Sustainability

Glass is by far the world’s most natural and sustainable packaging

A commitment to sustainability

As makers of glass, the world’s most natural and sustainable packaging, O-I Global has incorporated sustainability into our business practices for more than a century. At O-I Global our view of sustainability encompasses our people, the planet and profit.

Glass is a packaging choice you can feel good about

Learn more in our sustainability report
Demonstrating progress

O-I Global's aggressive sustainability goals were designed to inspire and motivate the company to make significant, transformative advancements in our operations. We have made progress yet have more to do. We have successfully reduced energy usage, cut carbon emissions, increased the amount of recycled glass we use in our manufacturing process, and created a safer work environment.

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Our complete life cycle assessment

To understand the potential environmental impacts of our operations, O-I Global conducted a complete Carbon Footprint Life Cycle Assessment in 2009. It measured the carbon impact of various types of containers from beginning to end – starting at raw material extraction to reuse or recycle at the end of the finished product’s life. What we learned is still relevant today. Glass has a lower carbon footprint on average than comparable-sized aluminium and PET containers.

Read the full report here


Embracing collaboration

O-I embraces the opportunity to collaborate with other companies and engage directly with policy makers and trade associations to influence sustainability in public policy.

We are proud to support and actively participate in scores of industry, packaging, recycling and public policy organisations around the world.

Recognising quality and commitment

O-I and our products are celebrated with various awards and recognition. We receive many awards in the areas of packaging design and sustainability.

 

Why glass is the most sustainable packaging on Earth?

Glass is made from natural, readily available raw materials and can be reused over and over.  It is also the only container product that can be endlessly recycled into new containers.


Recycling glass

O-I Global strives to be the industry leader in glass recycling. Statistics show the sustainability case for recycling glass is strong. For every 10% increase in recycled glass used in production, we achieve a 3% reduction in energy consumption and 5% reduction in carbon emissions.

Since 1973 O-I New Zealand has recycled more than 2 million tonnes of glass.

In 2016 O-I New Zealand achieved an average recycled container content of 70% through its use of recycled glass - also referred to as cullet. This included 55% post-consumer cullet and 15% internal cullet.

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