One group, Arcline Beehive Design Foundation (ABDF) is advocating a return to the use of glass in packaging water and other liquids because it is more environmentally friendly than plastics currently widely used for l ‘packaging.
The group, ABDF, says it is committed to “Spreading environmental and sustainable development practices – providing advice, training and solutions to stakeholders”.
Due to the United Nations declaration of 2022 as the International Year of Glass, ABDF decided to organize one-year activities to sensitize Nigerians, especially policy makers on the need to revert to the use of glass products in the packaging of liquids, including water and not plastics which are neither recyclable nor degradable.
Planned activities, according to Arcline Beehive Design Foundation Board Chairman Mr. Adeolu Okulaja, would include facilitating training opportunities for those interested in learning the art of glassblowing to form vessels and containers. ornamental products.
Okulaja said this during his visit to the Lagos State Ministry of Environment and the University of Lagos, which is expected to collaborate with them on the one-year activities.
At the meeting were, 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 organize a one-year 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 working in partnership with the University of Lagos. The Vice-Chancellor is fully involved. The Faculty of Environmental Sciences is the basis of the celebration and we call on all partners, financial, technological, social sciences, philanthropists, international organizations, embassies, consulates, to join us for this celebration. We are going to have an event for each of the months. Now, for the first one we will have in January, we will present the Sustainable Development Goals. There are 21. We have a target of 2030 to achieve some of these targets. So we’re going to present them to the whole community and bring them back into the country and say, well, these are sustainable development goals. What do you know about them? And then we’re also now going to take each of those goals that support the International Year of Glass. “There are 11 that have been described and that highlight them. “
He said their visit to the Ministry of the Environment was due to the fact that the ministry was deeply committed to environmental awareness and things were happening around sustainable development. He said: “Climate change is very crucial for the advancement of mankind, not even Nigeria, you know. So when we talk about the environment, we are talking about things that will move human beings forward and improve their lives. “So to get to why we are here today, as Dr Sannut said, we are also working with them on other aspects of the environment, including sanitation, trying to putting in place the sanitation infrastructure in Lagos State. It is also our desire to continue working in other areas. That is why we looked at that and said, okay, this is something thing we want to do.
“All activities have been implemented to ensure that glass as a material is celebrated as a material of excellence. It is a sustainable material which 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, you even see them being used on fences as a defense. Reusing bottles is therefore something that we are so used to. And like I said, it’s reintroduced the last time we went to the cistern. Yes there are different kinds and most of their hotels now they come back to the glass water bottle that means they serve you water in the glass bottle. You turn the bottle over for them to sterilize and it is still used for repackaging. “And once you go to use your glass cup for drinking, you don’t have to, you have to use a disposable.”
On the use of glass in buildings, he said: “Even in the built environment, we realize that it is so conducive to be in glass houses because of the weight we place. also to the environment. “Once we just have a skeletal structure, instead of putting blocks of boulders now, we realize that even where we’re sitting now, the glass is over 50%.
“So this is something that we should all believe in and we should be prepared to work on this aspect as well. So, taking that in the area of sustainable development, as you said, it touches on a lot of the activities that we preach on, that we work on. So we have a section on education, environmental education, and I think they can come up with something very fantastic on the glass issue as well. Currently, we are working with legal persons and they have been on the ground. “
Mr. Oguntola said: “Glass is in decline. Back then all of our drinks and soda bottles were glass, even strong drinks and everything was in glass bottles, but nowadays we have the known plastic and cans.
“Most manufacturers use plastic packaging materials instead of glass, which in my opinion is even more environmentally friendly. if you compare it with the plastic packing. So, is there a way to promote the use of glass again? if you look at the buildings ….. mainly the glass is used in the skyscrapers and the usual buildings that we have located like the bungalow the one story building was mostly concrete block, we also have to promote the glass in the building industry more use of 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 long, you may not even need to put all of this, if you have a glass where sunlight can easily penetrate.