If you’re seeking sustainable packaging solutions, switching to glass jars is one of the simplest and greenest options available. Glass is one of the most recyclable and reusable materials on this planet; in fact, it’s generally endlessly recyclable, depending on its color and condition. While there are numerous recyclable plastic jars out there (including in our collections), plastic tends to be less reusable than glass, which can be repurposed into a million things once its original purpose is fulfilled.
We’ll be going over all things clear glass jar packaging today, from the types we have available to the importance of properly recycling and/or reusing them. While the majority of the glass jar containers in our collection are clear, there are one or two translucent or opaque designs that can really come in handy for those certain products of yours that need to stay out of the sun. With nearly 100 kinds of glass jars in our vast collection, we actually just might have something that could work for any kind of product, no matter what you make. From eye creams to candies, from reusable cotton swabs to loose leaf teas, our glass jars wholesale collection is designed to accommodate an incredibly wide range of products.
So let’s dive in and talk all about glass jar containers with lids, including our cheap glass jars bulk collection. There’s lots to go over, so let’s get started!
Are Wholesale Glass Jars Recyclable?
Absolutely! Glass is one of the most recyclable materials on Earth and eco-friendly jars are a great way to reduce your impact, although it’s important to note that not all glass products are recyclable. While probably 95% of our wholesale glass jars are easily recyclable in curbside programs, the colored or dipped ones are a little trickier to recycle, often requiring a delicate and complicated process at specialized recycling programs. Then there are glass products like lightbulbs that are essentially not recyclable at all because of their intricately mixed materials.
But thankfully, as we said, most of the bulk glass jars in our wholesale jars collection are crystal clear and very easily recyclable. One of the most important things when it comes to glass recycling is separating variously colored glass, such as amber, green, and clear. In some cases, consumers need to take their separated glass to their local recycling centers in order to properly recycle it and help the program out. In others, consumers can put their mixed glass recycling all in one bin on their curb. As you move forward in your sustainability journey, be sure to research the local regulations in your state/community.
Choosing to opt for recyclable clear glass jars with lids is an amazing step toward reducing your company’s impact on our environment. That being said, the process doesn’t end with you making the switch to reusable, recyclable glass packaging. Once you purchase your glass jars with lids wholesale order, fill it with product, and sell the final result, the responsibility of properly disposing of or repurposing the jars shifts to your customers. Just as we’re working to provide you with sustainable packaging solutions and educate you on how to properly handle them, we encourage you to pass the information on to your consumers so they can finish out the cycle of reducing, reusing, and recycling.
Last but not least on this topic, one of the most crucial aspects of any kind of recycling, including when it comes to glass jars wholesale, is thoroughly cleaning the container before tossing it into the correct bin. Food, beverage, and product contamination can greatly affect the recycling process - so be sure to wipe and rinse them sparkling clean before you send them onto the next stage of their journey.
Why Is Recycling Better Than Trashing It?
When bulk glass jars are thrown into landfills or even just on the side of the road, they pose a number of threats to our environment. Glass is a durable, heavy material that can take millions of years to naturally degrade, and when it’s tossed on the side of the road, it can pose a hazard for wildlife and humans alike. If you’ve ever stepped on a piece of glass on the beach, you’ll know what we’re talking about.
Glass jars in bulk being thrown away is also a particularly disheartening example of true waste when you consider how highly recyclable most glass really is, as we discussed in the above section. There are so, so many ways to repurpose and/or recycle glass jars with lids, so when we see the numbers surrounding how much glass is actually recycled, we get a little bit sad. In 2018, for instance, 12.3 million tons of glass products were generated, including bulk glass jars and containers, but only 3.1 million tons, or 31.3 percent, was recycled. Landfills received about 7.6 million tons of municipal standard waste (MSW) glass, which was 5.2 percent of all MSW waste that year.
But that’s why we’re here, that’s why we focus on recyclable items like recyclable jars; we’re working on being a more eco-friendly packaging company with each passing day by providing you with sustainable packaging and the resources you need to help inform your customers on the recycling process. When we all work together, we can truly make a difference in glass jars bulk waste and pollution. When you encourage your customers to recycle your glass jars for sale, as well as practice good recycling and reusing habits yourself, there’s a high likelihood that they’ll be made into brand new, recycled glass containers - an ultimate form of reducing, reusing, and recycling.
What Types Of Recyclable Glass Jars Are Available?
We make and carry an incredibly vast collection of variously sized and shaped glass jars wholesale that can accommodate a wide range of product types. The amazing thing about glass jars is that there are very few restrictions on what you can safely put inside of them, meaning they’re safe (and sized) for beverages, foods, cosmetics, hardware, art supplies, and so much more.
Our mini glass jars range from 4 to 15 mL, or 0.12 to 0.51 fluid ounce, capacities, with four other sizes in between. Those sizes of mini glass jars are really great for things such as cream eyeliner, eye cream, individual eye shadows, cuticle balms, and other small cosmetic or toiletry items. Once a consumer has used up your product, these small glass jars are great for using as daily pill containers, for storing those extra buttons that come with fancy shirts and sweaters, and for using as travel containers for small amounts of lotions from bottles that are too large to fly with. Glass cosmetic jars may be tiny, but they can genuinely be used for a number of things once their original purpose has been fulfilled.
The next size bracket of fairly tiny glass jars ranges from 1 ounce to 4 ounce capacities, with five other sizes in between. We have a few glass jar with plastic lid or wooden lid varieties in there, but most come with lids sold separately so you can fully customize the look of your product packaging. Although we will say that clear glass jars with airtight wooden lids are one of the most aesthetic combinations in our whole collection. These sizes are also great for a range of cosmetic products like lotions and makeup products, but some of the larger ones are a good size for glass spice jars, cotton swabs, glitter, glass apothecary jars, and more.
Last but not least, the largest bracket of our empty glass jars collection ranges from 5 to 18 fluid ounce capacities, with three other sizes in between. The larger of our bulk glass jars can accommodate a vast range of product types, from loose leaf teas, to homemade dog treats, to candles! The 18 ounce clear glass jars with suction seal wooden lids are perfect for candles and are highly reusable. When consumers burn all the way through them, the 18 ounce jars can be cleaned and turned into planters, plus the clear glass allows you to check the moisture levels of your soil easily. The wooden lids are the perfect size for makeshift extra coasters, so keep them around in case you ever have extra guests over! But, much like our other cheap glass jars with lids (cheap in price, not in quality, to be clear), empty candles can be made into storage jars for innumerable household items.
Where To Buy Glass Jars Wholesale
There is simply no better place to buy glass jars in bulk than right here at Green Earth! Not only do we have a wide range of glass jars wholesale options for you to select from, but we also have some of the lowest prices you’ll find out there. But of course, the most important aspect of our glass jars with lids bulk collection is that it’s filled with ultra-environmentally-friendly, cheap glass jars.
Never again will you have to search things like “glass jars near me,” “buy glass jars near me,” or “buy glass jars wholesale near me.” All of the glass jars with lids wholesale you could ever need are right here in our glass jars collection. Last but not least, if you’re looking for plastic jars, check out our plastic jars wholesale collection for highly recyclable, aesthetic, affordable container options.
Frequently Asked Questions About Glass Jars
How To Open A Glass Jar
First, use one hand to hold the glass jar securely. Next, use your other hand to push down on the cap and turn either clockwise or counterclockwise.
For screw-top caps, hold the glass jar with one hand and turn the cap until it opens. Open a wooden lid by using your hands to lift the lid with gentle force.
How To Sterilize Glass Jars
First, wash your glass jar thoroughly with warm water and soap. Next, let it sit in hot, not boiling water for at least 10 minutes. Remove the jar and dry thoroughly.
What To Do With Glass Jars
Reusable glass jars are great for freezing stock and leftovers or storing dry goods like herbs and spices. Glass jars can be reused to store toiletries like cotton balls, extra buttons for clothing, or even homemade candles and jam.
Where To Buy Glass Jars
Green Earth is the number one destination for buying glass jars. Check out our selection of wholesale sustainable glass jars.