The Infinite Circularity of Glass
Unlike other substrates that are not 100% recyclable, are complex to recycle (if at all), can be recycled only a few times, and if not recycled, pose serious waste disposal and pollution issues, glass has none of those challenges now or in the future. This is why glass is the most sustainable packaging material.
1. Raw Materials
Like every other manufacturing process, making glass begins with raw materials. Fortunately, glass is infinitely and 100% recyclable, so cullet (recycled glass) is our main ingredient.
Other raw materials needed for glass are silica sand, soda ash, and limestone. As we source raw materials locally, the impact on the environment is limited as much as possible.
2. Glass Factory
See How Glass is Made to learn more about our glass factories.
3. Purchase & Use
Glass is recycled through several common systems: drop off, deposit return, curbside collection, and bottle banks.
5. Recycling Facility
Once the recycled glass is collected, cleaned, crushed, sorted by color, and contaminants are removed, it is ready for use in our glass plant – ready to close the glass cycle.
Many of our glass factories have a cullet treatment plant right next door, or sometimes even on-site, helping to further reduce our carbon footprint.
With cullet from #5, the recycling facility, our glass cycle restarts at #2, the glass factory.
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