PET Plastic VS Glass

PET Plastic VS Glass

We all take into consideration the Earth and our environment when making shopping decisions. It’s crucial for all businesses, big and small, to consider all factors for each decision made involving manufacturing, packing, and shipping. There isn’t a miracle solution yet, but we’re trying to utilize the best option out there.

There have been debates between all kinds of options regarding what materials manufacturers should use—a common one being between PET plastic packaging versus glass. Plastic is now an undesirable word in the industry as conscious companies try to use any other alternative. The best option would be, of course, zero packaging; however, selling highly bio-available high-frequency liquid supplements doesn’t give us that option.

We’ve been advocates for glass for some time. However, after much time spent on researching what would be best for our products and customers, we’re making the switch to PET plastics. Please, let us explain more.

While using glass might look fancy, the drawbacks of this material are more than its advantages. PET plastics reduce our carbon footprint because, compared to other materials, they offer an outstanding eco profile. They are BPA free, and fully recyclable. Their production requires less energy, and they create fewer greenhouse gas emissions. They produce less solid waste when compared to other packaging materials like glass or even aluminum cans.

Both glass and PET plastics are recyclable, but glass can only be turned into more glass forms. One of the biggest reasons why many manufacturers prefer PET is that it is 100% recyclable and highly sustainable. It can be recovered and recycled again and again into containers, carpets, clothing fibers, automotive parts, construction materials, industrial strapping, or other packaging materials.

In the long run, glass containers can be unsafe to store food due to the growth of biofilms. Biofilms are a collective of one or more types of microorganisms that can grow on many different surfaces. Microorganisms that form biofilms include bacteria, fungi, and protists, which can globally threaten public health.

A truckload can hold twice the amount of PET plastics, as they are lighter, using up every single free space available without overloading the vehicle.

Researchers have proven that PET is one of the safest forms of packaging available for cosmetics. Bisphenol A, dioxins, plasticizers, endocrine disruptors, or any other heavy metals are not included in the list of ingredients used during the manufacturing process of PET plastics. As a result of this, it protects the content stored inside together with the customer.

 

More benefits of using PET plastics:
•PET packaging provides high levels of commercial sustainability
•PET has high clarity; just like glass. The transparency allows the customers to view the product quickly
•They are lighter than glass therefore, it is more sustainable to ship
•They are durable and flexible, thus, less likely to break
•PET bottles reduce wastage because they can be resealed.
•PET plastic creates a more effective oxygen barrier than glass and is easier to reseal. Products packaged in PET are likely to last longer than those in glass. 

Disadvantages of Using Glass:
•They require more energy to produce
•They tend to be very fragile
•Glass has less recycling options
•Glass can be dangerous, especially when broken 

Resources:

https://weltradepackaging.com.au/technical/pet-plastic-vs-glass/

https://www.plascene.com/why-switch-to-pet-plastic-from-glass

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/spotlight/understanding-pet-bottles-how-it-is-better-than-glass-metal-or-aluminium-containers/articleshow/72975428.cms

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