Focus on your health this summer

  • Food safety is a growing concern in Europe
  • The summer months call for extra attention towards food safety and health
  • Glass is recognized all over the world as the safest packaging material
  • Glass products are becoming more popular and readily available; use glass to ensure you and your loved ones are in good health

The summer season is upon us, meaning picnics are in full swing. When enjoying the sun, we should be mindful not to spoil any food or beverage left out for too long. Instead, place provisions in glass containers to ensure that food stays fresh and chemical-free. We can protect friends and loved ones by utilizing glass packaging.

Better Safe than Sorry

A recent survey has found that food safety is one of the key daily concerns for the majority of European consumers, ranking in the list of top three daily worries. Coupled with summer barbeques and picnics, where food is regularly kept outside, uncovered and prone to impact from additional forces, it comes as no surprise that food safety should be a key concern during the summer too.

Regularly ingesting harmful substances because of food packaging is a cause for concern to begin with, and this is only heightened when this packaging is exposed to high summer temperatures. That is why extra attention should be placed on ensuring that the food and drink you’re consuming is protected and stored well, and out of harm’s way.

This means that packaging can play a crucial role in protecting your food and drink during this season. Consumers should be conscious of choosing packaging that is not only clean and in good condition, but also durable. With glass containers, there is the benefit of knowing that the food has a longer shelf life because it is being protected from heat and chemical contamination. With food waste being at the forefront of the environmental agenda, using glass packaging is a simple measure we can take to make a difference.

Packaging can make a difference

66% of European consumers are worried about food contamination or the risk posed by chemicals leaching from packaging into the food. During a time of year when food safety is a concern, and with consumers wanting to take active steps to decrease their risk of food poisoning, packaging in regards to food safety can play a very active role.

This weariness is only perpetuated by the constant re-evaluation of chemicals that are seemingly non-harmful, but that turn out to actually be detrimental for our health. With all this uncertainty about which chemicals are toxic for our health, glass stands out as a safe alternative that consumers can rely on.

Glass is considered to be the safest food and beverage packaging material by European consumers. Glass is made up of 100% natural materials, none of which fall under substances of concern on chemical regulatory lists. It is therefore chemically inert, meaning that there’s no risk of toxicity or chemicals leaching into the contents.  This makes it a safe packaging choice for food and drink, not only during the summer, but also all year-round. In fact, 92% of European consumers don’t feel concerned with any negative impact that glass packaging may have on its contents, which reflects the strong trust in glass.

As scientific studies prove, glass protects the consumer’s health simply because of its pure constituents and because it prevents food from being chemically contaminated. When it comes to the food safety of you and your loved ones, it’s important to go the extra mile to ensure absolute protection, health and safety.

With glass as your packaging of choice, there is no worrying that something harmful for your health will come back to bite in the long-term. So look beyond the label – and choose glass. 


About Friends of Glass

Friends of Glass started in 2008 as an awareness campaign for glass. It was created by FEVE, the European Container Glass Federation, an international not-for-profit association representing glass packaging for food and drink, flacons for perfumery, pharmacy and cosmetics and glass tableware makers. Friends of Glass unites a community of people from different countries in Europe and beyond who are convinced that glass is an ideal packaging material because of its unique environmental, economic and family-friendly benefits. Individuals, national organisations, agencies and companies that believe in the sustainability credentials of glass are also proud members of the community. 

Glass is good for you and the environment. Your choice makes a difference - be safe, be healthy, be smart. Join the community, follow and become a Friend of Glass yourself. 

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