Competition

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Welcome to our competition to find the UK’s most loved glass bank!


As all our Friends know, glass is 100% recyclable and it can be made into new bottles and jars again and again.With the festive season here, when most of us use more glass bottles and jars, we’d like to encourage all of our Friends of Glass to recycle theirs – but with a little incentive to help you on your way.


How to play:


1) Collect all your empty glass containers – hopefully there will be a few bottles and jars left over from Christmas..!

2) Take them to your nearest glass bank (you can find yours by going to and typing in your postcode). Glass recycled at glass banks ensures that the glass collected is of the highest quality and so aids recycling.

3) Take a photo of yourself using the glass bank and upload it to our Facebook page. Don’t forget to tell us where and who you are!


We will select the best 25 photos and display them on our website at the end of the competition. The winners will be rewarded with one of our special Friends of Glass Jute bags, which will also be perfect to use time and time again.



Did you know?


- The first glass bank in Britain was installed on 6th June 1977, and since then the number has risen to over 50,000, allowing over 750,000 tonnes of glass to be recycled every year to make new bottles and jars.

- The first glass jar ever recycled was by Stanley Race, who was president of the Glass Manufacturing Federation at the time. It is believed that over 23 billion jars and bottles have been recycled since then.

- It is important that before putting glass containers into a glass bank, that they are rinsed out and have the lids removed so as not to contaminate the recycling process.

- Bottles and jars should be placed into the correct colour container: clear, green or brown glass. This is important and helps speed up the process because green and brown glass have different chemical compositions and require separate furnaces to melt the glass to produce the best quality glass products.




- One photo per entrant

- Closing date 28th January 2012

- The 25 photos selected  will receive a Friends of Glass jute bag. There is no cash alternative. Friends of Glass UK decision is final and no correspondence can be entered into

- Friends of Glass will post all the winners on our website by 31st January 2011. Winners please allow up to 28 days after the closing date for delivery of your jute bag


Three steps to perfect glass recycling this Christmas

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With household consumption levels reaching their annual highpoint over this next festive fortnight, we would like to encourage you to recycle all of those finished bottles of mulled wine and empty jars of cranberry sauce this Christmas.


With the UK expected to use over 500m bottles and jars this December, just think how much energy we can save if everyone recycled their glass! Not only that; we’d reduce landfill costs, help protect the environment, and be providing employment by doing so too. The jar or bottle you put in the bottle bank might be back on the shelf within 70 days.  And every bottle counts, as recycling a single bottle could power a computer for 25 minutes or power your washing machine for 10 minutes*


Just follow these simple steps:


Step 1: Find your nearest Glass Bank


Check if your local council sorts your glass into separate compartments on the recycling truck next time it collects from your doorstep. If it doesn’t, do take your empty bottles and jars to the nearest bottle bank as this helps ensure the highest quality recycled glass is obtained You can find your nearest glass bank at and just type in your postcode (UK only). Why not plan a visit to your local recycling point in to your family’s post-Christmas meal walk? You can burn off those festive treats whilst doing some good for the environment!




Step 2: Keep out the junk


Unwanted materials decrease the value of recovered glass and increase cycling costs. Never put non-container glass, metals or other contaminants in a glass bank.


Items not for recycling at glass banks:




Step 3: Sort by colour


It is very important that you put each bottle or jar in the correct bottle bank to ensure high-quality glass. A small effort which in the end reduces CO2 emissions and ensures the maximum amount of glass gets recycled.


* Given an average weight of 263g, the energy saving per bottle is 85kWh. (Source: British Glass)

Christmas Wines: Our Top 6

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With less than two weeks until Christmas, we’d expect that most of you are well on your way to preparing your menus for the big day. And whilst no festive dinner would be complete without some quality wines to accompany them, choosing the right selection can be a daunting task to many. But fear not; our recommendations take into account tradition, taste and terroir, and are all packaged in glass bottles, so you can have no fears over lack of quality, environmental friendliness or health.


Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

A Gold medal winning Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa, with a balance of tropical fruits, green pea and fig flavours backed with full floral herbaceous undertones on the palate.


Antario Barolo

Deep Italian ruby red with a bouquet of violet, spices and pepper. Great depth of character on the palate with classic damson fruit flavours and a good amount of spice.


Pink Elephant

This lesser-known species hails from Portugal where it has won awards for its intense fruity aromas, mouth-watering juiciness, crisp, fresh flavours and hints of strawberries and raspberries.


Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Champagne

The “new kid on the block” of the Champagne world, its pale golden colour and fine stream of bubbles leaves the nose with subtle white fruit aromas such as apples and pears. On the palate, dry, crisp and well balanced. Fruit and citrus aromas and a long length.


Marques de Monistrol Vintage Cava Rosé Brut

A perfect pink made from Monastrell and Pinot Noir grapes and packed with red berry fruit flavours, this lovely Spanish vintage rosé tastes just as good on its own or with a mouth-watering fruity dessert, such as blackberry parfait.


Chapel Down Bacchus

This superbly fresh, crisp and citrussy English white is made from Bacchus with its grapes sourced from Kent and Essex – this white is England’s answer to Sauvignon Blanc. The Bacchus grape, named after the Roman God of wine, produces a fresh and crisp wine with excellent citrus fruit characters and a refreshing finish. Packed with zesty, bright fruit and turbo-charged with gooseberry.



All wines available from major supermarkets.




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Data published by the European Container Glass Federation (FEVE) has shown that an increasing number of consumers are choosing Glass packaging, as production volumes in Europe grew by 4.7% in the first half of 2011.


The report highlighted major increases in France, Germany and Italy, who all reached in excess of 6% growth, whilst a dazzling display from Turkey meant a 15% increase was recorded.


FEVE President Niall Wall said, “Glass packaging remains one of the reference materials for brands and retailers to deliver high quality food and drinks…because glass brings great added value while remaining at a competitive price…Consumers simply trust glass because of its environmental, health and taste preservation qualities”.


Recently, records collated by Euromonitor International also showed an increase in the amount of goods now being sold in glass, and cited lifestyles changes as one of the main reasons for more customers selecting glass as their preferred form of packaging. Health conscious customers are especially helping to drive sales; in Italy for example there is an increasing use of honey, packed in glass mainly, as a treatment for sore throats and as a natural sweetener for cooking.  Meanwhile in Spain, private labels are using glass as a method to compete with A-brands in the image and quality stakes.


In the food industry, European consumers are increasingly seeking out ways to adopt healthy eating habits, which has widened demand for glass in canned/preserved foods, cooking sauces and baby food. Spanish foodies seem to have a particular liking for canned/preserved fish, leading to a rise in the number of larger size jars, meaning cost savings for price-conscious shoppers. At the same time, premium product lines in smaller sizes are also faring well as consumers more broadly appreciate the benefits of fish intake.


The Euromonitor document “Glass Returns to Growth: The Outlook in Food and Beverages” continues to reaffirm the strong market position of glass for alcoholic beverages such as beer, spirits and wines and indicated that the female demographic offers further prospects for glass in areas like beer.  Legislation to cut down the misuse of alcohol which targets economy bulk packs might also be favourable towards glass.


In the UK, although the Euromonitor report shows a small decrease in demand, Rebecca Cocking, Head of Container Affairs at British Glass remains unconcerned, attributing the figures to recent fluctuations in the export market: “While there has been no dramatic change in our UK shopping trends, the tough economic climate has exerted a slight downward pressure on our exports. I’m confident this will pick up again as soon as conditions allow. As for demand in the UK itself, research shows that consumers remain enthusiastic supporters of glass packaging, consistently favouring it best for health, taste and the environment.”