Owens-Illinois Keeps Its Sustainability Promise With Refillable Glass Bottles

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At Owens-Illinois (O-I), we have promised our customers, employees, and nature to be good stewards to our world. Glass is the most sustainable packaging on Earth, made up of readily available and natural materials and is completely recyclable. But we are constantly looking at and evaluating ways to reduce our carbon footprint and improve sustainability in the glass packaging industry. For example, refillable glass bottles have the lowest carbon footprint of any container on the market and it’s something that we know a thing or two about, since O-I has been producing refillable bottles since 1903. Refillable glass bottles are popular globally and is an emerging opportunity in the U.S. market. Typically, refillable containers are less expensive than standard single-use packages on a per-use basis. They are also more sustainable, reducing waste to landfills, carbon emissions and energy consumption. A refillable glass bottle can be used an average of 25 times before being retired from circulation and recycled into new containers. The refillable glass bottle lifecycle for beer, from raw materials to delivery, delivers five times, or 80 percent, less carbon dioxide emissions per hectoliter than aluminum cans. In partnership with O-I, Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative (ORBC) led the […]

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