The Benefits of Glass

Glass bottles and jars are the clear choice for the health of you and your family and the sustainability of the planet.


Glass is the packaging option you can feel good about. Glass is made from all-natural ingredients: sand, limestone and soda ash. It’s pure and impermeable. Glass is easy to clean, sterilize and reuse.
Glass is the only food contact material that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration deems “Generally Recognized as Safe.”  The globally recognized Cradle to Cradle Certified™ program, which measures products based on safety and sustainability, scored O-I’s glass containers platinum–the highest rating on its scale–in the material health category.

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Glass is the kindest packaging choice for the planet. Glass is 100% recyclable, meaning a recycled glass container can become new glass over and over again. Did you know a glass bottle can go from the recycling bin back to the store in as little as 30 days? As O-I uses recycled glass to make new glass containers, we use fewer raw materials and the manufacturing process itself requires less energy. Glass is also inert and will naturally decompose back into the earth without leaching chemicals into the ground.  


When taste counts, glass wins. Glass is odorless and flavorless, made of pure and natural ingredients from the earth. It preserves the taste of your favorite foods and beverages as intended. Everything tastes better in glass.


Glass ignites the senses. It is beautiful and iconic, creating emotional connections with consumers through touch, sight and sound. Doing good feels good, and glass’s health and environmental benefits inspire brands and families to choose glass packaging.

Choose Tomorrow, Today: A New Hallmark to Communicate Commitment to Sustainability

The glass industry has launched a new glass hallmark – a universal symbol that serves as visual tool for brands to better communicate health and sustainable credentials of their glass packaging to consumers. When you see the hallmark, you are reminded that glass symbolizes a commitment to use resources wisely, to recycle whenever possible, to care for the integrity of the content as well as for the health of the people who use it. With the hallmark, we want to raise awareness that choosing glass is one of the things we can do today, to ensure a better tomorrow.

We encourage you to find out more about the hallmark and if you are interested in adopting it, we’re here to help you figure out how it complements your brand story and how you can implement it. 

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