Members of the English ecology group "Friends of the Earth" gathered in London on Saturday (7 December) to protest at the proliferation of different shaped, non-returnable glass containers used in Britain.
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Background: Members of the English ecology group "Friends of the Earth" gathered in London on Saturday (7 December) to protest at the proliferation of different shaped, non-returnable glass containers used in Britain.
The London demonstration was one of 50 held in various centres around the country.
The Friends of the Earth gathered outside a London supermarket and arranged about two thousand glass containers - each one a different shape and size - on the pavement.
They handed out leaflets to passers-by, calling for standardisation of bottle and jar shapes and sizes. They said all should be re-usable so a standard jar could be used for products as diverse as jam and pickled onions. They also suggest only one bottle shape is needed. It could contain milk, beer, wine and most liquids. At present it is estimated there are three thousand different bottles used for marketing wines and spirits alone in the United Kingdom.
The group showed the Saturday shoppers larger-than-life examples of ideally shaped bottles and jars.
The demonstrations were part of the group's continuing call for better stilisation of waste materials in modern-day Britain.