Glass Packaging Institute Encourages Consumers to Choose Glass on Memorial Day

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May 23, 2014

Glass Packaging Institute Encourages Consumers to Choose Glass on Memorial Day 

From Salsa to Beer, Glass Is the Trusted and Proven Packaging for Taste, Health, and the Environment

Alexandria, Virginia (May 23, 2014) - Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer cookout season and with that, the Glass Packaging Institute (GPI) invites all grilling enthusiasts to celebrate the holiday in an eco-friendly and health-conscience style by choosing products packaged in glass.

 “While millions of families and friends gather this weekend to celebrate the arrival of the long-awaited summer, they can contribute to environmental sustainability simply by reaching for food and beverages packaged in glass,” said Lynn Bragg, President of GPI. “We also encourage consumers to recycle their glass containers so they can be reused again without loss in quality and purity. It’s a win-win situation for both the consumer and the environment.”

Consumers have unlimited options when it comes to finding products offered in glass containers. From your favorite summer beverages to condiments, healthy snacks and other food items, the store shelves are filled with products packaged in glass that are not only great for the environment, but also for the consumers’ health and budget.

GPI offers these tips for consumers when preparing for their Memorial Day cookouts and summer parties:

  • Invest in quality: Enjoy the first glimpse of summer with your favorite beverage or food in glass. Whether one of the major brands or a craft beer, reach for the glass bottles—the taste is superior and it will allow you to get a truly fresh start to hot summer days!
  • Plan ahead with health in mind: Glass is the optimal packaging choice, safely preserving the flavor and integrity of the foods and beverages it contains while lowering potential exposure to toxic compounds. Prepare your side dishes the night before and store them in air tight glass containers to preserve freshness. Remember that glass containers are the safest choice when it comes to heating your food in microwave oven. Durable glass containers with lids are easy to find in stores and can be safely used in the freezer, microwave, and dishwasher.
  • Do your part: Glass is 100% recyclable, and can be recycled infinitely without loss in quality or purity. Make sure to leave out glass-specific recycling bins for your guests to deposit their containers. The glass at your party could be back on store shelves in as little as 30 days.

For more information on the benefits of glass packaging and best recycling practices, please visit

Join the glass conversation with GPI on Twitter @ChooseGlass, Facebook (, and Instagram (@ChooseGlass).


About GPI

On behalf of the North American glass container manufacturers, the Glass Packaging Institute promotes glass as the optimal packaging choice, advances environmental and recycling policies, advocates industry standards and educates packaging professionals. GPI member companies manufacture glass containers for food, beverage, cosmetic and many other products. GPI associate members represent a broad range of suppliers to the industry.

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