Archive for December, 2013

May your Christmas be Merry and ‘Green’!

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With the festive season just around the corner, many will be stocking up their shelves with sweet treats, delicious drinks and other holiday essentials. It’s one of the most exciting times in the year when families and friends sit down together for a lovely meal and exchange carefully picked presents.


However, Christmas time is also one of the most wasteful occasions, as we produce 30 per cent more rubbish than usual*. That’s why Friends of Glass would like to remind you to recycle the cranberry and horseradish sauce jars you were passing around the table, and put all those wine and beer bottles in the recycling box or take them to bottle bank.



Here are some quick tips from us, for perfect glass recycling this Christmas.


  1. Glass containers such as bottles and jars should be cleaned before recycling.
  2. Remember that you can also recycle the aluminium screw tops along with their glass bottles. Simply screw the top back on the empty bottle before recycling.
  3. 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.
  4.  You can find your nearest glass bank at – just type in your postcode (UK only). Why not plan a visit to your local recycling point in to your family’s post-Christmas meal walk? You can burn off those festive treats whilst doing some good for the environment!
  5. When using bottle banks, put the glass in the correct bank for clear, green or brown glass (blue glass goes in with green glass). A small effort which in the end reduces CO2 emissions and ensures the maximum amount of glass gets recycled.


Did you know?  The jar or bottle you put in the bottle bank could be back on the shelf within 70 days!


Happy Recycling :)



There is a Gift in a Jar for Everyone!

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On the hunt for some fun homemade gifts for your loved ones this Christmas?  Gifts in a Jar are always fun to make and are great and thoughtful presents, too. This year Friends of Glass decided to make our very own Christmas Gift guide, with all presents beautifully packaged in glass jars of course ;) Hope our ideas will inspire you to get crafty!


Gift in a Jar for Her


You simply can’t go wrong with beauty treatments – every girl loves to make herself feel good. Simply gather together a small tub of face cleansing cream, lip balm, bath salts, sugar scrub, etc. Add the items to the jar with the content labels facing the outside so that the recipient can easily see what is in the jar. Once it is all in, print a ‘Spa in a Jar’ label and cut a length of ribbon to wrap around the jar to give it that special touch.




Gifts in a Jar for Him


Who doesn’t like hot chocolate? Try making this Snowman Hot Cocoa, it’s very simple and you can do this if you need a last minute gift and have no time to bake. Simply add some hot chocolate mix powder and some marshmallows into the jar and add a recipe tag on how to make the hot cocoa.




Gifts in a Jar for little ones


The Galt Giant Art Jar is an exciting selection of art and craft materials in a big storage jar, complete with idea sheets for lots of fun craft activities. It makes a lovely gift that will keep children occupied for many fun-filled hours.




Gifts in a Jar for a dog


Let’s not forget our four-legged friends too and treat them to some homemade snacks to get their tails wagging. We’re sure your furry friend will appreciate the effort ;)




We would love to hear which gift in a jar idea is your favourite, also feel free to share your own :) deas and suggestions for a perfect gift in a jar for Christmas :)