October 27, 2021
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Although supply chain bottlenecks are prompting concerns about an adequate supply of imported wines and champagnes for the holidays, the domestic wine supply is in good hands with the US glass industry, according to Scott DeFife, president of the Glass Packaging Institute. "There is no shortage of glass in North America," said DeFife. "We have all the raw materials we need."
Full Story: The Wall Street Journal (10/22) 
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Industry News
Germany's Sorg Group has built a furnace, cullet return system and batch plant for a Vidrio Formas glass container facility in Toluca, Mexico. The regenerative end-fired furnace is capable of producing a variety of container glass colors.
Full Story: Glass International online (10/24) 
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Skin care brand Rodan + Fields has rolled out a facial serum in refillable glass bottle packaging made from 90% recycled content. The bottle is expected to reduce the brand's packaging by 26,600 pounds annually, making it the brand's most sustainable product launch ever.
Full Story: Beauty Packaging (10/25) 
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Orders for Swiss-based Bucher Emhart Glass grew more than 76% during the first nine months of this year compared to the same period in 2020. The company also reported specifically orders for glass-forming machinery experienced significant growth.
Full Story: Glass International online (10/27) 
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The working relationship between Sorg Group and Heinz-Glas has spanned more than 50 years and includes Heinz-Glas' early adoption of Sorg's revolutionary all-electric furnace technology. The two companies are now partnering on an electric furnace powered by renewable energy. Full Story: Glass Online (10/20) 
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O-I, Glass has fired a roughly $34.8 million furnace recently installed in its Seville, Spain plant. The furnace project was focused on energy efficiency and was accompanied by the renovation of two production lines, which increased production capacity by 10%.
Full Story: Glass International online (10/26) 
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Maersk, MSC and Zim's TP9/Eagle/ZP9 line will bypass the Port of Seattle this week because of longer wait times caused by congestion. The carriers said the move will only be temporary.
Full Story: The Loadstar blog (U.K.) (10/27) 
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Regulatory & Legislative Update
In an effort to boost curbside glass recycling rates, Vermont-based Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) has drafted a model bill that would require brands to have a minimum level of recycled content in glass container and fiberglass production and is seeking public comments on the draft. Despite input from several glass industry stakeholders who suggested that recycled content requirements will not fix poor curbside glass quality issues, NERC is pressing forward with the provision backed by waste haulers.
Full Story: Recycling Today (10/24) 
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Recycling & Sustainability
Carbon emissions from coal-powered plants will be surpassed by the plastic industry by 2030, according to a report from Beyond Plastics and Material Research. "The scale of the plastics industry's greenhouse gas emissions is staggering, but it's equally concerning that few people in government or in the business community are even talking about it," said Judith Enck, Beyond Plastics president and a former Environmental Protection Agency regional administrator.
Full Story: Gizmodo (10/21) 
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Health & Wellness
A study published in the Environmental Pollution journal has found a chemical compound commonly present in plastic packaging called phthalate causes cardiovascular disease and 100,000 premature deaths annually of Americans aged 55 to 64. Phthalates are also known to disrupt endocrine function and have been banned in children's products in Europe. Full Story: GoodPlanet (10/13) 
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