Posts Tagged ‘bottled water’

Natural packaging materials such as glass preferred by consumers

Friday, March 8th, 2013

As part of their 2020 global outlook study, Swedish firm Innventia has surveyed consumers in India, Sweden and the US on their attitudes to packaging. Conducted in October 2012, the survey aimed to better understand what influences consumer behaviour when they are choosing packaged food.

When asked whether they avoid certain types of packaging materials, 71% of consumers in India named plastic while 22% said they avoided Styrofoam. In Sweden most consumers avoid aluminium and plastic (both 24%) and Styrofoam (23%). An average of 6% in each country said they avoided glass packaging – one of the lowest figures and similar to other natural materials such as paper/cardboard (4%) and wood (5%).

Asked if they felt bad about throwing away a plastic bottle they have just used, 89% of those surveyed in India said they agreed with this statement. In the US 73% of consumers agreed while in Sweden the figure was 63%.

As part of the survey consumers had to name the packaging material they thought was the least environmentally friendly. Swedish consumers overwhelmingly selected plastic (65%). In India the figure for plastic was also the highest with 61% selecting the material. In the US Styrofoam (57%) was seen as the least environmentally friendly with plastic (48%) in second place. Glass and steel were seen to be the greenest packaging materials with an average of just 13% of consumers in all three countries avoiding them.

The survey also asked consumers whether they worry that we consume too much packaging as a society. In India, 79% of those surveyed said that it concerned them to a very or rather large extent. Consumers in Sweden (63%) and the US (54%) agreed with this sentiment.

Innventia also surveyed consumer interest in improvements to food packaging. Most expressed a desire for packaging that could provide information on where the food came from, how far it had travelled and what it contains. In India 69% were very or rather interested in this concept. Consumers in Sweden (63%) and the US (55%) were also in favour.

For more information on the survey, please visit the Innventia website.


Moves to Increase Sustainability of Drinking Water Gain Ground

Friday, January 25th, 2013

During 2012 we reported on a number of initiatives to limit the use of disposable water containers. The goal of campaigners is to increase the use of sustainable containers such as glass bottles which can be recycled and refilled

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over and over again without losing their qualities.

In December, students at Canada’s Thompson Rivers University petitioned the university’s Board of Governors to ban drinks which are not packaged in sustainable containers. After collecting more than 4,000 signatures and 2,500 pledges, the student’s union is hopeful that the Board agree to its request. If adopted, bottled water will only be available on campus in containers which are easily recycled such as glass.

On 1 January 2013, the city of Concord, Massachusetts became one of the first municipal areas in the US to prohibit the sale of bottled water in containers smaller than one litre. The aim is to reduce the amount of waste produced and the number of disposable bottles which often end-up in the world’s oceans.

Mixology by Perrier

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Mixology is a concept which combines recipes from some of the world’s best cocktail ‘mixologists’ with France’s best-known sparkling water – Perrier. Using a chilled glass bottle of Perrier and some basic ingredients, you can easily create these simple but tasty cocktails at home.

They are also spectacular to watch being made – ideal for surprising and entertaining your guests. Make sure you use a long, tall clear glass so they can see the action happening before their very eyes! Take a look at this video showing you how to make a Magic Perrier for inspiration!

Does Your Refillable Glass Water Bottle Reflect Your Personality?

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Waste from non-recyclable water containers is becoming a major issue, with a recent study showing that litter in the North Pacific Gyre has increased more than a hundred-fold in the past 40 years. This week members of the European Parliament called on the European Union to seek more environmentally friendly alternatives for water, such as recyclable or refillable glass bottles.

Refilling glass bottles when you are at work or home is an excellent solution and will help to reduce the waste circulating in the world’s

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oceans. While any glass bottle with a resealable lid can be utilised, innovative companies are coming up with designs for refillable bottles that look attractive and can be tailored to the owner’s own personality. Like all glass, the bottles can be recycled at the end of their life and they are free of the Bisphenol-A (BPA) and other chemicals that are found in some packaging materials.

Flaska is a European company which sells refillable glass bottles. The company claims that their bottles are ‘programmed’ to change the structure of the water and make it taste like more spring water. Flaska’s bottles come in a protective sock made from either cotton or neoprene. Socks are available in different colours and patterns so you can personalise your bottle. The glass in a Flaska is thicker than that in normal bottles, making it more resistant to knocks and falls. You can become a fan on their Facebook page if you’d like to stay informed!

Tap is Terrific is another range of reusable glass bottles which is made by Faucet Face. They come with a BPA-free cap and are dishwasher safe. When you buy four of the bottles, Faucet Face donates a Biosand filter to a family without access to potable tap water. The filter eliminates around 90 to 95% of the impurities, bringing fresh clean water to remote communities around the world.

For the ultimate in personalised bottles, take a look at the range offered by Love Bottle. As well as being partially made from recycled glass, you can make the Love Bottle uniquely yours. Simply write or draw on the printed area of the bottle to personalise it. The Love Bottle also comes with a swing-top so you never lose the lid.

Do you use a refillable bottle at home, the gym or at work? How do you personalise yours? Why not share your creations, and your reasons for using reusable glass bottles at the Friends of Glass Facebook page.

Facts, Not Fiction

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

On 26th March, FEVE published the latest numbers on glass recycling in Europe.

This is what it looks like:

Glass Recycling in Europe, 2010

In 2010, 68% of household glass in Europe was recycled.

This is what it represents:
- 68% is equal to 25 million glass bottles and jars.
- 20 out 25 million (80%) were recycled back into bottles and jars.
- 80% of household glass requires about 12 million tons of the planet’s natural resources (sand, limestone, soda ash) and releases 7 million tons of CO2 into our planet’s atmosphere to produce.
- 7 million tons of CO2 is approximately the same amount attributed to a small nation of cars on the road per year*.

Every 10% increase in recycled glass = a decrease of
-10% in sulfur dioxide (SO2)
-6% in nitrogen oxide (NOx)
-17% in carbon dioxide (CO2)
-2.5%°in electricity and natural gas
-6°C in furnace temperatures (during manufacturing process)
-9.5% in raw materials.
(Source: Glass Packaging Institute)

This is what it means:
These characteristics make glass a clear example to follow in the ambitious strategy of the European Commission to make the European Union a ‘resource efficient’ economy where recycling is the key factor to waste reduction and where waste is considered as a valuable resource.
(Conclusion of the Feve Study.)

*Calculated on 4 million people between ages 19 – 65 years, Switzerland:

Evian steals the show with collector-edition glass bottle

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Each year Evian releases a new collectible glass bottle in time for the holiday season. This year’s edition has been designed by the French fashion label Courrèges to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the company’s founding.

The elegant and stylish limited-edition bottle will really add class to any festive table. Inspired by a playful white and pink dress, originally designed by Courrèges in the 1960s, the bottle has been deliberately styled to show the transparency and purity of the water inside.


Evian were so impressed with the result that they agreed to change the colour of their logo on the bottle to the hot pink selected by Courrèges.

The 2012 bottle joins previous bottle designs by Paul Smith, Issey Miyake, Christian Lacroix and Jean Paul Gaultier. All are now highly collectible, but which one is your favourite?


2008: Christian Lacroix

2009: Jean-Paul Gaultier

2010: Paul Smith

2011: Issey Miyake

2012: Courrèges

We still love the Issey Miyake. We drank the water but now we fill it with pretty flowers instead! And how about you? :-)

Reusable Glass Water Bottles

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

We all know we should be drinking more water, but your average water bottle is usually very unattractive and can be difficult to clean. Now Rive have launched a new range of glass water bottles that come in a range of cool colours and funky designs. They’re ideal to use at the gym or at home and are very easy to clean.

The bottles are also free of BPA, a chemical product that imitates estrogen and can be often found in plastic pacakging and bottles.

By choosing a glass water bottle you can be sure you are using a container that is made from natural minerals: sand, soda ash and limestone. A gift from nature. This ensures that the packaging doesn’t interfere with your drink.

The Rive website features a handy tool which you can use to change the design or colour of the bottle to see how it will fit in with your décor! Anyone ‘game’ enough to choose the leopard print?

Fizzy fountain in France aims to reduce use of water bottles

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

In an effort to get folk to drink less bottled water (and reduce waste in the process), a water utility company in Paris has opened a new drinking fountain dispensing still and fizzy water.

The water comes direct from the tap, but is then chilled and injected with bubbles. Lovely bubbles. It’s the first public water fountain in France that does so.

According to the BBC, the average Frenchman drinks around 28 gallons (around 105 litres) of sparkling water every year – the vast majority of which is sold in bottles which are thrown away.

From the BBC:

The French are the eighth biggest consumers of bottled water in the world, last year producing more than 262,000 tons of plastic waste. Eau de Paris say their public supply of water is safe and environmentally friendly. And the best bit of all — it’s free! Even with the fizz.

Via: BBC and Marketplace

Glass for the WWF

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Spanish water company Veri has teamed up with the World Wildlife Fund, making a series of limited edition glass water bottles, called ‘Natura’.

Designed by Alex Gallimer, the range includes four unique designs, each representing a season. Money raised through sales will go towards conservation projects in the Pyraneese, where Veri water originates.

The bottle for Spring features several types of butterflies which are indigenous to the region.

Glass packaging Award: Perrier and O Water

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Water has no taste, no color, no odor; it cannot be defined, art relished while ever mysterious. Not necessary to life, but rather life itself. It fills us with a gratification that exceeds the delight of the senses” so said French writer and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupery – and it seems the nominators of the Friends of Glass award for the most creative and aesthetic packaging agree.

You see, 4 of the 10 shortlisted products are indeed water, and in true H20 style, today we feature Perrier, and O Water. The former is synonymous across the world with its distinctive green bottles in the shape of Indian clubs the founder of the company used for exercise. These have been a major part of the brand in both aesthetic appeal as well as advertising since its inception, as the video below shows.

Meanwhile, another product chosen up was the eye-catching ‘O water’, a bottle produced for a stunt event by an event production company. The bottle is supposedly quite small, to mimic the effect of a test tube based on the idea of a ‘specimen of purity, and packaging blog are clearly fans; “I think the bottle shape is special – no neck or curves at all, and has a nice, slender quality. The foil cap is another attractive detail that keeps this design looking fresh.”

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