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How does choosing glass bottles make your packaging more family-friendly?

12 September 2018
Tags: glass bottles, glass, packaging


Plastic has dominated mainstream packaging for sometime but families are increasingly looking for other options. Glass bottles and glass jars have a number of important advantages over plastic, and other materials, when it comes to family safety, as well as convenience and brand values. Increasingly more and more families want to invest in environmentally sustainable packaging options without compromising on quality or performance – and that’s why glass bottles are such a family friendly choice.

100% recyclable

The choices made by families today are increasingly focused on being more responsible and setting an example for the next generation. As a packaging material, glass is the most environmentally responsible option that there is. It is 100% recyclable, one of the few materials that can be repeatedly reused without suffering any quality degradation. By comparison, only around 9% of plastics are ever recycled – instead they end up in landfill creating issues for the next generation, which is not something that most family-focused buyers want to encourage.

Toxicity and family health

Glass is the ideal family-friendly packaging material because there are no risks to human health in using it. The issues that have arisen with plastic have been well documented. Bisphenol A (BPA) has been found in a range of plastic packaging and is widely acknowledged as being harmful. Many believe that this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the chemicals that might be found to be harmful in plastics – there could be many more. Glass, on the other hand, has never been identified as presenting any issues to human health in this way.

Convenience and cleanliness

Families often reuse packaging, whether that’s plastic tubs or glass jars and bottles. Glass is much easier to reuse and much simpler to clean if you’re planning to reuse it – for example, it can be sterilised. Evolution in glass technology, such as soda lime or borosilicate glass has also resulted in lighter and more effective glass packaging options that make it a much easier material to use and transport.

The importance of quality to families

Plastics are cheaper to produce than glass jars or bottles – and that is no guarantee of quality. Storing liquids in plastic bottles can be dangerous, as plastic bottles exposed to the sun can release BPA and antimony into the liquid. In terms of taste and smell, plastic packaging can also have a detrimental impact on the food or drink inside the packaging. Glass, on the other hand, is much higher quality. It doesn’t leak chemicals into products and it is both tasteless and odourless and so won’t have an impact on the enjoyment of a product.

Packaging that works for families will need to be safe, effective and to offer a degree of convenience to those who are juggling hectic lives. Modern families are much more likely to choose products packaged in glass bottles and jars today, whether that’s on the basis of ideological priorities or a desire to ensure the health and safety of both adults and children who use them. Have a browse of JBC’s glass bottles range for yourself today.