Is more always better?
We’re delighted when people want to recycle more glass – but putting all the glass types found around your home into your household recycling bin or local bottle and jar bank is actually counterproductive.
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Is more always better?
We’re delighted when people want to recycle more glass – but putting all the glass types found around your home into your household recycling bin or local bottle and jar bank is actually counterproductive.
Does glass really get recycled?
A recent poll revealed that some people don’t bother recycling because they don’t think the material will actually be recycled. We can assure you that this is not true for glass! Glass is never rubbish – it’s a valuable resource. Here are four good reasons to believe that every bottle and jar you use really can and should go on to have another useful life.
Seasonal gift ideas for under £30
As much as we love Christmas, it can turn into a season of excess and waste. To counter this, we’ve come up with some great healthy and sustainable gifts.
Winning on waste
Friends of Glass has been running a competition with Portsmouth City Council to highlight how important and easy it is to recycle glass bottles and jars. We’re pleased to be able to announce the winners – three local residents, the city itself and the planet!
Top 5 new glass bottles and jars
We think glass is great for good reasons - being 100% recyclable and good for protecting food and our health. But sometimes it’s just the clever and creative design in glass that get us excited.
Brightening up Portsmouth Glass Banks!
If you’re going to be in Portsmouth, keep an eye out for some new, space invader themed glass banks. There are six of them, and if you send in a photograph of yourself with them, you could win a share of £250 worth of Love to Shop vouchers.
Recycle Week message matters
Glass is great when it comes to recycling. All bottles and jars are 100% recyclable and just about every part of the country has a system in place for households to recycle their glass packaging when it’s finished with.
What goes around, comes around.
It’s Recycle Week and this year’s theme - What goes around comes around - inspires us to enjoy the benefits of creating a circular economy - where we make, use and recycle. This is in contrast to the unsustainable make, use, discard linear economy. Recycle Week is great opportunity to learn more, find ways to recycle more, and get more people involved.
Striving for zero glass waste
When you throw something away, it doesn’t magically disappear. It goes to landfill, an incinerator or litters the land or ocean. But when you recycle, you reduce waste.
Don’t believe the wine box hype – keep recycling!
Glass is a friend when it comes to reducing landfill waste
We recently came across an article on BBC website which shares some new shocking statistics on plastic pollution and how Earth is slowly becoming a 'Planet Plastic'.
Recycling Hero Leeds Campaign Success
Last month we ran a very exciting recycling campaign in Leeds in partnership with the local council and M&S Moortown store. The initiative is part of a drive to raise awareness of just how easy it is to recycle glass packaging, and to encourage people to recycle all their empty glass bottles and jars.
NAME YOUR RECYCLING HERO AND WIN SUPERMARKET VOUCHERS
Did you know that International World Environment Day celebrations take place on Monday 5 June? To mark this important environmental event, we thought it would be fun to run another exclusive Facebook competition for you, our fellow glass lovers! It’s easy to enter – just read on.
Raise a Glass for World Milk Day
Happy World Milk Day to all Friends of Glass.
Give your glass a new life – and help Leeds recycle more glass. Be a recycling hero!
From Sat 22 April until Sat 6 May you’ll be able to recycle bottles and jars at Marks & Spencer’s Moortown store on Harrogate Road. Look for the decorated glass banks in the car park.
Sky Ocean Rescue – Removing Plastics from Our Seas
Over eight million tons of plastic enters the ocean each year, killing sea life. Now, new evidence says it's also entering our food chain with unknown health effects.
Glass Recycling in Your Own Community: Friends of Glass Goes Local!
This year the Friends of Glass team has teamed up with local authorities in Portsmouth and Leeds to encourage residents to recycle more glass.
Delicious Noodle Pots Recipe
We are big fans of the Great British Bake Off and delicious recipes in glass, so when we saw this recipe by one of the baking programme’s finalists, Tamal Ray, on the Guardian’s website we couldn’t resist to share it with you.
Five Pinterest-Worthy Tutorials to Try This December
Here at Friends of Glass we love do it yourself tutorials and with Christmas just around the corner, we rounded up our favourite crafts and recipes for you to try during this festive season.
Glass – not just for slippers!
Thousands braved the rain in London to watch the annual Lord Mayor's Show in London on Saturday and what a show it was. We were delighted to be one of the sponsors of the Glass Seller’s float, which featured a model of a giant glass slipper, drawing inspiration from the fairytale classic, Cinderella.
5 DIY ideas to make your Halloween extra spooky
With Halloween just around the corner we thought we would share some great glass-themed easy to make ideas for this frightening season. Use these tutorials to get creative with your decorations and bring all the family and friends together.
Welcome to the Friends of Glass Recycle Week Facebook competition
We are very excited about this year’s Recycle Week, and to make it even better, we have decided to run an exclusive Facebook competition.
Why packaging matters
The average household in the UK buys 4,000 packaged products a year, including food. That’s 4,000 decisions to make; not only on what product or brand to choose, but also what type of material it’s packaged in.
Why Go Plastic Free This July
For those who didn’t know yet, Plastic Free July is a simple idea developed in 2011. It aims to raise awareness of the amount of plastic in our lives, by encouraging people to eliminate the use of single-use plastic during July each year.
Those clever people at Recycle Now have teamed up with a magician to create some mind-boggling street magic tricks highlighting how glass packaging items can be transformed into new things.
Glass = Health
A few weeks ago we came across the article “That Plastic Container You Microwave In Could Be Super-Toxic” from Time, which raises some interesting points about food safety and the notion that a "Microwave-safe" label doesn't necessarily mean what you may think it does.
The Return of the Milk Bottle
Over the past few weeks, the Friends of Glass team have noticed a number of articles in the news all talking about the latest trend in the milk market – glass bottles!
Can age define how much you know about recycling?
Our new survey highlighted that when it comes to awareness about glass recycling, age is a very important factor.
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.
Should Glass Milk Bottles Make a Comeback to the Supermarket Shelves?
It’s a no brainer that glass and milk go hand in hand. Not only does glass help keep milk fresher for longer, but it also ensures that it retains all its taste and goodness. Those who read our exclusive interview with the world’s first milk sommelier, Bas de Groot, will know that if you want to taste milk like a sommelier, you definitely need to use glass to keep the taste intact. Even dairy farms agree that glass is the best option for storing milk:
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.
Recycle Glass From All Around Your Home
Most of us know we can recycle bottles and jars either at bottle banks or through our council’s kerbside collection. But how many of us are recycling all the items we can? Besides the usual food and drink containers, what about glass bottles and jars from around your home? Think perfume bottles, medicine bottles and beauty products.
Be Prepared for Recycle Now’s ‘Ready, Set, Recycle’ challenge with the Scout Association
We are excited to see a great new collaboration between the Recycle Now campaign and The Scout Association. Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorer Scouts across England and Wales are taking part in an environmental challenge to recycle packaging materials from all around the home.
Get Ready for Spring with Glass
Soon spring will be upon us, although it certainly doesn’t feel like it. With frost thick on the ground and snow in London (who would of thought?!), the idea of spring cleaning will have most people cowering under the duvet! However, once the days get longer and lighter and daffodils start to bud, there’s nothing better than sprucing up the home ready to welcome the year ahead.
Go Nuts for Peanut Butter Day
Who doesn’t love peanut butter? Crunchy, smooth and rich; it comes in different varieties to suit everyone’s palate and what better way to celebrate International Peanut Butter Day than create your own, stored beautifully in a glass jar, of course! ☺
Healthy lunch on the go, in glass jars!
It’s January and for many of us this month heralds the inevitable backlash against the indulgence of food and drink during the Christmas period. While there’s no shortage of advice on getting fit and healthy: gyms, the latest diets and the new super-foods, the expense, time and effort these things take can be overwhelming.
BEER AND FESTIVE FOOD PAIRINGS
Wine has long worn the crown as the preferred drink to serve with Christmas lunch but one drinks expert is standing up for beer this year. Jane Peyton, Friends of Glass ambassador and the UK’s first Beer Sommelier of the Year (2014-2015) wants to bring beer out of the pub and onto the dining table.
The Big Smoke Winter ‘Cockt-Ale’ Recipe
It’s the season of hosting, and what better way to entertain your nearest and dearest than with a Friends of Glass Christmas cocktail. Get in the festive spirit by making this fantastic cocktail by our brilliant Friends of Glass Ambassador Jane Peyton, the UK’s first Beer Sommelier of the Year (2014-2015).
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!
Friends of Glass Gift Guide: 7 Glassy Gifts for Under £50
Great, unique and glassy Christmas presents for everyone. Hopefully, our gift guide will help you find the perfect present – no matter how big or small – for all your family and friends.
Meet The World’s First Milk Sommelier
Here at Friends of Glass, we can never resist a nice glass of milk poured from a cool glass milk bottle (of course)! It might surprise those of you who think that the doorstep delivery went out with black and white TV that every day, the UK’s 5 000 milkmen and women deliver to around 2.5 million homes. After all, who doesn’t like their milk delivered straight to their home or workplace?
If you are as big a milk enthusiast as we are, you probably already know that glass helps keeps milk fresher for longer and ensures that it retains all its taste and goodness. That’s why when we came across Bas de Groot ,the world’s first milk sommelier, we were keen to learn more about his work.
Are Brits really bland when it comes to taste?
In the past six months, over 29,000 people from 30 European countries took part in the Friends of Glass online quiz to find out how our taste preferences are affected by where we live. The final results revealed some interesting results and surprising connections between the British and the French.
All Aboard! Beer Tasting With a Difference
Last week we invited bloggers and journalists to enjoy an exclusive tour onboard a classic Route master London bus, while experiencing a very special beer tasting. Our guests learnt why glass bottles are best for preserving the taste of beer, and which beers matched well with that most traditional of British institutions – afternoon tea.
Add Colour to Your Kitchen with this DIY Tutorial
Love to get crafty? Then you will love this colourful do-it-yourself tutorial that will add glamour to your glassware.
Recreate the look: lace jars for wedding drinks
Having an autumn wedding? Why not incorporate this lace jar look for your reception drinks.
Make Every Week Zero Waste Week with Glass
National Zero Waste Week 2015 is here! It will take place on 7th- 13th September and we would like to encourage everyone to be a part of it. Give yourself the ultimate eco challenge and live your life for seven days with creating as little new waste for landfills as possible
Glass and Milk – the Perfect Partnership
An insight into the wonderful combination of fresh milk and glass.
A beer-drinkers’ guide to choosing the right glassware
As any beer lover who’s ever been to Belgium will know, the stemmed glass the beer is served in is all part of the experience. However, how many realise that the shape of the glass isn’t just for show, it influences how the beer will taste. In some cases, breweries have been known to design the glass first, and create the beer second!
Size Matters: Survey shows glassware has impact on women’s view of beer
A recent Friends of Glass survey has revealed some interesting insights into female attitudes to beer, the UK’s favourite alcoholic tipple.
It’s Recycle Week – are you missing tricks?
This year Recycle Week takes place 22-28 June, the theme is recycling around the home and Friends of Glass wants to help you recycle more, by highlighting glass items in the home that can be recycled but sometimes get overlooked
Come and see Friends of Glass at Taste of London
From 17-21 June, Regent’s Park will be taken over by Taste of London, the UK’s best-loved festival for fans of good food and drink.
Join in cheers for Britain’s National Beer Day
Organisers of the first ever Beer Day Britain are encouraging the nation to celebrate its favourite alcoholic beverage by joining in cheers at 12.15pm on Monday 15th June.
Tastebuds go Proper Nutty for glass
We recently discovered the great Yorkshire-based peanut butter company, Proper Nutty.
Meet Britain’s Beer Sommelier of the Year – Jane Peyton
As summer draws nearer, we’re looking ahead to this year’s Taste of London in Regent’s Park. The five-day event will bring together top chefs, restaurants and food producers to create a culinary extravaganza not to be missed.
Glass – the ultimate reuseable material
Glass is definitely one of those special materials, which we not only use on a daily basis, but which we truly connect with. It’s the foremost packaging material that people feel inspired to save, re-use, collect and display. Many people also use glass as an integral part of their home design, and just like the saying “home is where the heart is”, many people feel a real connection with the material.
Easter inspiration for glass lovers
It’s here! Easter is upon us and we have four days off to indulge and entertain. We think you’ll agree we’ve found something for everyone, whether a kids party, sit down meal or grown up drinks – here are five of the best Easter DIY projects for all occasions:
Make Earth Hour magical with glass
Friends of Glass are big fans of Earth Hour and every year we join the rest of the world by switching our lights off for one hour on 28th of March.
10 best Mother’s Day gift ideas from Friends of Glass
It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday 15th March and if you haven’t already, it’s time to think about what you’re going to do (or buy!) to show her she’s appreciated. From our research, we know many Mum’s love glass. It’s a fact. So if you’re stuck for ideas, here’s our round up of the 10 best glass inspired Mother’s Day gift ideas.
Coca-Cola celebrates Contour Bottle’s centenary with launch of ‘I’ve kissed…’ campaign
As every Coca-Cola fan knows, it just tastes best in glass. This is why, at Friends of Glass, we’re delighted to see Coca-Cola celebrating 100 years of its iconic Contour Bottle with an eye-catching campaign.
Glass Recycling – It’s a no-brainer!
As fellow glass-lovers know, glass is one of the most sustainable packaging materials available. Made from just three natural ingredients: sand, limestone and soda ash, it remains 100-percent recyclable for life. This week we were interested to hear that recycling has got a bit confusing in some parts of Britain as some households need up to nine bins in order to separate all the materials properly.
Raise your glass! London Beer Week is launching across the capital
The British brewing scene has never been more exciting, with hundreds of brewers producing thousands of distinctive, full flavoured beers ranging from light golden ales and delicate lagers to dark, rich stouts. And everyone knows of course that glass makes the perfect drinking partner – ensuring you enjoy the taste of these great British beers and nothing else.
How Much Waste Have You Produced Last Year?
At Friends of Glass we always love coming across inspiring individuals and reading uplifting stories. Would you believe us if we told you that one amazing girl from across the pond has produced so little waste that it all fits in a single, 16-ounce Mason jar?
Three Great Flavored-Water Recipes
We all overdo it a little bit during the Christmas holidays, which tends to leave us feeling tired and sluggish. The best thing you can do to detox after Christmas is to put the champagne glasses back in the cupboard and drink lots of water instead.
Friends of Glass – caring about your health and glass packaging in 2014
Did you know...
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.
2014 was a stellar year for learning more about the benefits of glass packaging – not only for health, but also for taste!
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!
Back By Popular Demand! Recipes in Glass Returns with a Xmas Twist
After the success of our first glassware party, Friends of Glass simply couldn’t resist cooking up more recipes in glass, especially with Christmas just around the corner! So last week, we invited a few of our lucky journalists and blogger friends along to our second foodie feast, once again held at Michel Roux Jr's stunning Cactus Kitchens cookery school.
GLASS: WHY IT’S THE BEST FOR FOOD & DRINK
We read an interesting article on the Daily Mail website, which highlighted experts’ safety concerns associated with plastic, tin and can packaging. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates there are more than 800 endocrine-disrupting chemicals, or EDCs, found not only in everyday packaging but in products, the environment and even the food chain. Some scientists believe that these chemicals could have links to infertility, cancer and obesity.
Waste Nothing & Reap the Benefits
Last year we introduced you to Jenny Dawson, a former hedge fund employee who makes chutneys from waste food. Since then her business Rubies in the Rubble has gone from strength to strength.
Glass & Health Go Hand In Hand
Here at Friends of Glass we are always happy to find out about little glass gems across the UK and our latest discovery is a brand new juice bar in Brighton called YOU JUICE.
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.
However, it is important to ensure that the packaging itself also doesn’t affect the contents within it. Food safety is a big issue – in fact, a recent BBC Inside Out programme shows that countries all around the world are trying to figure out what measures to take to ensure that our food and drink has no negative effect on us.
MPs CALL FOR GREATER EFFORT ON RECYCLING – WE SAY CHEERS TO THAT!
We were encouraged to learn this week that local councils could soon be stepping up their efforts to persuade householders to recycle more – which is good news for the environment and of course good news for glass.
Glass Loves Nature
We were dismayed to read that the beauty of the Maldives is being affected by 400 tonnes of rubbish being dumped on the island every day. Filmmaker Alison Teal has recently collected images and footage to document the waste problem, which is attributed to the 3.5kg of waste each visitor generates per day.
LET’S ALL RECYCLE FOR A BETTER FUTURE – UNIVERSITIES HELP STUDENTS MAKE THE GRADE ON RECYCLING
We all know that the great benefit of glass is that it is 100% recyclable and does not harm the environment, helping make a more sustainable future. With this in mind, we were very disappointed to learn that a recent YouGov poll of 2,500 people in the UK found that only 57% of 18-24 year olds considered it very important to recycle as much as possible.
Why glass milk bottles still have a place on the doorstep
We were saddened to hear Dairy Crest's announcement last week that they will be closing the company’s last glass milk bottle plant. While the move highlights the pressure to reduce costs, we wondered at the wisdom of this decision.
Perfect match: Jam Jars & Flowers
Here at Friends of Glass we love to make new friends and we’ve recently come across JamJarFlowers.co.uk, a team of bespoke London florists with real creative flair. Using gorgeous glass jars and bottles as an alternative to traditional vases, they display flowers in an impressive way (and we all know that flowers look beautiful when displayed in anything glass).
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.
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.
Bloggers Swop Keyboard for Kitchen to Create Fabulous Recipes in Glass
Recently the team at Friends of Glass 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.
Make Your Summer Wedding Glassy!
Looking for some styling ideas for a wedding to really capture the magical feeling of the summer season? From indoor and outdoor decorations to drinks, accessories and unique favours, glass jars and bottles can be used in so many ways!
Glass Never Goes Out of Style
We are big fans of haberdashery jars. Glass is the perfect material to display and store pretty little things. It works especially well for organising your sewing kit and sorting out all your buttons, ribbons and pins.
Preserving History with Glass
Glass preserves may not be the most glamorous, but the human race would have had a much different story without them. From Napoleon to your dining room table, using glass to store and transport food is a technique that’s over 200 years in the making.
Three Ways Glass Can Help You Reduce Waste
If you haven’t heard yet, 1st-7th September is Zero Waste Week, which is all about doing your bit for the planet we all live in and even saving some money by doing so. In its seventh year, the campaign is asking consumers what is ‘one more thing’ you could do to help reduce your landfill waste?
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.
Wine + Glass = Taste
There’s nothing like the smell of a freshly opened bottle of wine. That first sip? Even better! Glass has been trusted by winemakers for centuries because of its ability to capture and preserve the absolute flavour of what’s inside. Glass is the best way to enjoy your food and wine, the way it was intended.
Glass Improves Taste
Glass isn’t just limited to your supermarket shelves. Restaurateurs all over the world are taking advantage of the benefits glass containers provide for food. From four-star Michelin restaurants to local take-aways, glass is the only packaging material that won’t interfere with the taste of food.
A Toast to Glass!
We all know wine glass enhance the taste of wine, but what about beer? Beer’s increasing popularity means that dedicated brewers are also reinventing their beer glass design to make sure their brew tastes the best. Who knew glass design could be so tasty?
Visit the Birthplace of Glass Design
You might not think of Murano when you think of glass – but you should. This legendary island, just a stone’s throw from Venice, has been perfecting the art of glass since 1291. Even today, glass artists flock to this island to learn the heavily guarded secrets of the most prestigious and talented glass artists in the world.
Spice Up Your Life with Glass
Glass loves spices. When storing and transporting these precious substances, a packaging material that preserves their flavour is crucial. Glass’ inert properties make it ideal for storing food and spices you want to be sure remain absolutely pure.
A Taste Of Glass
A healthy lifestyle is important, but people want their food to taste good too. Glass, unlike other packaging materials, won’t leach unhealthy chemicals and tastes into your food. Enjoy all the health benefits and all the flavours of your food with glass.
Not only is glass elegant, it’s versatile as well. It’d be surprisingly simple to upgrade any room in your house with just a few glass accents. Give your home the make-over it deserves - without breaking the bank- by using glass.
Pure Natural Glass
Around the world, packaging manufacturers are desperately trying to imitate glass. Some even say their products ‘look like glass’ in an effort to capitalise on the positive image glass packaging has with consumers. Others claim their packaging is revolutionary because it is resealable. They’ve never heard of a glass jar with a lid obviously.
Say ¡Hola! To Glass
The history of glass is rooted in many countries all across Europe. Spain in particular, has a little-known but well-established partnership with glass; and continues to nurture this passion for glass working.
Glass Designs for the Environment
Glass designs can be about more than just interior spaces. Glass’ refillable and reusable qualities are stirring people to create new, functional designs that also benefit the environment.
Upgrade Your Home with Upcycled Glass Designs
No matter what shape it’s in, glass always captures people’s imaginations. One designer has managed to create functional yet captivating pieces for interiors, by reusing and recycling glass bottles. Once again proving that glass adds class – no matter what shape it’s in.
Under the Sea, Into Your Glass
Looking for a perfectly aged wine? Hope you don’t mind getting your feet wet! Yannick Heude, wine merchant of Cave de l'Abbaye Saint-Jean, has found that aging his wine in glass bottles submerged in the sea makes for the most complex and interesting wines. Learn more about this fascinating - and delicious - process made possible by glass!
The Glass Ghost
Glass is inspiring artists all the time, and not just in the ways you think. Glass has inspired this rising singer/songwriter so much, that she asked to sample our sounds of glass for her latest EP. The beauty and purity of glass is inspiring artists across every medium, every day.
Glass Everyday Keeps The Doctor Away
Glass and the medical community have long supported each other. That’s why recently in India, the Drug Technical Advisory Board has banned the use of plastic or PET containers for liquid medicines. Doctors and Pharmacists around the world only trust the safest and purist packaging material when it comes to your health - glass.