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You read that right. Unlike plastic, glass and metal (including aluminum) can be recycled infinitely without losing quality or purity in the product. There’s no need to add additional virgin material in the recycling process– recycling glass and metal is the ultimate form of circular economy, the process of using and then reusing materials without generating any waste. (Spring Pool Glass Co. Ltd., a glass recycling and innovation company based in Taiwan, is an excellent example of this.)
So then why did we make the switch to plastic? Dasdy Lin, Sustainability Consultant at the Plastics Industry Development Center (PIDC), shared these three reasons:
Global transportation shipping costs
Safety – consistency and stability of products without risk of breaking
“Say for example, I ship 100 bottles and in the end, I only receive 98 because 2 broke. That’s capital loss. But plastic rarely breaks. Plus, if we are looking at life-cycle assessment, it will probably take more energy to ship the glass bottles than the plastic ones because glass is heavier. The weight difference will result in the consumption of more fuel during transportation. So the negative effect on the environment is more fuel-burning, which results in more pollution.”
Posted: Thursday 19 December 2019
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