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Is glass the healthiest choice?

Hey guys,

This week is Choose Glass Week and Consol has sent in something on the health benefits of using glass (see text below the bottles). What do you think about this? My sister says that leaving a plastic bottle in the sun and then drinking from it is not advisable as some of the chemicals leach into the water. A colleague also swears by glass and as a result we no longer have bottles of water in our workshops. Is glass the healthiest choice? What are your thoughts? And what about recycling? Consol claims that glass packaging has one of the lowest carbon footprints (cradle to cradle) when compared to other packaging formats. mol-d

From Consol: When it comes to choosing a packaging material, the most important consideration should, in fact, be health. Because if you think about it, most of what you consume is in some form of packaging. So, when it comes to glass, because it is inert, you can rest assured that whatever is packaged will remain as pure and uncontaminated as it was intended to be. Take a jar of marmalade, or even a simple thing like a bottle of water. If packaged in glass, the taste, look and smell will remain as their producers intended them to. Have you ever considered how healthy the packaging is that you buy? Well, next time, consider this:

  • Glass is made from three natural substances – sand, limestone and soda ash. These make it completely inert (not chemically reactive); glass won’t leach any synthetic chemicals into its contents.
  • Unlike various other packaging materials, glass does not contain Biphesnol-A, a chemical that has been banned in a number of countries around the world.
  • Glass is odourless.
  • Glass is the only packaging material that doesn’t require extra layers to protect its contents.
  • Glass is the only packaging material “Generally Recognized as Safe” (GRAS) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

4 replies on “Is glass the healthiest choice?”

We need less disposable glass packaging and more returnables. The drawback to glass is its hazardous nature when broken. As a barefooter I am always aware of broken bottles in urban areas and even in wild areas. If bottles had a value they would not be thrown away so much. The problem is that glass is cheap to make. It’s basically made of sand. It is therefore not economically viable to recycle. Reusing bottles would make inroads into new bottle manufacture.
We need to be like Germany where it is compulsory to recycle or reuse.

I usually decant everything that I buy from plastic bottles into glass bottles. I can’t stand the feel of tomato sauce and oil plastic bottles, somehow they always feel sticky after a while. I have some nice crystal bottles which we use for the table and they look much prettier.
I live in Gauteng and am new to your blog. Do you only feature Natal plants?

Hi June,
Thanks for stopping by and for your comment. We feature plants from all over the country and focus on indigenous ones, growing our own food and issues relating to nature and environment. We welcome contributions so if you would like to in some pics of your garden, plants for identification etc, please do so..

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