Nigeria: A group advocates the use of glass products, not plastic for packaging

One group, Arcline Beehive Design Foundation (ABDF) is advocating a return to the use of glass in the packaging of water and other liquids, as it is more environmentally sustainable than the plastics currently widely used for packaging.

The group, ABDF, says it is committed to the “spread of environmental and sustainability practices – providing advice, training and solutions to stakeholders”.

Due to the United Nations declaration of 2022 as the International Year of Glass, the ABDF has decided to organize year-long activities to sensitize Nigerians, especially policy makers, on the need to return to the use of glass products in the packaging of liquids, including water. not plastics that are neither recyclable nor degradable.

Planned activities, according to the Chairman of the Board of the Arcline Beehive Design Foundation, Mr. Adeolu Okulaja, would include facilitating training opportunities for those interested in learning the art of glass blowing to form containers and ornamental products.

Okulaja said so during his visit to the Lagos State Ministry of Environment and the University of Lagos which is expected to collaborate with them in the year-long activities.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Adebayo Okuwobi, Mr. Adeolu Okulaja, Ms. Funmilola Eyeoyinbo, Dr. Hassan Sanuth, Mr. Adeoye, Ms. Oguntola, Mr. Segun Jemitola,

Ms. Obisesan and Ms. Akinwusi.

He said: “We are planning to hold a year-long celebration with the University of Lagos. We believe that UNILAG, as an institution, is the best place to advance the Sustainable Development Goals.

“We are in partnership with the University of Lagos. The Vice-Chancellor is fully involved. The Faculty of Environmental Sciences is the base of the celebration and we call on all partners, financial, technological, social sciences, philanthropists, international bodies, embassies, consulates, all to join us in this celebration. We are going to have an event for each of the months. Now, for the first one that we are going to have in January, we are going to introduce the Sustainable Development Goals. There are a 21. We have a 2030 target to achieve some of these goals, so we’re going to take them out to the whole community and bring them back into the country and say, well, these are sustainable development goals. And then we’re now going to take each of those goals that support the International Year of Glass, “There are 11 that have been set and put them forward.”

He said their visit to the Ministry of Environment was due to the fact that the ministry is deeply committed to environmental awareness and there are things happening around sustainable development. He said: “Climate change is very crucial for the advancement of humanity, not even Nigeria, you know. So when we talk about the environment, we are talking about things that will advance human beings and improve their lives.” So to come to why we are here today, as Dr Sannut said, we also work with them on other aspects of the environment, including sanitation , trying to set up the sanitation infrastructure in Lagos State. It is also our desire to continue working in other areas. That’s why we looked at that and said, okay, that’s something we want to do.

“All activities have been set in motion to ensure that glass as a material is celebrated as a material of excellence. It is a sustainable material that can be defined as perhaps the first for the circular economy You know, glass is glass that can be recycled countless times in a closed loop. So if you have glass and you break it, you can turn it back into glass without any loss of material. And it will continue to maintain this consistency.

According to Dr Sannut, “Glasses, whatever their shape, can be reused. At worst, they are even seen being used on fences as a means of defence. So reusing bottles is something we are so used to And like I said it’s reintroduced last time we went to the cistern Yes there are different kinds and most of their hotels now they are going back to the glass water bottle, that means they serve you with water in the glass bottle. You return the bottle for them to sterilize and it’s still used for repackaging” And once you go and use your glass tumbler for drinking, that is not mandatory you must use disposable.”

About the use of glass in buildings, he said: “Even in the built environment, we realize that it is so auspicious to be in glass houses because of the weight we also put on the building. environment.” Once we just have a skeletal structure, instead of now putting block block block, we realize that even where we’re sitting now, it’s more than 50% glass.

“So that’s something that we should all believe in and we should also be prepared to work on that aspect. So starting from the area of ​​sustainable development, as you said, that cuts across a lot of activities that we we preach, which we work on, so we have a section on education, environmental education and I think they can also come up with something very fantastic on the issue of glass, and currently we are working with companies and they have been on the ground.”

Mr Oguntola said: “Glass is in decline. At that time all of our drinks and soft drink bottles were glass, even hard drinks and everything was in glass bottles, but these days we have the known plastic and cans taking over.

“We have most manufacturers using plastic packaging materials instead of glass, which I think is even more environmentally friendly. If you compare it with plastic packaging. Is there any way to promote the use of glass again?If you look at the buildings…..mostly glass is used in the high rise buildings and regular buildings we have located like the bungalow, the single storey building was mostly concrete block we also need to promote glass in the construction industry glass because if you use glass you can even save your energy bills.If you have a glass ceiling, you will find that the house will be lit even all day, you may not even need to put all that, if you have a glass where sunlight can easily penetrate.”

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