At Plumbs’ Dairy we’re proud to be supporting the fight against plastic pollution by offering milk in glass bottles. While to some this may seem like a drop in the ocean, if we all made small changes to our lifestyle to use less plastic we would make a dramatic impact on the environment.
We’re passionate about helping to support the campaign against single use plastic, so we’ve decided to share with you some of the cold hard facts that we hope will help you make the switch.
Go with Glass
It’s true. Glass bottles are 100% recyclable and can be used over and over again without losing their quality or purity. The endless cycle ensures that glass doesn’t have to be added to landfill. From this simple act alone, over a tonne of natural resources are saved from every tonne of glass recycled.
It’s All Natural
The beauty of glass bottles lies in the fact that they are completely natural.
Made from readily available materials such as sand, soda ash, limestone and ‘cullet’, the industry term for recycled glass.
This means that each bottle you use and recycle, ends-up being transformed into another bottle after it’s been used.
According to the latest recycling statistics, each family in the UK uses an average of 500 glass bottles and jars every year. While this is great news, we are still not maximising on the energy saving benefits of using glass.
When it comes to the glass milk bottle, the recycling and energy benefits are even better, as the bottles are reused 25 times before being recycled.
At present the glass recycling level in the UK saves enough energy to launch 10 space shuttle missions, with just one glass bottle saving enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes.
Fresher For Longer
Glass bottles are favoured by drinks companies such as Coca-Cola, as well as cosmetics and healthcare brands such as Neal’s Yard. Just think about the fact that medicine often comes in glass, and so do many aromatherapy products.
The very reason for this is due to the properties of glass being able to preserve produce and not interfere with the product it contains. As it’s only made from natural products, this is far better for food and other sensitive products. Plastic contains chemicals that could change the chemical makeup of a product if it is exposed to extreme temperatures or left for too long.
500 Years of Plastic
Plastic bottles take 500 years to fully decompose. In this time they remain in landfill, or if not recycled appropriately, end up in the ocean. With latest UK statistics revealing that 275,000 tonnes of plastic bottles are used each year, this equates to around 15 million single-use bottles being used per day.
Due to the polymers and various chemicals that create plastic, plastic bottles can only be recycled a maximum or 7 – 9 times before they have to be repurposed, or disposed of.
This is a dramatically low number compared to the lifecycle of glass.
Once a plastic bottle has come to the end of its life, it can be recycled into artificial fibers for duvet fillings, home insulation and various items of clothing.
Too Many Options
It’s estimated that there are now around 50 different types of plastics used in creating plastic bottles, which makes it more difficult to sort and reprocess than any other recyclable material.
While many types of plastic bottles can be recycled, it often depends how they were created, and with which materials. Recycling plastic is no simple job.
A Large Carbon Footprint
When we think of the pollution caused by plastic bottles it’s easy to just presume that it’s the physical bottle causing all the issues, but processing and transporting plastic bottles all equates to a carbon footprint that is making a wider impact on the environment.
On average, one plastic bottle has a carbon footprint of 82 grams, which is far higher than that of glass bottles which stands at 6 grams.
As you can see from the data, there are many more facts to consider when you decide to ditch the plastic and switch to glass.
Glass is the one bottle to rule them all, and it’s an option we all need to start choosing in order to create a more sustainable environment.
Begin your plastic free journey today, and swap your plastic milk containers for glass.