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#friendsofglass cookery evening at the Wrenkh Cooking Salon in Vienna

Austrian food bloggers are #friendsofglass

Taste
#friendsofglass cookery evening at the Wrenkh Cooking Salon in Vienna

Don’t waste: recycle!

Do you think of your empty jars and bottles as a natural resource? They are if you recycle.

Ecology
Don’t waste: recycle!

Friends of Glass UK recycling competition with Portsmouth City Council

Friends of Glass UK organised a competition with Portsmouth City Council to highlight how important and easy it is to recycle glass bottles and jars.

Ecology
Friends of Glass UK recycling competition with Portsmouth City Council

Luxepack 2017: Authenticity and innovation matter for consumers

Even an ‘ancient process’ such as the one of making glass can evolve and be influenced by innovation.

Design
Luxepack 2017: Authenticity and innovation matter for consumers

5 reasons to buy milk in glass bottles

Glass dairy containers are good for the environment because glass is one of the most recyclable materials you can use. And milk just tastes better when it's in glass!

Ecology
5 reasons to buy milk in glass bottles

Consumers encouraged to close the loop by recycling more glass

Did you know that glass can be recycled infinitely?

Ecology
Consumers encouraged to close the loop by recycling more glass

Look and feel good by recycling your beauty care products

Did you know that the glass from all your little jars and scented bottles is recyclable?

Ecology
Look and feel good by recycling your beauty care products

Cheers! Friends of Glass wins Gold, Silver & Bronze for its talking bottles

Friends of Glass has taken home four Stevie® Awards at the 14th Annual International Business Awards for the pan-European ‘Endless Lives of Glass’ campaign in 2016.

Ecology
Cheers! Friends of Glass wins Gold, Silver & Bronze for its talking bottles

GLASS HAS ENDLESS LIVES: SINGING BOTTLES

Did you know that glass has endless lives? These surprised young folks didn’t. Born from nature & 100% endlessly recyclable, glass has endless lives.

Ecology
GLASS HAS ENDLESS LIVES: SINGING BOTTLES

Initiative to raise young people’s awareness about glass recycling in France

Friends of Glass France has commissioned Respondi Institute to better understand young people's beliefs and behaviors regarding recycling.

Ecology
Initiative to raise young people’s awareness about glass recycling in France

World Environment Day: 3 easy ways to connect with nature using glass

For World Environment Day on 5 June, challenge yourself to get away from phones, computers and all other electronics. Take a journey into discovering nature at its best. Why not do it with glass?

Ecology
World Environment Day: 3 easy ways to connect with nature using glass

Raise a Glass! Friends of Glass wins global award for best social media

Friends of Glass has taken home the award for Best Social Media Campaign for the pan-European ‘Endless Lives of Glass’ campaign in 2016.

Ecology
Raise a Glass! Friends of Glass wins global award for best social media

Friends of Glass UK, M&S and Leeds City Council #RecyclingHero challenge

Friends of Glass UK launched initiative with Marks & Spencer and Leeds City Council to make consumers aware of the benefits of recycling glass.

Ecology
Friends of Glass UK, M&S and Leeds City Council #RecyclingHero challenge

Drip-free wine bottles

Have you ever ruined your table sheets or clothes with wine drops? If the answer is yes, you will love what comes next. A scientist invented a drip-free wine bottle! So, no more wine mistakes or spillages again.

Design
Drip-free wine bottles

Invisible glass

A new product, created by Guardian Glass, makes glass completely invisible. Glass so far has never been really invisible; every piece of lighting has some form of reflection. But that’s in the past now! Guardian Glass developed a coating that’s completely see through.

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Invisible glass

Step your coffee game up

Kitchen firm Oxo has created a new pour-over coffee brewer and look how beautiful it came out! It is constructed in a full glass design with a metal element in the middle.

Design
Step your coffee game up

Wine not? No more wine stains on your teeth

The biggest problem when drinking wine? Staining your teeth of course.

Design
Wine not? No more wine stains on your teeth

Planting in glass

Growing your own plants can be tricky, but with the ‘Haulm’ starter kit you should be good to go in seconds. The beautiful glass pot holds everything you need.

Ecology
Planting in glass

Bottle redesign increases sustainability

One of the UK’s leading regional breweries, Marston’s Brewery, cares about the environment and glass plays a big role as it still is the most sustainable packaging material. But how could they improve even further?

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Bottle redesign increases sustainability

Glass bottle on the go

You need a drink during the day but don’t want to use a plastic bottle? Well, these ‘Soma’ bottles might just be the thing for you.

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Glass bottle on the go

Strawberry Trifle Recipe

Your new favourite strawberry trifle recipe!

Taste
Strawberry Trifle Recipe

The first upholstered glass stool

Belgian designer Alain Gilles created the first upholstered glass stool. A stool made from glass which conveys warmth and extreme comfort!

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The first upholstered glass stool

A DNA Beer Glass

Looking for the best drinking experience? Well the DNA Glass project is here to help. The DNA Glass creates the perfect drinking experience based on human biology.

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A DNA Beer Glass

A short story on glass

Some of us like a glass of wine and a good book. So why not combine the two.

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A short story on glass

The glass kayak we all want

If you like the sea you will surely like the next product we are presenting. Meet the Molokini, by Clear Blue Hawaii, a transparent glass kayak.

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The glass kayak we all want

Sustainable living under glass?

Looking for a new sustainable way of living? Let the following story inspire you. The family Hertefolgers (translated: the heartfollowers) took sustainable living to a whole new level, all thanks to glass.

Ecology
Sustainable living under glass?

The toaster of the future?

Let us Introduce you to the toaster of the future, meet the Bamboo and Glass eco-toaster by Trumpf Studios.

Design
The toaster of the future?

The Kids Museum of Glass

Your kids don’t like going to museums? Well maybe this museum in Shanghai could change their mind. It’s a new concept and focuses on teaching kids how glass is made.

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The Kids Museum of Glass

A Glass Skateboard?

Ever wanted to skate on a glass board? Well now you can, Invizaboard created the first skateboard made from bulletproof glass.

Design
A Glass Skateboard?

Even your pets profit if you recycle!

Do you care about recycling and your pets? Well, we just found the perfect thing for you, meet the Pet Feeder. A recycling machine that feeds your pets as well.

Ecology
Even your pets profit if you recycle!

Recycling Saves Energy, Calculate Your Impact!

Ever wondered how much energy you could save by just recycling glass? The carbon calculator helps you find out. Now you will finally be able to know how much of a difference you really make – which is important for the environment!

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Recycling Saves Energy, Calculate Your Impact!

Focus Group recruitment: Brussels, 14th October 2016

Friends of Glass are currently recruiting European mums and dads for a focus group to discuss about the drivers that bring consumers to choose products in glass rather than in other packaging materials.

Ecology
Focus Group recruitment: Brussels, 14th October 2016

Wine In Moderation supports friends of glass new campaign

Since 2011 Friends of Glass and Wine in Moderation (WIM) have maintained a proud partnership to encourage safety in food and beverage consumption. Whilst here at Friends of Glass we focus on the safety of packaging, Wine In Moderation concentrates on moderate alcoholic ingestion and the true enjoyment of drinking wine.

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Wine In Moderation supports friends of glass new campaign

Glass has Endless Lives: Talking Bottles

Did you know glass has endless lives? These surprised shoppers didn’t. Glass is infinitely recyclable and the safest packaging for the environment. If you want to play your part in preserving the planet, choose glass and buy glass.

Ecology
Glass has Endless Lives: Talking Bottles

8 FACTS ABOUT GLASS & CIRCULAR ECONOMY WORTH KNOWING

The circular economy begins again as it ends. Glass is the perfect example of this when we think of the physical transformation from sand - to glass - to sand again, through the process of recycling.

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8 FACTS ABOUT GLASS & CIRCULAR ECONOMY WORTH KNOWING

When it Comes to Recycling, Age Matters

Europeans are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of recycling food and drink packaging but according to our survey it appears the older generations are more informed and committed than younger ones.

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When it Comes to Recycling, Age Matters

Consumers & Brands Hold Hands For Glass

It looks good, it feels good and it's good for the environment.
Why wouldn't we choose glass?

History
Consumers & Brands Hold Hands For Glass

Tracing Backward in a Sustainable Move Forward

Today recycling is paramount, but our ancestors were recycling hundreds of generations before us.
Let's take a look at the changing importance of recycling over the years ...

History
Tracing Backward in a Sustainable Move Forward

Do you know what sea glass is?

There’s a type of glass that comes from the sea. It’s a natural process, driven by the waves and the beach!

Ecology
Do you know what sea glass is?

Glassberries Design Awards 2016

Design and Innovation at Glassberries Design Awards 5th edition are the goal
of BA Glass – Corticeira Amorim partnership

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Glassberries Design Awards 2016

DIY Treat Jars for you this Easter

Before you start filling your recycling bags this Easter, take a moment to think about what other uses there could be for your used glass.

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DIY Treat Jars for you this Easter

Eco-sand and the future of recycling

In 1974, the first glass bottles were collected and recycled in France. That means we have been recycling glass for about 42 years via bottle banks and close loop production. As technology is evolving, so is the glass industry.

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Eco-sand and the future of recycling

5 reasons why Glass will be your next sustainable friend

In ecology, sustainability is the capacity to endure; it is how biological systems remain diverse and productive indefinitely

History
5 reasons why Glass will be your next sustainable friend

Colours matter…also for glass

Glass has a major part to play in the process of mitigating the effects of climate change. We know recycling is a must, nonetheless there are a few ground rules when it comes to reprocessing glass .

Ecology
Colours matter…also for glass

Sustainability is a lifestyle

Ecology is no longer an isolated concept, it has become a lifestyle
We can reduce, reuse, recycle in so many ways, it’s hard to ignore. And why not?

Ecology
Sustainability is a lifestyle

Living in Glass Houses

A London-based company wants to build transparent homes that can be built in the country or on buildings. Yes you heard it right, on top of buildings! This project, named the Photon Space Project will custom built all-glass houses, each of which consisting of a bedroom, kitchen, toilet and lounge, while the glass walls can be tinted for privacy

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Living in Glass Houses

Sustainability is a lifestyle

Ecology is no longer an isolated concept, it has become a lifestyle
We can reduce, reuse, recycle in so many ways, it’s hard to ignore. And why not?

Ecology
Sustainability is a lifestyle

A year of European Taste

This summer, a smorgasbord of food bloggers from across Europe gathered on a rooftop terrace at EXPO in Milan. Top Italian chef Stefania Corrado was cooking, sharing round delicious appetisers from her latest book. Meanwhile, top wine and beer experts swirled, slurped and sipped to decide what the best-selling drinks from a range of European countries say about the continent's palates.

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A year of European Taste

Supermarket in Glass: One Glass Jar at a Time

At Three Stone Hearth supermarket in Berkeley, California, glass is making a powerful statement. Indeed, most products in this worker-owned cooperative are made and sold in reusable and returnable glass Mason jars.

Taste
Supermarket in Glass: One Glass Jar at a Time

Top Christmas Movies – Featuring Glass!

Ready to toast with friends and family this Christmas? We've paired our favourite Christmas movies to some cheery glasses. Happy Christmas marathon!

Design
Top Christmas Movies – Featuring Glass!

How to Make Stained Glass Biscuits

You'll love to make these beautiful see-through Christmas biscuits and hang them on your Christmas tree!

Taste
How to Make Stained Glass Biscuits

5 Ways to Decorate For Christmas Using Glass

Snowflakes are falling, knitwear finds its way out of the closet, and the frost is biting our noses – winter has arrived!

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5 Ways to Decorate For Christmas Using Glass

Tasting With Your Brain, Not Your Tongue

Researchers have discovered that taste does not come from the tongue after all.

Taste
Tasting With Your Brain, Not Your Tongue

All I want for Christmas is Glass….& Health

The holidays are a time for intimate dinners with friends and loved ones. From preparation to second-day leftovers, glass is the ultimate packaging to keep your family safe.

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All I want for Christmas is Glass….& Health

The Art of Glass: Motion, Space and Form

Glass is beautiful, and now more than ever artists are working with it to produce spectacular pieces of art.

Design
The Art of Glass: Motion, Space and Form

When Glass Loves Design: from Tripod Lamp to See-Through Eco-Friendly Toaster

Check out the latest trends on glass and industrial design, where the beauty of glass meets innovation.

Design
When Glass Loves Design: from Tripod Lamp to See-Through Eco-Friendly Toaster

Cheers to the Year Ahead

2015 has been a great year for us at Friends of Glass - and we hope it was the same for you!

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Cheers to the Year Ahead

Glass Remains Glass: Past, Present and Future

Glass is an item so integrated into daily life that quite often people don't realize how omnipresent it actually is.

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Glass Remains Glass: Past, Present and Future

Sustainability in Action: European Week for Waste Recycling

The 2015 European Week of Waste Reduction is this week (21-29 November 2015). With that in mind, Friends of Glass has an out of this world message on the sustainability of glass and the importance of glass recycling!

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Sustainability in Action: European Week for Waste Recycling

UNITED BY TASTE: FRIENDS OF GLASS MAPS EUROPEAN TASTE PREFERENCES & HABITS

In April of this year, Friends of Glass launched the Taste Map Quiz to explore European citizens’ taste preferences and how they are influenced by cultural factors. To date, more than 29,000 people from 30 European countries have taken part in the quiz, helping to build a truly European Taste Map.

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UNITED BY TASTE: FRIENDS OF GLASS MAPS EUROPEAN TASTE PREFERENCES & HABITS

What Happens when 7 Taste Experts come together?

Our 7 Taste Makers met in March, to achieve one thing – to define the Taste of Europe.

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What Happens when 7 Taste Experts come together?

EU Glass Packaging Recycling Hits All Time High of 73%

For the first time ever, EU citizens are recycling an incredible 73% of glass packaging, that’s over 25 billion glass containers! Put into perspective, this is equivalent to every person on earth recycling 3 glass containers each

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EU Glass Packaging Recycling  Hits All Time High of 73%

Do you look at the label?

In Europe, food labelling has become a key factor of health and food safety.

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Do you look at the label?

The Wonders of Water

Discover how there water varies across Europe. There is more to water than you might think!

Taste
The Wonders of Water

Summer Glass DIY Ideas for all the Family!

Some fun ways to get crafty with all the family this summer!

Design
Summer Glass DIY Ideas for all the Family!

Eat, Drink and be Scary!

Tis the season for spooky surprises, candy, and fantasy coming to life. This Saturday is Halloween, so beware of the werewolves, ghosts, pumpkins and princesses – and most importantly, be safe.

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Eat, Drink and be Scary!

Meet Christophe Baert

Chef with EuroToques

Taste
Meet Christophe Baert

Meet Professor Giorgio Calabrese, a famous Italian nutritionist

Renowned Nutritionist

Taste
Meet Professor Giorgio Calabrese, a famous Italian nutritionist

#MapYourTaste on the Tour d’Europe

We’ve set out on a challenge to Map the Taste of Europe

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#MapYourTaste on the Tour d’Europe

#MapYourTaste

Bitter, bland, cool, salty, sour, spicy, sweet…Can Europe be defined by these taste profiles?

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#MapYourTaste

Meet Guillermo Cruz, Wine Sommelier

Spain’s Best Sommelier in 2014

Taste
Meet Guillermo Cruz, Wine Sommelier

Meet Arno Steguweit

Europe's First Water Sommelier

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Meet Arno Steguweit

Meet Jane Peyton

British Beer Sommelier of the Year 2014 - 2015

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Meet Jane Peyton

Meet Caroline Furstoss

French Wine Sommelier

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Meet Caroline Furstoss

Meet Andreas Larsson

Best Wine Sommelier of the World (2007)

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Meet Andreas Larsson

Glass: Ensuring the Taste of Your Summer Favourites Year-Round

Glass is a perfect container for food and drink – it ensures that the flavours are well protected.

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Glass: Ensuring the Taste of Your Summer Favourites Year-Round

Spring brought to you by Glass

Spring signifies a time of new beginnings – days are getting longer, and everything is in bloom after the cold winter months.

Design
Spring brought to you by Glass

Bottle your scents

Do you know why your perfume is best stored in a glass flacon?

Design
Bottle your scents

Friends of Glass – caring about your health and glass packaging in 2014

Did you know...

Health
Friends of Glass – caring about your health and glass packaging in 2014

The hidden element of your health

We all care about our health - that’s a given. But with the stress and bustle of everyday life it can seem like one more thing to add to our never-ending to do lists.

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The hidden element of your health

Glassware Parties

2014 was a stellar year for learning more about the benefits of glass packaging – not only for health, but also for taste!

Taste
Glassware Parties

What’s next for 2015?

2014 was a great year for us at Friends of Glass - and we hope it was the same for you!

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What’s next for 2015?

European Week For Waste Reduction

The European Week for Waste Reduction has commenced! This week is all about learning how we can manage our waste in our everyday life by practicing the 3R’s – reduce, reuse, and recycle. Lucky for us, glass is the ideal packaging material for practicing the 3R’s. Here’s how:

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European Week For Waste Reduction

First German Glassware Party: Friends of Glass cook with food bloggers

The first German Glassware Party was held at Kochatelier Bergisch Gladbach with nutrition expert Dr Ulrich Nehring and TV chef Klaus Velten.

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First German Glassware Party: Friends of Glass cook with food bloggers

ITALY: The party doesn’t start until the glass walks in!

The Glassware Party, the event that has engaged mums and food bloggers in the UK and which will entice European bloggers in the coming months, has arrived in Italy.

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ITALY: The party doesn’t start until the glass walks in!

Glass for your Health

Did you know, that due to its all-natural components, glass packaging is chemically inert - meaning that no harmful substances migrate from the packaging to the contents.

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Glass for your Health

The Design of Glass

It’s not just food and drink that glass can preserve perfectly - flacons are a cool and beautiful way to preserve the scents you love!

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The Design of Glass

5 Ways To Use Glass For Your Halloween Decorations At Home

With Halloween right around the bend, we’d like to share 5 ways to use glass around the house for your decorations. Nifty, crafty, and sometimes outright spine-chilling, these ideas will leave your house ready for the big day - the 31st of October!

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5 Ways To Use Glass For Your Halloween Decorations At Home

Keep Calm and Choose Glass

Packaging keeps our food clean, fresh, and tasty – in fact, without it, our food and drink would be open to outside elements that can negatively affect the taste and health benefits.

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Keep Calm and Choose Glass

Get cooking with Recipes in Glass!

Friends of Glass loves good taste – and nothing tastes better than it does in glass!

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Get cooking with Recipes in Glass!

LOCAL ACTIVITIES: FRIENDS OF GLASS UK CREATE RECIPES IN GLASS WITH BLOGGERS

Recently the team at Friends of Glass UK hosted a very special event for some of the UK’s leading mum and food bloggers. Ten lucky bloggers were invited to join TV presenter Cherry Healey at Michel Roux Jr’s famous Cactus Kitchen Cookery School in London (also home to BBC TV’s Saturday Kitchen) to learn all about how to create simple yet sublime, recipes presented in glass.

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LOCAL ACTIVITIES: FRIENDS OF GLASS UK CREATE RECIPES IN GLASS WITH BLOGGERS

COLOURFUL APPROACH BRINGS GLASS RECYCLING SUCCESS

As all our Friends of Glass know, 100 per cent recyclability is one of the brilliant benefits of glass and we are always happy to hear about companies who are helping ensure more of it gets recycled every day.

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COLOURFUL APPROACH BRINGS GLASS RECYCLING SUCCESS

Don’t just look at the label. Look Beyond the Label. Look for Glass.

We all care about our health – but isn’t it exhausting, sometimes, to constantly be on the lookout for the healthiest options at the supermarket? What if we told you it wasn’t just the contents that you had to watch out for?

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Don’t just look at the label. Look Beyond the Label. Look for Glass.

Why Glass Is Best For Your Child

It is natural parental instinct to want what’s best for your child. This is especially relevant when it comes to food packaging, which is a growing matter of interest for young parents.

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Why Glass Is Best For Your Child

Glass – A Lifestyle Choice

Glass packaging doesn't meddle with the quality of your food. It doesn't change the flavour, nor does it emit chemicals into the contents.

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Glass – A Lifestyle Choice

Friends of Glass invites you to Look Beyond the Label

It’s easy to forget that there’s more to your food than ingredients. At Friends of Glass, our goal is to encourage people to think more about - not just what’s in their food – but what’s outside it as well.

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Friends of Glass invites you to Look Beyond the Label

Choosy Mums Choose Glass

When it comes to your baby’s health and safety, nothing is too good. In 2011, the EU officially banned the sale of BPA in baby bottles. Since then, other countries like France have even begun to completely eliminate it from all of their food packaging. When it comes to your baby’s health – be choosy. Choose glass.

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Choosy Mums Choose Glass

Health Benefits of Glass

Health is endlessly valuable. When consumers opt for glass packaging, they are recognizing this value. And many consumers already do - for over 6 out 10 EU consumers health safety is an important driver in choosing glass. Let’s take a look at why glass packaging results in a healthy lifestyle.

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Health Benefits of Glass

FOCUS ON YOUR HEALTH THIS SUMMER

The summer season is upon us, meaning picnics are in full swing. When enjoying the sun, we should be mindful not to spoil any food or beverage left out for too long. Instead, place your food in glass containers to ensure that food stays fresh and chemical-free.

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FOCUS ON YOUR HEALTH THIS SUMMER

Health

Renovate your health with glass

Taste

Glass is eating done right

Ecology

Endlessly Recyclable - Exclusively Natural

Design

Inspired by iconic transparency

History

5000 years in the making