The everyday glass milk bottle has been voted by experts as the most iconic glass packaging in the UK as part of the celebrations for the UN International Year of Glass (IYOG) 2022.

Seeing off competition from popular classics such as Heinz Tomato Sauce and Coca-Cola (see below), the single pint reusable glass milk bottle won due to its instantly recognisable shape, perfectly suited design and sustainable, made-to-be-reused credentials.

As part of the IYOG celebrations, experts from the worlds of packaging, retail, manufacturing and plastic-free living were brought together to choose the UK’s top 10 glass bottles and jars.

Judges on the panel included Jenni Richards, Federation Manager at British Glass, Joe Cadman of Friends of Glass, and Kate Jones owner of Instagram account my plastic free home.

Ms Richards said: “I think the milk bottle absolutely deserves its number one spot. Milk is synonymous with child nutrition and what better to convey such a pure liquid in than in safe, chemically inactive glass.”

The number one public choice, as voted on Instagram via Ms Jones's account, was the Bonne Maman jam jar.

She said nearly 12,000 votes were made across the 10 categories.

Mr Cadman said: “The judges did a great job in shifting through so many great contenders and we think they have come up with a cracking top ten list of the nation’s most loved glass packaging favourites.

“We’re also thrilled that thousands of followers of my plastic free home got involved to vote and comment. It’s clear there are lots of people who feel very passionate about glass.

“Both the Bonne Maman jar and the milk bottle each highlight in their unique own way, the wonderful reusability, recyclability and simple beauty that glass bottles and jars bring into our lives.”

See below for the top 10 bottles as voted for by judges.