Glass packaging manfacturer Owens-Illinois Inc. (O-I) presented its complete Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study at the China Safe and Sustainable Packaging Summit in Hangzhou, China.The China Safe and Sustainable Packaging Summit shares best practices in reducing resource use, waste and associated costs and creating sustainable packaging with consumer appeal.
The study examined cradle-to-cradle life cycle data on glass, aluminum and PET containers, and it found that glass favorable carbon footprint of all those packaging types. , O-I's LCA also shows that using recycled glass directly reduces carbon emissions. Every 10 percent of recycled glass used in production cuts carbon emissions by about 5 percent and reduces energy use by some 3 percent Further, transporting finished glass containers comprises only a small portion (4 percent to 5 percent) of the complete carbon footprint of glass packaging.
O-I says that the findings and the research was validated by AMR Research.
The manufacturer also stated that it is China's second largest glass manufacturer, with eight plants and one mold factory. O-I's reports that China operations produce around one million tonnes of glass packaging per year.