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Are Aluminium Cans Environmentally Superior?

We're all becoming increasingly aware of the waste our society creates and are doing our part to reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible.

 

So, when we heard about the environmental benefits of using aluminium cans - we knew we had to share it with you!

 

Our friends at Wallaby Water made us aware of some very sobering stats about plastic water bottles:

  • 1 million PET plastic bottles are used every minute…
  • In Australia, less than half will make it to a recycling facility and only 12% will have a chance to be used in a new bottle
  • On average, 70,000 tonnes of PET plastic bottles go directly to landfill every year and leak into our oceans, wreaking havoc on land and sea-life. 
  • Plastic degrades during the recycling process giving it a limited lifespan!

 

The solution?

Aluminium cans are infinitely recyclable. In Australia, an aluminium can has a 82% chance of becoming a new can and is the world's most recycled beverage container!

Better yet, cans chill faster and stay cooler for longer - we like the sound of that!

 

What about glass?

Glass bottles take the most energy to recycle! They need to be heated at high temperature and require a lot of energy to be broken down (up to 10 times more than an aluminium can!).

Another factor is transportation. A glass bottle weighs a lot more than a can requiring more fossil fuels to transport them from factory to consumer.

 

What about the energy required in the initial container creation?

Glass bottles require significantly less energy than cans to create in the first place. However, we need to factor in the benefit of less weight to be transported plus the infinite recyclability of aluminium.

An aluminium can is able to be recycled and back on the shelf in as little as 30 days!

 

So no matter what vessel you drink from - recycle that bad boy!

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