Archive for January, 2012

Company’s charitable contribution kiss the Belu’s away

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Belu, the most ethical water brand, has become the first ever water brand to offer both still and sparkling water, bottled in green glass. Not only do the new green glass bottles have a higher recycled content of at least 70% than any of other clear glass brand, all profits from sales on the entire Belu water range will go straight to Wateraid.


These funds go towards helping to fund clean water projects in the world’s poorest communities. Since the beginning of its partnership with WaterAid, in 2011, Belu have already raised £199,100 already and have committed to a minimum of  further £300,000 to be donated to WaterAid, by 2013.


Karen Lynch, Belu’s managing director said: “Swapping imported green glass bottled water for Belu’s green bottles is an easy and cost effective way for hotels and restaurants to do their bit for the environment and at the same time, help raise vital funds for WaterAid. Consumers are still getting quality bottled water, but in the most ethical way possible. Our growth over the last twelve months proves that switching from an imported brand will have a positive impact on sales.” Belu has committed to using at least 70% recycled glass content in all of its bottles in the future.


Hank loses weight – and helps the planet!

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- A government-backed programme has encouraged the ‘lightweighting’ of wine bottles, which has helped cut packaging related C02 emissions by 20 per cent (WRAP GlasRite project).


- The GlassRite Wine project has achieved glass savings of more than 37,828 tonnes per year.


- It also showed an increase of 253 million bottles of wine bulk imported to the UK and over 55,420 tonnes of domestic green cullet used.


- The use of recycled glass has increased by nearly 24,000 tonnes per year, saving more than 20,000 tonnes of C02 – equivalent to taking over 6,000 cars off the road.


- Sainsbury’s lightweighting of over 250 individual product lines has saved 490 tonnes of glass annually – the equivalent of C02 emission reduction of 382 tonnes.


Glass recycling – are we making the most of it?

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Did you know that to ensure the best quality recycled glass and to reap the environmental rewards, it’s important to separate glass from other materials when recycling your bottles and jars?


One of the current issues of concern to Friends of Glass is that while many local councils  now operate a kerbside collection scheme, not all of these authorities separate glass into separate compartments before recycling. This means the glass gets ‘contaminated’ with other materials and leads to lower quality cullet (recycled glass), which is then unsuitable for making into new bottles or jars. Some claim new technology at the processing stage separates the materials effectively, but most of the evidence shows that this is not the case.


Charles Clover said about the issue in the Sunday Times (1/1/12): “Some councils….collect different coloured bottles separately, some all together. This means that as much as 30% of glass is sold as roadstone instead of being melted into new bottles”. We also know from new research in the UK that most people are disappointed when they find out their recycled bottles and jars are ending up in our roads and not back on our shelves as new containers.


While the emergence of kerbside recycling collections has meant that recovery levels have gone from strength to strength, to get the maximum value and environmental benefits from recycled glass, it’s also important to ensure that the quality of what is being recovered is also preserved.


How you can help


We would like to encourage all our Friends of Glass to ensure that their glass is collected separately by taking your glass bottles and containers to the nearest glass bank (as many are located at supermarkets, you won’t need to make a special trip, just combine it with your usual shop or when you are next passing by). By using glass banks, you’ll be doing your bit to ensure that your recycled glass comes back as new bottles and jars and not just as filler for roads.


British Glass questions glass-to-plastics switch

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An interesting article on



British Glass has hit back at claims plastic packaging can cut carbon emissions compared to its glass equivalent.

The organisation has argued that glass’s recyclability should not be forgotten when supermarkets and other end users of packaging consider its green credentials, and that a ‘whole-life’ approach should be taken rather than focusing purely on weight.


Its comments come after jam and spread manufacturer Duerr’s last month publicly announced a £100,000 investment in new equipment to pack Sainsbury’s own-brand peanut butter in PET rather than glass jars.


Duerr’s director Richard Duerr told the Manchester Evening Newslast month that the investment was “a major step forward for packaging and will significantly contribute to reducing carbon emissions”.


Rebecca Cocking, head of container affairs at British Glass, said: “While we applaud the great strides being made by the supermarkets to reduce packaging and waste in their operations, we do strongly disagree with the claim that plastic packaging is per se a greener choice than glass.


“Less weight does mean lower fuel costs and reduced CO2, but to claim therefore that plastic is greener is misguided.


“We believe a more comprehensive, whole process approach that takes into account everything from raw material extraction to end disposal is required to truly understand the true environmental relative impact of packaging materials.”


Sainsbury’s made the switch in September as part of its overall aim to reduce the overall weight of its own-label packaging by a third by 2015.


At the time of their launch, Sainsbury’s head of packaging Stuart Lendrum said: “Our work on peanut butter is a great example of how you can reduce packaging without sacrificing its effectiveness. In fact, the new jars will be less prone to breaking making them even better than the previous ones.”

Friends of Glass – Gü

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Gü, Arguably the most delicious, decadent desserts ever known to man, have really added a naughty side to glass!


Whilst some customers may believe it to be a continental brand, the company, set up in 2003, is roguishly British, with founders using a play on words to vaguely resemble goût – French for taste. And we all know that glass keeps food tasting fresher for longer.


Although their puds might be devilishly indulgent, don’t feel too guilty, as the company are intriguingly eco-friendly. Guiding customers to use their ramekins again and again, suggestions on their website for regular reuse include planting pots for garden herbs, storage places for stray buttons or loose coins, perfect tea light holders and ideal for serving nibbles in!


They also guarantee that the ramekins are made from 60% recycled glass, and are upfront about asking customers to recycle or reuse their ramekins after use – which we think is absolutely Gü-eatiful!


Finally, if your office has over 100 people, will really get your colleagues tongues wagging!