One of the biggest factors to the sustainability of glass is its infinite recyclable potential.
Glass has been ranked as the most environmentally friendly packaging product by European consumers, with 45% of consumers choosing glass packaging because of its environmental credentials. (FEVE: Consumer Preference & Packaging in Europe – European Study)
Glass is 100% infinitely recyclable with no loss in strength or quality. Closed loop recycling means that a recycled glass container becomes a new glass container, without waste.
Currently over 50% of the UK glass container waste stream is recycled. This means that most glass packaging should never wind up in a landfill. It can be repurposed over and over again without compromising the integrity of the new product.
While not all glass is the same, most glass packaging is able to be recycled and diverted from the single-use waste stream, unlike its plastic counterpart.
In conjunction with this, recycling glass reduces its carbon footprint. As opposed to manufacturing new glass, recycling consumes less raw materials and energy associated with the mining and refining processes.
Virgin glass is produced from natural raw materials such as sand, soda ash and limestone.