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About Friends of Glass

Hello and welcome to Friends of Glass.

In a nutshell – Friends of Glass is a community which supports everything about glass packaging. In a slightly bigger nutshell, Friends of Glass advocates a lifestyle which includes glass for three main reasons: health, taste and sustainability.

Glass is the only packaging material available that is 100% inert and 100% recyclable. Unlike other packaging that leach chemicals that are hazardous to your health and change the way your food tastes; glass preserves and protects your food without adding anything. Not only that, glass is made from all natural materials and is infinitely recyclable without a loss in quality or purity.

 

The Friends of Glass community believes that many families and retailers are unaware of these benefits, and are committed to promoting awareness of a more sustainable and healthy lifestyle through glass. We hope to unite people all over the world who support the idea that glass is the preferred and ideal packaging material for not just families – but for the environment as well.

Your choice makes a difference – be safe, be healthy, be smart by choosing glass. Join the growing community of glass advocates on Facebook and Twitter, and add your voice to the Friends of Glass community today.

Friends of Glass started in 2008 as an awareness campaign for glass.
It was created by FEVE, the European Container Glass Federation, an international not-for-profit association representing glass packaging for food and drink, flacons for perfumery, pharmacy and cosmetics and glass tableware makers. Friends of Glass unites a community of people from different countries in Europe and beyond who are convinced that glass is an ideal packaging material because of its unique environmental, economic and family-friendly benefits. Individuals, national organisations, agencies and companies that believe in the sustainability credentials of glass are also proud members of the community. For more details contact us at info@friendsofglass.com, or for further information on national activities you can refer to the national contact points

Glass is good for you and the environment. Your choice makes a difference – be safe, be healthy, be smart. Join the community, follow Facebook/Twitter and become a Friend of Glass yourself.

We work with organisations from all over Europe (and further afield!) to promote the environmental, health and safety benefits of glass packaging. With our members, we work on driving consumer-oriented campaigns and retail activations in our twelve European markets, while our network of peer-to-peer partnerships offers a way to collaborate on promoting the benefits of glass via social media and digital communications. Interested in learning how you can join us in encouraging people to choose glass as the sustainable lifestyle choice? Get in touch.

Celebrations across the world mark the International Year of Glass

Glass has been a touchpoint of celebration, commerce, culture and science for over two thousand years – now, 2022 is being marked as the ‘International Year of Glass’, with hundreds of events taking place around the world to celebrate the unique characteristics of glass in all its forms.

Celebrations across the world mark the International Year of Glass

Why is wine stored in glass?

Glass bottles remain the best choice for wine lovers. New research showed that 94% of consumers in France prefer glass wine bottles over other packaging materials, such as bag-in-box. But why is it that we think of glass when we think of wine? Or why do we often store them horizontally? And are wine bottles sustainable?

Why is wine stored in glass?

#EndlessCycle: How are retailers rising to the packaging waste challenge?

Calling on all shoppers! You might think that how your favourite product is packaged is all about what brands choose to make and what we all want to buy. However, with us shoppers paying more attention than ever to the impact of our shopping choices, the retailers we make visits to everyday are becoming just as concerned with how our favourite products are packaged, helping us make easier, more sustainable choices.

So what choices are they making? You probably already know that, while disposable packaging is going out of fashion, endlessly recyclable glass is very much on trend. Well, that message is resonating with our favourite retailers, who are putting more and more glass packaging on their shelves in turn. As Carrefour’s Sustainability Outreach Lead, Scarlett Elizee, says, “we also want to move away from single use and towards a recycling and reuse model that makes the most out of glass.” Here’s why.

#EndlessCycle: How are retailers rising to the packaging waste challenge?

Cheers to our Heroes

Over the last few months, COVID-19 has affected all of us. While all across Europe, many of us have been adjusting to a new normal, certain groups of people have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to protect food, beverage and pharmaceutical supply chains.  

Cheers to our Heroes