Glass packaging: why it's not circular

Glass packaging: why it's not circular

Glass packaging has long been seen as a sustainable and eco-friendly alternative to plastic packaging. However, recent studies and research have shown that glass packaging is not as circular or sustainable as it seems. Here are some of the reasons why: 


1. Energy Intensive: Glass production is an energy-intensive process that requires large amounts of natural resources and fuels. The production process releases significant amounts of greenhouse gases, contributing to climate change. Studies show that a glass bottle generally has a 3x higher carbon footprint than an oil-based plastic bottle.

2. Fragile: Glass is a brittle material that is prone to breaking, which can lead to waste and the need for frequent replacements. The transportation of glass containers also requires extra care, making it more susceptible to damage and increasing the risk of breakages.


3. Non-Recyclable: Glass is 100% recyclable, but its high melting point and the need for specialized recycling facilities limit its recycling potential. In addition, many glass containers are contaminated with residue from food and other substances, making them unsuitable for recycling.


4. Heavy: Glass is a heavy material, making it less convenient for consumers and contributing to a larger carbon footprint due to transportation. The weight of glass containers also makes them more expensive to transport, which can increase the cost of the products packaged in them.


5. Limited Design: Glass containers are limited in terms of design and shape, making them less versatile than other packaging materials. This can limit the ability of businesses to innovate and create new, more sustainable packaging options.


While glass packaging may seem like a sustainable alternative, it is not as circular or sustainable as it appears. The energy-intensive production process, fragility, non-recyclability, weight, and limited design of glass containers make it less of an ideal option for businesses and consumers looking to adopt more sustainable packaging practices.

A reuse system where glass is being washed and reused rather than being recycled is the best way forward, however the carbon footprint of shipping the glass items around still needs to be factored. 

By creating a plant-based alternative that is low in carbon to produce and is designed to be reused, we our proud to provide a sustainable and circular solution for consumers and businesses.


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