O-I plans to increase the recycled glass content of its bottles to 50%.
On average, every bottle or jar that O-I manufactures contains 38% recycled glass.
It is taking a tailored approach to increase recycled content across the company with a goal to increase recycled content to a 50% average by 2030.
By using recycled glass, O-I reduces the amount of raw material needed to make new glass.
A single kg of recycled glass replaces 1.2 kg of virgin raw materials. Using recycled glass also reduces carbon emissions. Every 10% of recycled glass reduces emissions by 5%.
Recycling glass also reduces energy. Every 10% of recycled glass generates an energy savings of approximately 3%.
The energy saved by recycling a single bottle could light a 15-watt, low-energy light bulb for 24 hours.