Welcome to the Age of Glass!

Back in February, the opening ceremony of the UN International Year of Glass 2022 was held in Geneva to officially celebrate the Age of Glass

Taking place from the 10th to the 11th, the hybrid event brought together more than 4300 attendees from 72 countries. It was just the first of a series of events, activities and milestones that will be taking place throughout this year all around the globe to celebrate the past, present and future of this iconic material. 

In his address at the opening ceremony, Vitaliano Torno, President of the European Container Glass Federation (FEVE) and President of Business Operations at O-I Europe, highlighted all the reasons we have to level up our glass celebrations this year: “We have a unique opportunity to celebrate glass. Glass is endlessly recyclable, guarantees quality and safety no matter how many times it’s recycled and it’s virtually inert. It’s the healthy choice, it is beautiful, it builds brands, and it is loved by people of all generations. That’s what makes it the perfect choice for brands, retailers and consumers alike,” he said

The UN’s historic move to declare 2022 as the Year of Glass aligns with the organisation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a vision which calls on us all – from citizens to industries to policymakers – to work together to reshape the planet in line with sustainable behaviours. As an example of how the UN is putting this vision into practice, the UN Environment Assembly recently adopted a new resolution to address global plastic pollution

For more information on how you can participate in the International Year of Glass celebrations, please visit: https://iyog2022.org.

Written by Dominy Jones