Archive for February, 2012

Food and Drinks Last Longer in Glass

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According to an article published on Edie.net last week, the recent Soft Drinks Industry Sustainability Strategy report from the British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) shows that soft drink manufacturers are on track to reach zero waste to landfill by 2015, and that maintaining product quality remains their key challenge.

 

It’s great to see that the report highlights the initiatives that companies like Coca Cola, Britvic and Shloer have taken to lightweight their glass packaging.

 

Shloer, for example, moved to using 750ml containers in June 2008. At that point, its 1 litre glass bottles weighed 660g.The new bottle now weighs 430g. Previously, to package 1ml of Shloer in a 1 litre bottle required 0.66g of glass. Now, packaging 1ml of Shloer requires 0.57g of glass in 750ml bottles.

 

This is just one example of how glass can help the BSDA close in on their objectives. Glass is a pure,sustainable form of packaging that’s healthy for both consumers and the environment, which ultimately leads to landfills not being crammed with packaging waste and our food and drinks retaining their original freshness for longer.

 

When it comes to sustainable packaging, glass has great credentials. Glass uses some of the earth’s most abundant raw materials – sand, soda ash and limestone – which when combined make a natural composition that is both 100% and endlessly recyclable.

 

Even when recycled again and again, the quality, purity and clarity of glass does not deteriorate. A bottle can go from a glass bank, through the recycling stream, remade into a new bottle and back on a store shelf in as little as 30 days.

 

“11,000 bottles of milk on the wall, 11,000 bottles of milk, you take one down, pass it around…”

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Whilst most people store a lawnmower, beach chairs and the barbeque in their garden shed, Paul Luke from Stanford-le-Hope in Essex has managed to amass an unrivalled collection of retro milk memorabilia in his. We absolutely love the fact that Paul has been collecting milk bottles since he was nine, when he was encouraged to do so by his parents whilst helping out on a friend’s milk round.

 

With items including churns and milk measures (the preferred storage devices for milk prior to the invention of the milk bottle) the Museum, the name which Luke’s friends and family refer to it as, now has over 11,000 bottles in it, along a couple of decommissioned  milk floats, for good measure.

 

The former milkman even keeps the collection meticulously clean and methodically organised, and has them displayed based on their region of origin. Paul also confirms that he has no plans to stop any time soon, and has added over 1,000 bottles in the past year alone. His only regret was that he hadn’t planned how to store all his bottles. “In hindsight I wish that I’d built a Perspex floor – that way visitors would be able to view bottles in the cellar, too.”

 

Friends of Glass truly admire Paul’s dedication to this incredible collection and we hope to have the opportunity to visit it soon. Perhaps by then he will have completed his new see through flooring – hopefully it will be made from glass and not Perspex!

 

For more information on Paul Luke and the Milk Bottle Museum, go to milkbottlenews.org.uk

 

 

Based on an article first published in Country Living Magazine

 

 

5 Reasons We Love Glass

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Glass is the clear choice; for you, for your family, and for the environment. Here are 5 good reasons why:

 

Glass is good for your shopping bill:

Buying the same weight mustard, honey or ketchup can cost up to 40% more in plastic than in glass.

 

 

Glass is forever and ever and ever:

Not only can a glass container take as little as 30 days to go from the recycling bin to becoming a new bottle on the shelf, but it can make this journey time and time again – endlessly – without any loss of quality.

 

 

 

Glass is good for the planet:

The average person opens 7 packages a day, so buying more products in glass means more of those packages are reusable or recyclable. For instance, you can keep jars for making jam, chutneys or to decorate as tea light holders*

 

 

Glass has class:

62% of people prefer to drink from a glass with 82% of consumers preferring to drink white wine and 74% red wine from a glass.

 

 

Use it or lose it:

Retailers claim by providing more products in plastic, they are giving consumers what they want. However, 84% of consumers across Europe want the right to keep choosing glass packaging.

 

 

*When reusing bottles or jars for carbonated liquids, always check the suitability prior to reuse.