Let’s get the obvious out of the way: glass water bottles look amazing. Stylish, streamlined, and modern, these reusable water bottles are good-looking enough to be a model’s accessory at Fashion Week.
But in addition to being easy on the eyes, reusable glass water bottles are easy on the environment too. Here’s what makes glass water bottles so environmentally friendly.
Replace Single-Use Disposable Water Bottles
For every glass water bottle someone buys and uses, that’s one less single-use disposable water bottle getting used and thrown away. Americans buy an estimated 29.8 billion single-use plastic water bottles every year, and nearly 80% of those bottles will end up in landfills (where it takes over 500 years to break down!).
Plus, producing plastics takes a lot of energy and resources; in fact, it’s estimated that the production of plastics accounts for 4% of the energy consumption in the United States. Here’s a brain bender: it takes three times the amount of water to produce a disposable water bottle, than it does to fill one bottle of water. Seems like a waste to us — which is why we keep our reusable glass water bottles with us at all times.
Glass Can Be Recycled Indefinitely
Unlike plastic, glass is made from all-natural, sustainable raw materials (mostly sand), and it doesn’t degrade over time. Even better? Glass is 100% recyclable, and it can be recycled again… and again… and again, without losing any quality or purity. According to the EPA, making new glass from recycled glass is typically cheaper than using raw materials.
Glass is the only packaging material that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration typically regards as safe. Unlike many plastics, glass doesn’t have any harmful chemicals with scary, unpronounceable names, like BPA, phthalate, PVC, or polycarbonate.
Why do you want to avoid these chemicals? Well, plastics made from polycarbonate resin can leak BPA into the contents of the container (quick refresher: studies suggest BPA could have harmful effects on reproductive organs, especially in infants and toddlers).
Easy to Clean
Instead of wasting water thoroughly hand-washing your glass water bottle, it’s safe to throw into the dishwasher with all the other dishes you need to wash. Seems like a small impact, but this bulk-wash move saves water and is more environmentally-friendly than separately hand-washing your water bottle (although if that’s what your care and use guide calls for, we have a few tips on how to clean your reusable water bottle).
With a BPA-free glass water bottle at your side, what other ways will you find to have a positive impact on the environment?