University Partners

GPI provides resources for classroom and real-life experience for students to become the future of the glass industry.

GPI’s Educational Program endeavors to instruct university-level packaging students in the following core areas:

  1. Glass’s key attributes and benefits as a packaging material
  2. The latest in labeling and decorating methods
  3. Case studies that profile consumer products goods (CPG) companies that continue to use/prefer glass packaging

GPI proudly supports the packaging program at each of the following universities:

  1. California Polytechnic State University
  2. Clemson University
  3. Michigan State University
  4. Rochester Institute of Technology
  5. San Jose State University
  6. University of Wisconsin-Stout
  7. University of Florida
  8. Virginia Tech               

Manufacturing Plant Tours

To take packaging and materials education beyond the classroom, GPI arranges tours of its member companies’ glass container manufacturing plants.

These tours are designed to give university-level packaging and materials science students an unparalleled, first-hand experience of the glass packaging industry.

To book a tour, contact Bryan Vickers at

Book a Lecture

To take packaging and materials education to the classroom, GPI will provide for a glass packaging professional to visit your class. To book a lecture or other speaking engagement, contact Scott DeFife at

Educational Materials

Mould Sets

GPI member manufacturing companies may be able to provide your educational institution with retired glass container mould sets.

For information on acquiring mould sets, you may contact Gina Behrman at or Leslie Orozco at

Glass Sorting Applications

For information on glass sorting applications, click here to learn more about the AUTOSORT LASER, manufactured by TOMRA North America. The AS is designed for separating glass from municipal waste streams efficiently in order to raise yields and glass purity levels. The machine’s innovation combines Near Infrared sensors (NIR) and laser technology to separate glass from other transparent materials like polymers as well as all opaque materials like stones, ceramics, porcelain, wood, paper, and other materials.

Encyclopedia Reference on Glass Recovery

The updated Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia delivers the ins and outs on glass recycling. It features data, statistics, and descriptions of how glass is collected, processed, and recycled in the U.S.