It is important to think about the impact you are leaving on the environment. Are you using recyclable food containers? Or will they go to a landfill and contribute to the growing trash around us? You want to choose food and drink containers that are the most beneficial to our earth. Take a look in detail at these comparisons of the environmental impacts of glass bottles vs. plastic bottles, and also glass containers vs. plastic containers.
Bottles: Glass or Plastic
Plastic is made from natural gas and oil and can be accessed by drilling deep into the earth’s crust. You will find plastic everywhere: in bottles, containers for food, toy packaging, snack bags. It is lightweight and waterproof. It doesn’t break when dropped. While some plastic is recyclable, it can only be recycled so many times. A lot of plastic ends up in landfills and is piling up at an alarming rate. Meanwhile, drilling into the earth’s crust continues as more and more plastic is being manufactured. It’s a worrisome cycle that is hurting the planet more than benefiting it.
Glass is made from sand, ash, limestone, and recycled glass. These resources are widely available. Limestone can be mined, and that has some downsides like polluting water nearby and taking away from animal habitats. But mostly, the resources that make up glass are easily found, with a minimal negative impact on the earth. Glass can be recycled over and over, with no limits. Glass isn’t piling up in landfills like plastic is.
If you are pondering whether it’s better to buy a drink in a disposable bottle, then choosing glass over plastic is always better. You will be paying a tiny bit higher price in some cases, but taking care of your earth in the long run.
You know what to do when it comes to drinks; what about glass vs. plastic containers?
Containers: Glass Vs. Plastic
When it comes to using glass or plastic for food containers in your home, the big element that affects this is heating the container of food. Plastic causes trouble when heated, releasing bisphenol-A (BPA) and phthalates into the food. These substances can cause chronic health risks in the human body. Here are some benefits of glass over plastic when it comes to food containers:
- Glass is nonporous and doesn’t discolor or absorb smells.
- You can wash glass at high temperatures in the dishwasher.
- Glass can be reused again and again, never losing shape or changing texture.
- You can see inside a glass container to know what’s inside without opening the lid.
Glass is the apparent winner when it comes to storing and heating food. If you are worried about glass breaking, there are great silicone covers on the market that go outside of glass containers and give some grace if you were to drop the container accidentally.
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