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Happy Earth Day

What is Earth Day?

Earth Day is an annual event held on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 and it now includes events coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network in more than 193 countries. Back in 1970, Earth Day was a response to the environment in crisis. The first Earth Day is credited with launching the modern environmental movement, and is now recognised as the planet’s largest civic event. Earth Day has also played a role in institutionalising environmental education and values.

Today, more than a billion people take part in Earth Day, promoting action to change behaviour and improve the environment – from conferences and protests to art displays and beach clean ups. The focus this year is on digital participation with global conversations and calls to action to prevent climate change – which of course, represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity.

Why is Earth Day important?

Now more than ever, Earth Day is important to help grow and support the next generation of environmental supporters and to improve environmental and climate literacy around the world. Earth Day is recognised as the planet’s most significant civic engagement event of the year however, with most countries currently in lockdown because of COVID-19, there will be a digital focus with performances and video teach-ins taking place across the globe. Learn more here.

How is O-I playing its part?

We produce glass products – sustainable products which are kinder to the planet. As a leader in the glass packaging industry, we recognise and embrace our role as a responsible corporate citizen and employer in the communities we serve around the world. We’re proud to make a sustainable product and positively impact our communities. Learn more about O-I’s sustainability.

Glass is a truly recyclable material. Not only is it made from sand, lime and soda ash – non-reactive natural materials that are safe to reuse – glass can also be made on a closed-loop cycle. That means the material from a final glass product can be turned into the exact same product without losing its quality or purity. Put simply, when glass is recycled it can be turned into more glass. It is 100% infinitely recyclable.

What’s more, by reusing glass the need for raw materials is reduced. 1kg of recycled glass (or cullet) replaces 1.2kg of virgin raw materials, conserving natural resources and reducing environmental impact.

Growing concerns for the environment are seeing both consumers and businesses more motivated to be environmentally conscious when it comes to what they purchase and, for businesses, what they manufacture

When it comes to sustainability, you can’t get better than glass. Not only is it made from abundant natural raw materials, as well as recycled glass ‘cullet’, glass is 100% infinitely recyclable and reusable. A glass bottle can go from recycling bin to store shelf within 30 days. Not only that but it doesn’t break down into harmful chemicals in the earth and oceans.

Useful resources

With so many of us working or learning from home right now, we’re sharing some tools and resources to help make the transition from school to distance learning a little easier. Also included is a link to our Glass Making Process interactive resource where you can learn more about glass making and sustainability.