Archive for April, 2013

Rubies in the Rubble says: Waste Nothing!

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A former hedge fund employee who makes chutneys from waste food has been named as one of the UK’s most promising female entrepreneurs. Jenny Dawson, 27, was inspired to start Rubies in the Rubble by her mother who used to make preserves in glass jars from left-over fruit and vegetables at their family home in Scotland.


Miss Dawson, from Bethnal Green, is one of three finalists in the Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award, celebrating up-and-coming businesswomen under 35. She said: “It is overwhelming that a young, small company like ours was noticed. You see so much food waste everywhere. I thought there must be something that could be done about it.”


The company makes everything by hand; they are generous with ingredients, and are committed to the community. They source all their fruit and vegetables from surplus, fresh from the market.  The preserves are then stored in glass jars, ensuring everything is kept fresher for longer.


Rubies in the Rubble also care about who makes their products. Their workforce is primarily made up of people who are struggling to get back into work, investing time and talent in training them to be connoisseurs.


Miss Dawson and her assistant — helped by three chefs — make more than 250 jars of chutney a day out of wasted food from stalls at their kitchen in New Spitalfields Market. The chutneys are stocked in Fortnum & Mason and go on sale at Selfridges next week.


We are curious to know, do you make your own chutneys at home? If so please share your recipes with us! Leave a comment below or get in touch with us on Facebook or tweet us @FriendsofGlassUK.


Bottled Wishes project captures the hopes and dreams of 50 of the UK’s leading sustainability voices

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Did you know glass is made from naturally occurring materials including sand?*


Friends of Glass invited 50 of the UK’s leading voices on building a more sustainable way of living to share their hopes for the future. Amongst the fantastic responses we received were contributions from sustainability advocates and TV presenters Lucy Siegle and Julia Bradbury. We also heard from campaigners on food waste, climate change and green energy including FoodCycle, WRAP, Slow Food; Greenpeace,; Ecotricity and Good Energy.


These contributions are now being turned into an art installation that features fused recycled glass bottles, each one containing a different wish for the future. The installationis due to be unveiled as the centre piece of our Bottled Wishes exhibition in London this Wednesday 24th April 2013.


Friends of Glass intends that the exhibition will highlight the 100% recyclable qualities of glass while promoting ideas for more sustainable solutions in all areas of life.


Rebecca Cocking, Head of Container Affairs at British Glass, the organisation behind this Friends of Glass campaign, said: “Glass is a healthy and sustainable material that has and will continue to stand the test of time. We wanted to create a window into what other things we would like to see as part of a more sustainable future and thus the Bottled Wishes concept was born.


“While many of the wishes are aspirational and ambitious, the key to success is to start with a clear goal. We hope in exhibiting the wishes, we will help inspire the action required to turn them into reality.”


The exhibition will run for one month at environmental charity Global Action Plan’s offices in Covent Garden, London. At the end of the exhibition the bottles will be auctioned with 100% of proceeds donated to clean water charity drop4drop.


You can also share your own wishes for the future on Twitter using the #bottledwishes hashtag. All wishes will be entered into a competition to win dinner for two at Galvin at Windows, with five pairs of viewing tickets for the spectacular new all-glass building The Shard for the lucky runners up. So tell us, what is your wish for the future? ;)


For more information about the project and competition visit

*Click here to learn more about how glass is made.

** Picture: Some of the bottles that will be turned into a work of art at the Bottled Wishes exhibition in London this month.


Consumers agree that Glass is good for you and the Environment

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Friends of Glass were delighted to see that consumers know that when they buy products in glass, they can be sure about the natural choice they are making for their families and the environment.


According to the recent Waste and Resource Action Programme’s report “Consumer Attitudes to Food Waste and Food Packaging” glass jars and bottles are seen as ones of the least concerning packaging materials.


No wonder, glass is a pure and natural product with an added bonus: there is no migration between glass and its contents. Ingredients such as flavourings and vitamins are therefore preserved for a long time without any change in flavour.


The survey also showed that glass jars and bottles are seen as one of the easiest materials to recycle, The glass you put in the bottle-bank is recycled to make new glass, a process that can be completed time and time again, with no loss in quality.  Also, the more glass is recycled, the less energy and raw materials are consumed.


Did you know, recycling a single bottle could power a PC for 25 minutes, a colour television for 20 minutes or a washing machine for 10 minutes!


*Consumer Attitudes to Food Waste and Food Packaging Report 2013