Perfume and cosmetics glass manufacturer Wheaton Brasil will use biogas as an energy source for its glass manufacturing processes.

Wheaton will use biogas obtained from the decomposition of organic matter to replace part of its natural gas consumption.

According to the manufacturer’s estimates, using biogas will reduce its annual CO2 emissions linked to the production of glass by approximately 7,000 tonnes.

This is equivalent to more than 50,000 trees planted over a period of 20 years.

Renato Massara Junior, Commercial and Marketing Director of Wheaton, said: "Being the first company in our industry to use biogas for glass production is a source of great pride for us and demonstrates how Brazil is a country that increasingly stands out in the promotion and development of sustainable solutions.”

Wheaton’s Ecoglass range will also see the manufacture produce lightweight glass bottles.

The eco-designed collection offers lighter bottles requiring a reduced amount of glass compared to traditional bottles.

According to Wheaton, it allows a reduction in water and energy consumption, and a reduction of more than 30% in CO2 emissions.

The thread of the bottles allows the pump to be unscrewed to facilitate refilling of the product, and facilitates the separation of the pump and the glass for recycling operations.