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!

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 by simply typing in your postcode (UK only).



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*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.


5 Tips to Make an Excellent Jam

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Making excellent jam is really quick and easy and anyone can do it. You only require a few basic pieces of equipment that you may already have in the kitchen; a large pan, a wooden spoon and of course some empty glass jars.


The Duchess of Cambridge recently revealed that she loves to make fruit jam at home while she’s waiting for Prince William. Kate Moss also loves home-made preserves and is launching her own brand of plum conserve made from fruit grown on her Cotswold estate.  How about you, are you making any preservers this summer? If so, here are some excellent tips from Friends of Glass on how to make your jam top notch!


Start with Tested Recipes

For best results, always use tested recipes from a reliable source. Measure ingredients carefully and follow the directions exactly. Do not change the amount of sugar or fruit. Do not substitute one type of pectin for another.


Use Glass Containers

Glass containers are good for jams because the glass won’t react with the acidity of the fruit. Glass is also preferred since you can see the contents. Here are Jamie’s food team’s top tips on how to sterilise and prepare your jars.


Jam Gifts

In late summer, farmers’ markets come alive with sun-ripened fruits. Why not share their flavours with gifts of jams artfully presented in glass jars? You can also add a pretty cloth over the lid to give your pot of homemade jam a vintage feel.


Make Small Batches

Making small batches means that it will take less time for your fruit to be cooked to softness. The less time the fruit is on the stove, the fresher its final flavour will taste.


Get a Jam Funnel

If you’re a bit of a messy cook, it’s a good idea to get a jam funnel. It’s so easy to use, just sit it inside the rim of the jar and it will stop the jam dripping down the side and onto your worktop.


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Coca-Cola glass bottles are still the favourites

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We were excited to hear that Coca-Cola returned to glass packaging after sales of soft drinks in glass bottles grew by 2.6%*. The company was one of the first soft drink makers to use glass packaging when they introduced Coke back in the late 1800s. The distinctive contour bottle design was inspired by the curves and grooves of a cocoa bean and even today, it’s one of the most recognised icons in the world – even in the dark.


With consumers all around the globe becoming more aware of the benefits of glass when it comes to health, taste, quality and the environment, it’s no wonder Coca Cola has a passion for glass.


In fact, we wonder if this move is directly linked to the company’s plans to cut the carbon emissions linked to each of its products by 25%. Did you know that glass can actually lower your carbon footprint compared to other packaging* materials?  Industry research shows that only 4-5% of any form of packaging’s carbon footprint comes from transportation and the full product cycle has to be assessed in order to determine its sustainability credentials.  With glass being 100 per cent endlessly recyclable, it’s hard to find a better choice for nature!


If you prefer drinking your Coke or soft drinks from a glass bottle, we’d love to know why? Is it because you like to recycle or is it just because it tastes better in glass? Tweet us @glassfriendsUK or get in touch on Facebook.


* According to market analysis firm Nielsen, sales of soft drinks in glass bottles grew by 2.6% for the year to the end of April 2013

**O-I’s Life Cycle Assessment

7 Tips for An Unforgettable Garden Party

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Get the most from your backyard space this summer by transforming it into an outside oasis for entertaining. Here’s the low-down by Friends of Glass on how to transform your outdoor space into a ‘glassy’ space to create an unforgettable experience for your guests.


1. Chill beverages in galvanized buckets filled with ice. This saves room in the refrigerator and makes it easy for guests to help themselves whenever they’re thirsty.



2. Add a vintage feel to your party by using glass jars as drinking glasses.



3. Decorate your garden with hanging glass bottles and flowers. Here is a quick and easy tutorial how to do it.



4. Make DIY glass lanterns. Learn how to make them here.



5. Pre-made/pre-chilled cocktails in glass jars.



6. Small jars are great for making up batches of salad dressing for garden parties, just put the ingredients in, on with the lid and shake.



7. If you’re looking for cupcakes that scream summer, these strawberry lemonade cupcakes in a jar from Glorious Treats is just the thing!



Have you got any garden tips, ideas to share with us? Please tweet @glassfriendsUK or get in touch on Facebook.

Glass Bottles Get Even Lighter!

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Did you know that current glass packaging is around 40% lighter than it used to be? Lightweighting of glass bottles and jars is an important strategy adopted by the glass industry and brands worldwide to ensure a lighter carbon footprint for glass. For example, Belu, the UK’s ethical bottled water brand, has collaborated with glass packaging specialist Rawlings to produce the lightest weight glass bottle for mineral water in the UK. This new bottle will help the hospitality sector make an important reduction in carbon emissions, while using less raw materials in the process – a win-win for all.


Fast facts:

- Belu’s new lightweight bottle saves 850,000kg of glass annually – equivalent to 2.1m wine bottles

- The new bottle is trademarked ‘Ethical Glass’ and is 18% lighter than the original bottle

- Belu will reduce its carbon emissions by 11% with the new bottle – equivalent to carbon associated with 7,000 nights in an average-sized UK hotel.



Malibu’s glass bottle has also been given a new lighter weight bottle. Glass manufacturer Ardagh used  advanced design technologies to achieve best in class weights of  450g for the 70cl version and 455g for the 75cl whilst retaining all the design features of the bottle. A new clear window around the bottom of the bottle is intended to maximise shelf-appeal by highlighting the fresh, clear spirit.


Beer bottles are getting lighter too! Ardagh also has produced a new lighter weight 660ml bottle for Innis & Gunn’s Original and Rum Finish beers. Moving to lower weight glass bottles will considerably lessen the brewer’s environmental impact. The combined weight reduction – the 330ml bottle now weighs 195g, down from the current 245g – will represent a saving of 2,000 metric tonnes of CO2 over the next three years.



Cheers to Belu, Innis & Gunn’s Original and Malibu from Friends of Glass!