Archive for September, 2013

Enjoy a 3 Course Meal in a Jar

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Autumn’s weather is in full swing now, and with night time drawing in much quicker, we all look for some comforting, satisfying and seasonal recipes to keep us warm. At Friends of Glass, we just love meals in jars ideas; they’re quirky, exciting and theatrical. Glass jars also keep your food warmer for longer and come in a variety of sizes.

 

Here is a perfect trio for a family dinner or friends night in dining experience, enjoy!

 

Spicy Black Bean Soup

 

We think that this homemade soup makes a perfect starter; it’s cheap, easy to make and tastes delicious! Use canned beans and it will be ready in minutes. If you have leftovers, why not pack extra glass containers for the lunch the next day? For the full recipe, click here.

 

Delicious Layered Pizza
The concept of the pizza in a jar is simple, just add your dough and other ingredients and bake. The cool thing about this is that you can prepare the jars ahead and put them in the oven whenever. Why not reinvent this meal by adding new ingredients each time, or maybe bake a few different batches? For the full recipe, click here.

 

Reach Chocolate Cake
End the night on a high with these yummy chocolate puddings. Desserts like these not only look fancy, but also taste amazing, let’s just say the jars will be squeaky clean at the end of the meal! For the full recipe, click here.

 

Have you ever cooked a meal in a jar? If so, we would love to see your recipes or images. Get in touch with us on Facebook or tweet @GlassFriendsUK.

Bottle Deposits – Could They Make A Comeback?

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At Friends of Glass, we often get asked why the UK doesn’t return to the refund on bottle system. It’s a very good question. On the face of it, it does seem an obvious solution for all the reasons that Lucy Siegle’s recent piece in The Observer points out. But like so many seemingly simple ideas, the reality is more complex. In essence, the way we shop and the array of choices we have has fundamentally changed and so some of the old support systems once so popular, are no longer viable.

 

The bottle deposit system, perhaps the original ‘closed loop’ idea, is unfortunately one such casualty. We once relied on the corner store and a handful of locally-based suppliers such as the milkman and the fizzy pop man who would deliver such essentials to our door. Now we now have an abundance of much larger stores and suppliers who operate vast supply chains through centrally located warehouses.

 

The refund system worked because consumers were buying the same type of bottle from the same supplier over and over again. Once used, the bottle was replaced in the crate and taken away to be washed and reused, or collected and returned to a shop by the youngster keen to earn extra pocket money.

 

The explosion in consumer choice means different shapes and sizes of bottles from different suppliers in different locations. Which in turn means economically the old system just is no longer workable because the same bottles can no longer be guaranteed to be returned to the right supplier or brand owner. And the local depots where the bottles would be returned to no longer exist.

 

However, this doesn’t rule out the possibility of a return to some sort of return and reuse system; reuse is the most sustainable outcome of all and glass is superbly suited to it. There are some areas, notably Germany and Benelux countries, where the bottle deposit system still thrives. There are even a few examples in England and Scotland, where specific brands such as Ben Shaw and Irn Bru operate own brand bottle returns.

 

Friends of Glass would love to see bottle returns make a comeback – let’s hope the brands, retailers and the supply chain do too.

 

What is recycling?

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At Friends of Glass, we love recycling and know that our followers do too – but what does it actually mean and why do we do it? Here’s what everybody should know – recycling is a key component of modern waste reduction. When we recycle, used materials are converted into new products, reducing the need to consume natural resources. As a result, the amount of rubbish sent to landfill sites reduces.  If used materials are not recycled, new products are made by extracting fresh, raw material from the Earth, through mining and forestry.

 

As an example, glass packaging is 100% recyclable and can be recycled an infinite number of times without loss of quality. Did you know it takes 1.2 tonnes of raw materials but only 1 tonne of cullet* to make a tonne of glass?

 

Using recycled materials in the manufacturing process also uses considerably less energy than that required for producing new products from raw materials. Even when comparing all associated costs including transport, etc., the energy saving from recycling just one bottle would power a computer for 25 minutes or a washing machine for 10 minutes. Pretty amazing, isn’t it?

 

Everyone can help the environment and waste reduction by recycling their glass jars and bottles. Why not start making the difference today?  Recycling doesn’t have to be hard either! 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 on www.recyclenow.com by simply typing in your postcode (UK only).

 

 

More info about glass recycling visit:

www.recyclenow.com

www.britglass.org.uk/

*Cullet – recycled broken or waste glass used in glass making.

Why Coke Tastes Better from a Glass Bottle

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Have you ever noticed that Coca Cola tastes extra special from a glass bottle? More importantly, have you ever wondered why? If so keep on reading :)

 

Unforgettable Taste

 

Many people say that to enjoy Coke at its best, you need to drink it from a glass bottle.. Glass doesn’t interact with what it holds, which is why it’s simply the best protector of flavour and freshness.

 

Doing your bit for the Environment

 

Coca Cola from a glass bottle not only lets you experience its full unadulterated taste, but also makes you feel good about your impact on the planet.  Glass is 100 per cent and endlessly recyclable, a combination which is hard to beat.

 

Clear Quality

 

Have you ever noticed that restaurants tend to serve their soft drinks in glass bottles? It’s because glass says quality, all by itself. It’s the only packaging material that people get really passionate about, and that’s why the majority of iconic brands still use glass to package their products in.