Articles by Lynn Bragg

Glass Works: Glass Container Industry Pursues Sustainability Goal

Recycled content used in the glass container industry continues to grow.

Recognizing the need to protect the environment and conserve valuable energy resources, the Glass Packaging Institute (GPI) announced in December 2008 that its member companies were committed to using at least 50% recycled glass in the manufacture of new glass bottles and jars by 2013.


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Glass Works: Consumers Ready to Recycle and Save Natural Resources

A recent survey sheds light on consumer preferences and needs for recycling materials such as glass.

Access to quality cullet through effective recycling programs is critical for glass manufacturers. Using 100% recyclable glass containers in the raw materials mix reduces energy use and natural resources, cuts CO2 emissions, and improves economic efficiencies.


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Glass Works: New Study Identifies Optimized Model for Recycling Beverage Containers

Recycling and recovery is of critical importance to the glass container industry.

An ongoing issue for glass manufacturers is the growing demand for high-quality recovered glass and insufficient supply. This is often the result of the way in which glass and other recycled materials are collected from consumers.


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Glass Works: Consumer Interest in Recycling Grows

In 2013, average cullet use was up to 33%.

A recent survey found that a growing number of Americans say recycling is important to them and significantly impacts their food and beverage purchasing decisions.


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Glass Works: Ohio Offers Model for Recycling Glass Bottles from Bars and Restaurants

Glass container manufacturers in other states are in need of more recycled glass.

Starting last August, Ohio kicked off a one-year recycling pilot program to recover glass bottles from bars and restaurants. After collection, some of the glass will go to local glass manufacturer O-I for use in the production of new containers.


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Glass Works: Glass Bottle Recycling Benefits and Barriers

While consumers clearly know that glass is 100% recyclable, they need to have confidence that the important action they take to recycle glass bottles will result in new glass containers.

A new U.S. survey of just over 4,000 adults finds that 65% “strongly agree” or “agree” that glass bottles are 100% recyclable, and 73% always or usually recycle whatever they can.


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Glass Works: State Legislative Activity for Recycling Ramps Up

Over 40 state legislatures convened in the first quarter of 2013 and, as in previous years, they are actively introducing legislation that has the potential to impact the glass container industry and glass bottle recycling.


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Glass Works: Cleaning Up the “Greenwashing”

With new FTC guidance and attempts to provide more clarity to consumers about package recycling, glass container manufacturers hope that more consumers who are choosing glass containers will also choose to recycle them.

This latest set of revisions, developed after input from thousands of stakeholders, is largely in response to the “green” marketing declarations that have ballooned in the past several years as consumers have become more attentive to the impact products and packaging have on the environment.


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Glass Works: Improving Public Confidence in Closed-Loop Recycling

A recent survey of 2,078 adults across the UK found that 73% of respondents don’t know where their recycled materials go, and 65% don’t know what these materials will be made into. 


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Glass Works: What Counts as Recycling?

When residents set glass bottles, paper, and other recyclables at the curb or place them in recycling bins, they expect that these materials will be recycled.


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