Advantages of glass
What is glass?
Glass is a material that comes from mixing various natural minerals such as soda, silica sand, limestone, and the recycled glass itself. The glass-making process uses furnaces that reach temperatures of 1600°C where these elements fuse together for latter moulding according to the function the glass will fulfil.
A 100% recyclable material
Glass is recycled by following the same production process that enables the glass to be shaped over and over again without losing any of its properties or advantages. This advantage of glass, and the fact it is made from natural and abundant raw materials, makes glass the most sustainable packaging material there is, unlike other materials made from limited fossil fuels.
The Healthiest type of packaging
Since its origins, glass has been used as a package or container. Other advantages of glass is that it is a completely hygienic material, impervious to gases, vapour, and liquid, thereby protecting and preserving the flavour and properties of the food within. Therefore, consumers consider it the healthiest of all containers.
It adapts to your needs
Another advantage of glass is its versatility, or, in other words, its ability to take on any shape and thereby favour efficiency in transporting and distributing all types of products, as well as facilitating consumer ergonomics. In addition, the advantage of glass is that it is resistant to high temperatures and is microwaveable, enabling the contents to be heated without need to transfer food, thus simplifying cooking tasks.
Guarantee of Quality and Good Taste
Glass always offers the added value of stylish taste and elegance. Brands design containers, bestowing them with different shapes and colours to give their product its own personality. Consumers also see this as a guarantee of quality and reliability as the transparency allows them to appreciate the final product they are taking home.
Did you Know...
Pliny the Elder, back in the first century CE, explained the origin of glass use through a story that has been repeated over the years. According to the historian, some merchants who were headed to Egypt to sell natron stopped to rest and spend the night near the Phoenician river Belus. When they couldn’t find any stones on which to place their pots, they decide to use the natron they were carrying. The next morning the natron had merged with the sand on the riverbank, turning into a hard and shiny material: glass.
But the origin of glass actually dates to some years before that. In Ancient Egypt glass was already used to make ceramics called “faience”, which was used to create small statues, amulets, and other decorative motifs. Other vessels have also been found attributed to the era of Thutmose III’s reign (1504-1450 BCE).
The Egyptians were also the first to use the glass-blowing pipe to blow and mould glass. That very process has been preserved almost identically through history and even today.