In a press release published on February 18, 2019, industry group the European Container Glass Federation (FEVE) reported on the continued increase in demand for glass packaging within Europe. In the first half of 2018, the group found a 1% increase in both production volume and unit terms. Between 2012 and 2017, an 8.3% increase representing an additional 1.7 million metric tons of glass packaging was produced (FPF reported).

“This positive market dynamic for glass reflects an increasing consumer engagement with environmental causes,” FEVE writes. “Due to the level of media and political attention on “marine littering”, not only plastics but all packaging materials have come under the spotlight, and consumers are more and more attentive to the way products are packed.”

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FEVE (February 18, 2019). “Glass packaging demand continues to grow in Europe.

FEVE (February 18, 2019). “Glass packaging demand continues to grow in Europe driven by consumer engagement in sustainable consumption lifestyle.(pdf)

Elisabeth Skoda (February 27, 2019). “The resurgence of a classic material.Packaging Europe