What the Doctor Ordered This Christmas: Glass Pickle Jars and Bottles of Fizz!

By Friends Of Glass, PRNE
Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Why Glass Makes for a Greener - and Healthier - Festive Celebration

LONDON, December 22, 2010 - As lots of cupboards will be brimming with many treats in glass jars and
bottles at this time of year, it's good to know that glass isn't just
endlessly recyclable, it's best for our health too.

Glass is a 100% pure packaging material with nothing added so nothing can
leach into the food or drink it contains. Here are five more reasons to feel
good about glass:

1. Glass is good for your bank balance: Buying the
same weight mustard, honey or ketchup can cost up to 40% more in plastic
than in glass.

2. Glass is good for the planet: Glass can take just 30 days to go from
the recycling bin to becoming a new container on the store shelf

3. Glass cuts down waste: the average person opens 7 packages a day, so
buying more products in glass means more packages are reusable or recyclable.
Keep jars for making jam, chutneys or to decorate as tea light holders. And
don't forget to recycle every bottle that helps you welcome in the New Year!

4. Glass has class: 62% of people prefer to drink from a glass with 82%
of consumers preferring to drink white wine and 74% red wine from a glass.
(British Glass 2007; Feve 2008).

5. Use it or lose it: Retailers claim by providing more products in
plastic, they are giving consumers what they want. But we know differently.
84% of consumers across Europe want the right to keep choosing glass

Support glass by joining Friends of Glass at

The Friends of Glass campaign Nothing to Hide,(see
www.nothingisgoodforyou.co.uk) highlights the purity of glass. The
campaign was launched this October by Countryfile and ex-Watchdog TV
presenter Julia Bradbury.

Dave Dalton CEO of British Glass says "Glass is also the only packaging
material that offers complete peace of mind on the question of health as it
doesn't need an added chemical layer to protect food and drink. We believe
everyone should be given the chance to choose glass for their favourite food
and drink products."

Over 70% of shoppers questioned in a recent major survey(1) say that
they want to still buy certain foods in glass packaging, but struggle to
find it in-store.

Notes to Editors:

1. The European Glass Packaging Survey (September 2010) was conducted by
TNS in 19 countries. Respondents were aged 18 and older and represented a
cross-section of each country's population. A copy of the executive summary
and full survey is available on request.

2. Friends of Glass is a European consumer group that supports and
promotes the right for consumers to be able to choose food and drink products
in glass packaging.

3. When reusing bottles or jars for carbonated liquids, always check the
suitability prior to reuse.

For more information, contact Nigel Keenlyside Tel: +44(0)7711-756386
nigel@keenlysideassociates.co.uk or Amanda Barry-Hirst at

For more information, contact Nigel Keenlyside Tel: +44(0)7711-756386 nigel at keenlysideassociates.co.uk or Amanda Barry-Hirst at
amanda at amandabarryhirst.com

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