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Why Wine Drinkers Choose Glass

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The traditional 75cl glass bottle option is still by far the most popular choice of wine packaging, according to Wine Intelligence research, with almost three quarters of consumers buying it regularly.


According to the report, consumers base their decisions on a wide range of factors, including value for money, portability and environmental credentials. However, occasion and product image are the most important, which is great news for glass; because as we all know, glass adds class!


People who choose glass bottles for wine know that glass is the only packaging material that fully preserves the original taste of wine, so that with glass, wine tastes like wine. Glass wine bottles do not need plastic linings to keep their contents safe and drinkable.


Glass is also 100% and infinitely recyclable without any loss of quality!


No other material match the sheer beauty and craftsmanship that goes into producing glass.What better gift is there to bring to a dinner party than a well selected glass bottle of wine to complement the food on the dinner table?


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High Five to Mark & Spencer’s Plan A

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We were delighted to hear this week of Marks & Spencer’s plans to make more out of glass recycling. As M&S celebrates five years of its “Plan A” ethical business strategy, the popular high street company also claimed it had become the first carbon neutral retailer, sending zero waste to landfill.


M&S’ head of Plan A delivery, Adam Elman, told edieWaste that the company is currently in discussions with its glass jar and wine bottle manufacturers to source and return higher quality levels of glass to them through better segregation methods at its stores and distribution centres. 

“The mixed glass we collect from our stores we are looking to separate out and also remove the ceramics so the clear glass can be sent back direct. By returning more of this material to our manufacturers, it will help them reduce the energy usage of their furnaces,” he said. 


We believe that Mark & Spencer is a great example of how a business can profit through adopting sustainable practices.  According to Elman, the revenue M&S now derives from its recycling activities, coupled with the avoidance of landfill cost and reduction in staff time associated with processing food waste, delivered an annual net benefit of £6.3m in 2011-12.Cheers to that!


Heinz unveils on the go baby drink range

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We were disappointed to read last week about the packaging for Heinz’s new baby drinks range. Heinz has chosen 150ml plastic bottles for its new on-the-go baby drinks claiming that glass bottles were less convenient. We disagree. Glass is the only material that offers complete peace of mind on health – it is inert, requiring no additional layers chemicals to protect what it contains, making it the material of choice for baby food and drinks.


Glass is also now in many cases 40% lighter than 20 years ago, and is the only material to be infinitely recyclable. A typical glass jar or bottle can take just 30 days to go from recycling bin back to a new container on the store shelf.  What’s not to like?


We know that choice of packaging is important too – 84% of consumers across Europe want the right to keep choosing glass packaging (The European Glass Packaging Survey). Respondents were aged 18 and older and represented a cross-section of each country’s population. A copy of the executive summary and full survey is available on request.


So our plea to Heinz is – please keep glass on the shelf and let your customers continue to enjoy the choice.


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Just plain nuts: ‘Is glass excessive packaging?’

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Last week Sainsbury’s announced that  it has reduced the packaging on its peanut butter by 83 per cent by replacing the existing glass package with plastic in order to reduce the amount of packaging. Although at first glance this might seem a commendable move to  cut carbon, a closer study of the facts will show that it is misplaced.


Glass is 100% and infinitely recyclable. It can be recycled in a bottle-to-bottle system, with no need for down-cycling and without any loss of quality. One tonne of recycled glass equates to saving 1.2 tonnes of rigin materials, about 30% of energy as well as reducing C02 emissions. Glass also has a strong case on reusability grounds: no other material can be reused up to 40 times. New technologies have enabled the industry to develop containers up to 30% lighter than twenty years ago without compromising their performance or aesthetic characteristics.


Rebecca Cocking, Head of Container Affairs at British Glass, was disappointed to hear the recent news and stated that she had hoped that  spurious claims like this  full of “greenwash” were a thing of the past.


She commented, “It is astonishing that Sainsbury’s has linked this  to excess packaging. Our evidence, and lots of independent consumer research indicates that glass is one of the last materials they would associate with excess packaging.”


She adds: “Sainsbury’s recent move appears to actually go against Courtauld Commitment Phase II. WRAP publicly stated that despite glass being heavy in relation to other packaging materials, its CO2 equivalent was significantly lower, whilst other formats such as plastics were lighter in weight but higher in terms of CO2 equivalent.”


Other benefits of glass are also being missed in the switch to plastic. With 8.3m tonnes of food being wasted every year, glass containers have a vital role to play in ensuring our food stays fresher for longer, as glass is inert with no added chemicals to worry about.


And what about customer choice? According to a survey carried out in September 2010 by the global market research company TNS in 19 European countries, an overwhelming majority (88%) of European consumers prefer glass packaging over other packaging materials to contribute to a healthy lifestyle.  They trust glass to protect nutritional quality of food and drinks, and against any chemicals.  Consumers recognize the health and environmental advantages of glass and they are ready to choose glass as their first option over other packaging materials.


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The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) yesterday confirmed that “sell by” and “display until” dates will be removed from goods on supermarket shelves to deter people from throwing away food when it is still safe to eat. Working together with the food industry, consumer groups, regulators, and the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), it is hoped that the move will cut the £12bn worth of food that is needlessly binned every year in the UK.


Liz Redmond, head of hygiene and microbiology at the Food Standards Agency (FSA), said: “This new guidance will give greater clarity to the food industry on which date mark should be used on their products whilst maintaining consumer protection”.


Whilst removing these dates on the packaging goes some way to helping reduce food waste, the packaging materials itself also play a vital role. A survey done in 2010 by the European Container Glass Federation (FEVE) has shown that 69% of consumers believed that glass packaging is the best at preserving the original taste and nutritional value of their food and beverages.


The first and foremost reason for packaging is to protect and preserve products. Glass is the best material for doing this because it’s chemically inert. In fact, it is the only packaging material that requires no protective layer between content and container, and it preserves the natural flavour and appearance of products for a long time without the need for preservatives. Glass containers are also easy to reseal and keep products fresher for longer once they’ve been opened.


Consumers also attribute a higher added value to products contained in glass. More than 85% of European consumers say they would never think of celebrating a special occasion without glass as a favourite container. Thanks to its transparency and infinite flexibility to design, glass adds strong visual appeal to the product it contains. It can transform the simple act of pouring mineral water into an occasion.