Choice between glass and plastic
Author: Sam Haddad
A choice between glass and plastic might seem like a no-brainer. Glass is 100% recyclable and one of the most frequently recycled materials in the UK, while plastic is made from oil and the poster child for planetary disaster. But when it comes to measurable environmental impact, things get a little more complicated. “The challenge between tackling what is actually environmentally friendly versus consumer perception is something we come across a lot,” says Costantini. Glass can have a high carbon footprint. There are emissions during production and recycling and from the weight it adds to packaging, which increases transportation emissions. “Using plastic that can be recycled [can] in some instances be more environmentally friendly when you’re talking about an emissions perspective,” she notes.