Archive for October, 2013

Glass Packaging Recycling Facts

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There is no doubt that glass is one of the most useful materials on the planet, and has remained so since its invention over 5000 years ago. As we continue to move towards becoming a more sustainable society, glass packaging has become an ever more valuable resource as it can be recovered and recycled over and over again without losing quality.


Here at Friends of Glass we’ve put together some interesting facts to show why every glass jar and bottle should be recycled and what a big difference it can make to the environment:


1. Glass is 100% recyclable and can be recycled an infinite number of times without loss of quality, strength and functionality.


2. Making new glass from recycled glass uses much less energy than using raw materials.  The energy saving from recycling just one bottle will power: a computer for 25 minutes, a colour TV for 20 minutes or a washing machine for 10 minutes.


3. Every household in the UK uses on average 331 bottles and jars each year.  If the average household recycled all their glass, enough energy would be saved to power your TV while watching  210 episodes of Coronation Street.


4. The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle will operate a 100-watt light bulb for four hours.


5. Recycling your glass saves valuable raw materials from being quarried and then thrown away in rubbish dumps.


6. In the UK, recycling saves about 10-15 million tonnes of carbon emissions a year, which is the equivalent of taking 3.5 million cars off the road.


We believe that everyone can help the environment by recycling their glass, why not start today and make sure to recycle all your glass jar and bottles :)


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Love Glass Competition

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Welcome to the Friends of Glass Facebook competition.


We are delighted to be exhibiting at BBC Good Food Show Scotland which takes place at the  Glasgow’s Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre this month from 18th – 20th October. At the show, we look forward to talking to visitors about the great benefits of glass packaging, giving away some exclusive Friends of Glass bottles, and offering visitors an opportunity to enter a major competition to win a Christmas Hamper full of Scottish goodies.


For the duration of the Show, we will also be running a special Facebook competition to win our lovely Friends of Glass jute bags. We will  be posing a question every day, and all you need to do to enter is to submit your answer as a comment to our post. We will be giving away 20 bags  every  day. But be quick – bags will be given away on a first come first serve basis!


Good luck :)


Facebook Competition rules:


1.One entry per person per day

2.The competition will run over 3 days from 9am on Thursday 18th until 6pm on Sunday20th October 2013.

3.The competition will only run each day while stocks last. We will be giving away 20 bags per day (60 bags in total).

4.There is no cash alternative. Friends of Glass UK’s decision is final

5.Winners please allow up to 28 days after the closing date for delivery of your jute bag

Friends of Glass in Scotland!

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Friends of Glass are very excited to be visiting Glasgow next week where we look forward to meeting all our Scottish glass lovers out there. We’re attending the BBC Good Food Show Scotland,  taking place from 18-20th October at the SECC. The show promises to be a fascinating event, packed to the brim with tasty treats including plenty of celebrity chefs!


We’ll be chatting to visitors about the many benefits of glass packaging, including its natural ability to keep food fresher for longer. We’ll also be featuring some exciting competitions for both show visitors and our Facebook fans alike. Those visiting our stand (E34) will have an opportunity to win a unique Friends of Glass water bottle and a luxury Scottish Christmas hamper, which contains just about all the finest things in life! From delicious Scottish smoked salmon and Rannoch smoked beef to an amazing array of cheese and wine.


But don’t worry, if you are not attending the show you will still have a chance to win our most popular merchandise item yet – the Friends of Glass jute bag. Keep an eye on our social media channels  for more details of our special BBC Good Food Show Scotland Facebook competition.


So for all glass lovers who find themselves in the Glasgow area on the 18-20th of this month, do come along to the show and show your support for glass by visiting our stand and becoming a Friend of Glass – we look forward to meeting you!