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Alternative packaging solutions: Glass

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64% of UK consumers want food an drinks to be packaged in glass. It is preferred due to its higher levels of recyclability compared to other materials

54% said they prefer glass due to its recyclability

64% see t as an environmentally friendly material

Glass is 100% and endlessly recyclable

60% answered that a prime worry for them is chemicals and microorganisms leaching into the food and environment. Glass packaging is non-porous and is the safest solution for food and environmental safety. It is also the best option for protecting foods' natural goodness, appearance and flavor. 

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This could be argued to be an alternative material for which to use for food packaging

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The research was explained by the CIWM http://ciwm-journal.co.uk/64-see-glass-environmentally-friendly-packaging-material/

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Hi Julie!
There are 3 days left in the ideas phase of the circular design challenge! It would be great to see your ideas there, submit your idea via - https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/circular-design/ideas/contribute

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Hi Julie, I think that glass packaging as a replacement to plastic is a great idea, however have you also considered any of the disadvantages that go with it, especially around safety aspect of glass breakage and the associated health implications.

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The safety aspect of glass breaking, yes that is the less positive aspect of it, along with its weight.
But what do you mean with health implications?

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Safety of glass is often cited, though if safety is really an issue why is alcohol almost always packaged in glass? Seems contradictory.
As for health, glass is the only truly inert packaging material and it does not contaminate the product it contains.

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I guess "safety" always is in terms of cutting yourself, and then be contaminated by the elements on the glass and the environment. Because, as you mention and I do in the post, glass is non-porous and does therefor not contaminate the food it contains.

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Yes.. so my point is, if safety is the excuse to not package in glass why do they give glass bottles to drunk people? :)

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Refillable glass packaging is a proven system and has a lower carbon footprint than disposable plastic (look at Germany beer and soda bottles).

Reusing glass containers dozens of times before finally recycling them makes even more sense.

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We do the same in Denmark.
I was reading a blog yesterday about zero-waste food shopping. A comment that I read on the post struck me as concerning. They do not recycle glass everywhere in the US.
A friend could also tell me that one of her American friend's family burn their garbage in their back yard.. and we are talking about plastics and other contaminating things