• Advantages of glass bottles over plastic

there’s a reason wine and spirits are stored in glass: purity of taste. Plastic (and, to a lesser degree, metal) can impart various “flavors” into the liquids it comes into contact with. But that’s just one reason that glass is an increasingly popular alternative to plastic and aluminum or stainless steel sport-style bottles.

Another is peace of mind. About five years ago, scientists and the Food and Drug Administration started issuing warnings about bisphenol A, commonly called BPA, a chemical used in plastics and in the linings of some metal vessels. Then, in 2010, the FDA recommended that parents avoid using bottles and cups containing BPA when feeding infants. That warning was enough to prompt many plastic-bottle manufacturers to start making BPA-free bottles. And it motivated many consumers to look for alternatives for their older children and themselves.

The glass used for food and beverage containers doesn’t leach chemicals, nor will using glass to hold beverages other than water — i.e. sports drinks — affect the material or absorb residual tastes or odors. Glass bottles are also safe to clean in a dishwasher, and it’s easy to see when they are sufficiently clean — something that’s not always clear with plastic or metal containers.

Of course, there’s a downside: Glass is breakable. The glass used for sports beverage bottles is very durable, but many companies are adding an extra layer of protection by wrapping the bottles in protective silicone sleeves. Another downside is that glass bottles are more than twice as heavy as plastic or metal. While carrying a glass bottle to yoga or Zumba or stashing one in the cage of a bike is one thing, hikers might be wary of carrying such a load.

  • Why Glass Bottle Packaging is More Popular

Glass bottle packaging has been around for a long time. Yet switching from plastic containers to glass is becoming more popular in recent years, as consumers become more aware of environmentally-friendly packaging, and companies rediscover the benefits of glass. Here, we’ll explore the growing popularity and benefits of glass bottle packaging, including safety, sustainability and image.

Safety: glass containers can effectively protect foods and beverages while preserving the products’ taste and maintaining purity.

Sustainability: Glass is a 100% recyclable, sustainable mono-material (meaning that is not composed of various materials) that can be recycled continuously without losing its purity or quality. Recycled glass containers can be made into new glass bottles, saving energy and raw materials. Other uses for recycled glass include landscaping, countertops, flooring, concrete pavement and tiles.

Image: Glass has a shelf impact unlike any other packaging material, with clarity, shape and texture that cannot be matched by plastics or cardboard. The transparency of glass allows for a clear showcase of the product, while the material’s strength contributes to its premium appearance.



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