If you are manufacturing a drink and trying to decide between plastic and glass bottles, you may want to consider recycled glass bottles. There are numerous benefits to glass over plastic. Here are just a few of the reasons you may want to make that choice:
1. People Are More Likely to Recycle Glass
Some plastic bottles are recyclable, and based on that fact, your customers could easily recycle either glass or plastic bottles. In reality, however, that doesn't tend to happen.
Typically, when plastic bottles get recycled, they get turned into clothing, and in rare cases, they get reused as bottles. Unfortunately, many plastic bottles don't even make it that far—worldwide approximately 2.7 billion kilograms of plastic bottles go to landfills each year. On top of that, the carpet and clothing made of recycled plastic bottles also tend to go to the landfill at the end of its life cycle.
In contrast, glass recyclable bottles actually get recycled and used over and over again. It's the more sustainable option if you're concerned about recycling.
2. Customers Can Reuse Glass
On top of formal recycling, your customers can also reuse glass bottles around their homes. If you go for a screw top lid that seals like a jar lid rather than a bottle cap lid that is cinched on, that actually makes it even easier for your customers to reuse the bottles in other applications.
3. Glass Doesn't Affect the Flavour
In addition to helping the environment, recyclable glass bottles can also help to preserve the flavour of your product. Plastic and to some extent aluminium leach their taste into liquids, altering the purity of your product.
When you put your drink in a recycled bottle, in contrast, your customers get to enjoy the great flavour that you want them to enjoy. That makes it easier to safeguard the quality of your product and your brand image.
4. Glass Bottles Don't Have BPA
Plastic bottles and food containers are often lined with BPA. This chemical helps to extend the shelf life of certain foods. Formal studies are inconclusive about its effects, but many people believe that it has serious health effects, and they try to avoid it as a result.
If you are trying to appeal to health-conscious shoppers, this can become an issue. They may not buy your product if they believe there's BPA in the bottles. With glass, you don't have this concern.