Posts Tagged ‘reuse glass jars’

The Most Glassy Ad We’ve Ever Seen!

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If you asked us, we’d probably say that Douwe Egberts new ‘No Ordinary Coffee’ TV advert may just be one of our favourite ads ever. It has all the right ingredients: creativity, fun, and of course, glass!


We love all the great ideas showcased in the ad, on how to give a jar a second life and reuse it once you’ve spooned the last drop of coffee out. Douwe Egberts suggests using it as a flower vase, storage, house decoration or sweet storage. For those who haven’t caught it on TV yet, you can watch it here.


Everyone knows that air is the enemy of food and coffee is no exception. Once coffee’s original packaging is opened, coffee can loose its freshness quickly. So in order to keep coffee fresh as long as possible, you want to store it in an air tight container, and glass over the years has proven to be the best solution.


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.

In a jam about jars? Read on….

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There’s been lots of talk about whether it’s safe to reuse glass jam jars recently and at Friends of Glass, we’re quite flummoxed by all the fuss! Glass itself of course is absolutely safe – the issue of the original concern was about food hygiene and the importance of ensuring no bacteria can remain from previous food stuffs to contaminate your lovely new jam or preserves. So how to prevent this from happening? You must simply always sterilise thoroughly the glass containers and lids before reuse.


Still worried? here’s a few facts everyone should know about glass – please share them with your friends!


  1. Glass is inert: it doen’t react chemically with the food and drink it contains. It remains one of the purest and safest types of packaging available.
  2. When reusing glass jars, always sterilise thoroughly. The risk of contamination from bacteria doesn’t come from the glass but from any food stuffs that have not been cleaned properly from the container or lid.  Take a look at this easy tutorial on how to sterilise jars from Jamie’s food team to make sure you know how to do it properly.
  3. Glass is the only food packaging material classified as Generally Regarded As Safe (GRAS) by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA). (
  4. There is no difference in the glass used to make Kilner jars and ordinary jam jars, beer bottles, machine-made tableware and even window glass. It is all made using soda ash, limestone and sand. Kilner jars are often bought specifically for use when making jam or preserves. They of course can then be reused again and again as with all other types of container glass, providing the above sterilisation process is followed after each use.
  5. Glass is 100% recyclable without losing quality
  6. Glass 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.