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The ‘Believers in Glass’ Press conference and the launch of their website was held in Nelum, at Waters Edge on the 2nd of February 2016. Their initiative was to create awareness and to encourage people to use glass in their day to day lives, simply because it is the best choice for a sustainable lifestyle. The gathering was addressed by the following speakers;

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  • Dr. A.A.P Keerthi (Honorary Joint Secretary, Institute of Chemistry Ceylon, College of Chemical Sciences)
  • Mr. R.M.G.B Rajanayake (City Analyst)
  • Dr. Waruna Gunathilaka (Head, Department of Toxicology and National Poison Centre and Consultant Physician at the National Hospital Colombo)
  • Mrs. Chandrika Thilakarathne (Director Consumer Affairs and Information – Consumer Affairs Authority, Ministry of Industry and Commerce)
  • Mr. A.H.L.D Gamini Wijesinghe (Director Promotions & Environment Education at Ministry of Environment and Mahaweli Development)
  • Mr. Sanjay Tiwari (CEO/Managing Director of Piramal Glass Ceylon PLC)
  • Mr. Santosh Menon (Managing Director of BBDO Lanka)

The health and environmental benefits of glass was the most prominent topic at the event. According to Dr. A.A.P Keerthi “In many countries there is data to suggest that the wrong forms of packaging can actually contaminate and even poison food.

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In the wrong form of packaging, chemicals can leach from the packaging and poisons its contents whether it be food or beverages. Glass does not contain harmful chemicals and is a guaranteed safe form of food packaging.

Adding to that, City Analyst R.M.G.B. Rajanayake revealed that glass is an inert compound, which does not change form even when it is recycled; however in other synthetic materials a lot of chemical changes take place which may contaminate our food, making it much safer to use glass. BBDO Lanka Managing Director Santosh Menon also commented that food tastes better, lasts longer, stays fresher and remains safer and healthier when it is stored in glass.

It was further discussed that recycling of glass gives countless benefits to the environment as it is 100% recyclable and can be recycled an infinite number of times without limitations “Every day in Sri Lanka, almost 60 tonnes of glass gets recycled. We have over 21 collection centres all over the island, with over 200 people collecting glass every day. All the glass that goes in to the environment comes back to us and gets recycled” said Piramal Glass Ceylon PLC CEO and Managing Director Sanjay Tiwari.

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Don't drive and drink toxic water

Say ‘no’ to the toxic in your vehicle and switch to glass! The ‘Believers in glass’-movement tied up with Piramal Glass Ceylon PLC to give away free glass bottles for water stora ge on 2nd of July 2016 from 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m. at key IOC and laugfs petrol stations;

IOC Petrol Sheds – Mount Lavinia, Alexander Place, Kottawa, Peliyagoda
Laugfs Petrol Sheds – Havelock place

The main objective of ‘Don’t drive and drink toxic water’ campaign is to invite people not to carry water or store water in plastic for long as plastic in the bottles leach chemicals into the water thus poisoning it;

  • As per global research, mineral water, if stored in plastic bottles, has 27% higher Bromates than WHO standards (4 mg in 1 litre is the maximum limit) and also more Chlorites and Chlorates.
  • Another research revealed the presence of harmful elements such as antimony, lead and cadmium in liquids stored in plastic.

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  • When exposed to over 40 degree Celsius of heat, plastic bottles can leach chemicals such as Bisphenol A (BPA) and Diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) into your water, thus making it toxic whereas glass provides a protective shield against such chemicals.
  • These toxic chemicals may cause a negative effect on your immune system, hormonal imbalance, baldness, asthma in children, diabetes, hypertension, pancreatic malfunction, liver and kidney problems and even cancer.
  • New research shows that BPA negatively affects the chances of conceiving and results in a higher risk of miscarriages. Antimony leads to heart muscle damage, Cadmium causes respiratory tract infections and DEHP has already been banned in many countries.

That’s where glass comes into play as its nonporous and impermeable nature acts as an outstanding barrier against outside influences like extreme heat. Glass is proven to be the best to store water, especially if you keep it inside your vehicle;

  • Glass has the capability to withstand extreme heat and cold, this enables glass to prevent chemicals from leaking into the contents it holds while maintaining its freshness and durability.
  • Glass helps to maintain the aroma, flavour and freshness of water and does not negatively affect its contents in any way.

All of the above facts are convincing enough for you to switch to glass. We would like to see all of you on 2nd of July, making that healthy choice of switching to glass. Come and join the movement, get your own healthy glass bottle for free and say ‘no’ to toxic.

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