Aluminum vs glass? What is better for the environment?
Intuitively, this question can be answered easily: Glass of course - aluminum is connected to industry. But in recycling, the facts now speak a different language. The winner point sustainability may be unexpected. According to the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), the environmental impact of beverage containers made of aluminum are two and a half times lower than those of glass. But how can that be explained?
To exclude any misunderstandings: We want to refer to the recycling of existing raw materials here. In the novel creation of glass or aluminum, this question is less: while aluminum may be one of the most commonly occurring elements of our planet on the periodic table, the extraction of the metal is one of the worst environmental sins of humanity. The procedures and associated technologies must be refined for a sustainable handling of nature. But even glass faces in the production of problems that are aware of most less. She is part of a whole rat tail of dubious shops of the sand industry, which operates its very own form of exploitation; This is how this is involved in the global decline in sandy beaches and the serious interference with the ecosystems of coastal areas, which accommodate a significant proportion of marine biodiversity. Due to structural differences between sea sand and the uneasant desert sand, unfortunately only the former for industrial purposes is suitable; One speaks of sand with high quartz content or English "Silica Sand"; For a deeper insight we recommend the documentation "Sand Wars"From 2013, which sadly lost nothing about timeliness.
We do not want to appear here as a Schwarzer and yet this information must be taken with a grain salt - they make the aspect of the recycling all the more central. We should learn to get along with the existing resources and as a confessing optimists we say: we are on the right way there. In the meantime, more than 90% of the aluminum doses are recycled. With modern procedures, the materials can be recycled virtually infinitely. Melted and freed from contaminants, the aluminum occurs its next life cycle. Thin-walled cans ensure savings in the cost of materials. However, that the environmental impostes of doses is lower, has long not yet been clarified. There are abstract numbers when you look at them and they sit together from several factors. For details one turns best to the Federal Office for the Environment. We just want some lists for a better understanding of how these values can arise:
- Space and weight savings in storage and transport, especially for longer transport routes, have a tremendous effect on energy expenditure.
- With a high proportion of recycled materials, the energy consumption for recycling aluminum decreases significantly.
- Methods in the aluminum industry are constantly improved thanks to applications in other high-tech industries - carbon footprint of the metal has been reduced by a multiple in two decades.
Apart from ecological advances, a lot has been done in the processing; While there may be a metalser's taste in the 80s, modern doses are so tasteless like glass. In addition, doses are considerably less translucent, thus protecting the content, usually longer airtight remain as glass bottles and can be cooled much faster. They mountain various advantages in transport and storage and are perfect for the next daydance or other party - best laid on ice.
The call of aluminum doses as a metal-developed environmental sins belongs a bit of the past. That's why we chose Sparkkly us for doses, not only because they come to stylishers, but also because we see a raw material with a future in aluminum. Learn now, how taste-neutral are our cans, and evidence how environmentally conscious you can recycle. Experience the unadulterated (original) time spirit.