Glass vs. Plastic

Plastic water bottles, so convenient. Glass, makings its way back. Metal, so hipster. At what point do you look at the water bottle in your hands and decide to change the very way you consume you 2L per day? Maybe this might be the push you need to really consider your choices!

With something so basic as drink consumption it can hard to see the difference in what is better for you, the environment and ultimately more economical for your wallet. In either efforts in a vintage lifestyle and bringing the past to the present, or ergonomical standpoints, glass is making a comeback. These efforts are being helped in a small way by many manufacturers that are developing a reusable glass bottle that is hard to break and won’t shatter if dropped or broken. Retailers have said that the slow shift to reusable glass bottles from metal and plastic has become a booming business. The interest does not stop at water bottles and has been seen to move into reusable glass coffee mugs and tupperware.

Now you’re probably wondering what’s starting this trend? Yes, glass is heavy, breaks easy and makes an obnoxious clink every time anything touches it. Consumers mainly concern that chemicals that is used in packaging and production are leaching onto the products that they are then consuming. Glass bottles also do not harbor any old smelly water that hangs around in the bottle when left, meaning you can use and use the same glass bottle for days without needing to wash it, or even binning it.

Walking around drinking a VOSS water bottle can look a little ‘douchey’ but try to think of all the negative landfill you are providing towards. Many people disregard the importance of recycling; therefore, thousands of bottles end up in landfill. Plastic bottles are made from a petroleum product that is known as polyethylene terephthalate (PET), and require large amounts of fossil fuels to both create and transport them. For an intended single use item, it is an environmental hazard. Reports say humans produce 20,000 plastic bottles per second and by 2021 we will have doubled our pollution from 2004 and should consider the theat as big as climate change.

The biggest concern that is making people push for change has been the presences on bisphenol A, or BPA. BPA is an estrogen mimicking industrial chemicals that is used in most plastics and in the protective coatings that line the insides of some metallic containers and can have long term effects of the body. The concerns about the chemical have pushed some metal container companies to refrain from using it. BPA can’t be removed from plastic but can be stopped from being used in the manufacturing of the bottles, but then you end up with a really expensive plastic bottle because it says BPA free on it.

Lastly, this also transfers into the manic world of coffee. For around $30 you can nab yourself a personalized ‘Keep Cup’ that you can use instead of generic coffee cups. Some of these can be glass, or hardened plastic. Regardless if this is a fad, or a pointless exploited accessory, it is for a good cause. Replacing the generic cups with glass will stop the mass landfill of the small cardboard cups. Unfortunately, coffee cups are not reusable, nor recyclable as they contain a lining of polyethylene on the inside of the cup that stops them from being recycled. Also, some cafes give you a discount if you don’t use their cups, IT PAYS OFF!

Being conscious and using better health, economic and environmentally friendly options can do great things for your own well-being and the well-being of the planet we live on. Buying one glass bottle or mug will stop you from having to buy ample amounts of plastic. It all starts with looking at your water bottle and thinking of the benefits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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