Glass vs. plastic? Please, as if it’s debatable.
We love (fun) facts, number crunching, data loops—you name it; if it helps us get stuff done, we’re doing it. It’s why we designed our water bottles. With one less thing to think about—hydration— and we can focus on creating products that positively impact the planet.
That’s why our bottles had to be glass. Plastic, even BPA-free, is manufactured from petroleum by-products. And that’s just the tip of the oil derrick. Dig even deeper, and the debate—glass vs. plastic—has a real winner.
Consider the following facts when deciding between glass products or plastic. Plus, after reading, you’ll wow your friends at that next dinner party, water-cooler convo, or post-run chat.
Plastic—even hard plastic—is Soft
Plastic is relatively soft. That’s science. Here some everyday proof: Ever store that delicious bolognaise you’ve slaved over for hours in a plastic container, only to have said container bare a red tinge for the rest of its days? You think that transfer doesn’t happen both ways? Well, good sir, I invite you to sip from a plastic water bottle gently warmed inside your car? Mmm, I’m getting polycarbonate notes on the palette. Nasty, right? Additionally, plastic’s been shown to leach chemicals and absorb germs.
Yeah, but BPA-free is safe, right?
Wrong. Next question.
Okay, so what is BPA, anyway? And, are BPA-free products safe?
BPA stands for bisphenol A. Since the early 1960’s this industrial chemical was, and is, a key ingredient of certain manufactured plastics and resins. BPA is considered safe by the FDA; however, there are some serious caveats. When subjected to heat, all plastics, even those designated as BPA-free begin to break down. The material is still plastic so there are literally thousands of other chemicals packed in there beside BPA. That means forget the dishwasher and forget leaving that trusty canteen in the car. Pass, please. Already know how that one tastes—a bit like cancer.
Keep it Simple, Smarty Pants
Just peek at the ingredient list. On one side, plastic is composed of an anything-but-craft cocktail of unpronounceable polycarbons. Give these inputs a gander: polyethylene terephthalate, polyvinyl chloride, and polystyrene to name a fraction. Glass, on the other hand, is composed of two elements—silicon with a double dose of oxygen—or, commonly known as sand. Glass has stored ingestible liquids for millennia. It’s tried and true.
The environmental angle
The plastic game simply looks dismal. Globally, disposable drinking bottles consume almost 3 million tons of plastic a year. Only 1 percent of those bottles find their way to the recycling center.
But that’s disposable's, we’re talking about refillable bottles.
Fine, but you must admit the facts are astounding. And, since you asked for it, here’s the knockout punch:
According to the U.S. Green Building Council, recycled glass requires over half the energy of making new glass. On the recycling side, almost 80 percent of all recycled glass can be reclaimed. Much less plastic is recycled than we’d like to believe. That’s because…drumroll, please….it breaks down over time. When we first read it, it broke our recycling hearts too.
Really though we’re lovers, not fighters. And just like love, glass is the answer.