Glass packaging’s role in supporting the EU’s circular economy
Glass’s inherent properties make it an ideal fit for the EU’s circular economy ambitions. Not only can glass be reused up to 50 times; it can also be endlessly recycled in a closed bottle-to-bottle loop, meaning a used glass bottle never has to be waste. Made from all natural resources, glass is impermeable, virtually inert, and always food safe – no matter how many times it is recycled.
Behind glass packaging’s circular properties is an industry that makes a significant contribution to the European economy. The European container glass industry supports 125,000 direct and indirect jobs in the EU, with manufacturers delivering essential packaging to a range of sectors, including food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics and perfumery. The unique characteristics of glass in terms of design, shape, colour and versatility often make it an integral part of the product. Products likely to be packed in glass contributed €250 billion to EU external trade in 2019.