Letter to the Financial Times: The climate checklist reflects well on glass

NOVEMBER 6 2020 We read your article on “The best new eco booze containers” in last week’s Financial Times (How to Spend It, FT Weekend, October 24). Indeed, glass is heavier than the materials you mentioned but weight is not an environmental crime.

While weight can become important for transportation, it depends on the energy used to transport goods and the distances travelled. Glass is a rather local industry after all.

Glass is also an inert, permanent material that never loses its properties or suitability for food contact packaging no matter how many times it is recycled, minimising resource depletion, saving CO2 and energy and avoiding litter. Glass is already 30 per cent lighter today, uses 70 per cent less energy, and emits 50 per cent less CO2 than in the seventies.

Recycled glass is now our most important raw material, accounting for 52 per cent recycled content on average in Europe.

Adeline Farrelly Secretary General, FEVE (EU Container Glass Federation)

Brussels, Belgium

This letter was first published in the Financial Times.