PLASTIC FANTASTIC GLASS OF CLASS
However many may argue on how glass takes up both weight and space and may not add up to being either environmentally efficient nor cost efficient for manufacturers.
But there are always greener and healthier alternatives out there. For instance, combusted plastic can be a clean and potent source – it has to take place in a controlled setting though, under the premises that the burning plastic doesn't generate as hazardous emissions and toxic releases as carbon based fuels such as oil or coal. There's also extensive research invested into the development of biodegradable plastics, which decomposes into material less dangerous to the environment.
It can be hard to compare the environmental impact and balance of either plastic or glass or its other alternatives. There are a lot of factors that play into the equation. Like where and how the materials are sourced and products, what is the recycling process, how is it shipped and how far is it shipped. Each choice has an impact on the environment. Although glass performs better in terms of manufacturing and recycling, its long shipping distances diminish the perceived gap between the lifecycle assessments of glass and plastic.
At the end of the day it's a very personal decision because without knowing the details of the material's origin and production, shipping and recycling processes it is a near desperate endeavour to make an ecologically correct choice.
Source: naturalcosmeticnews.com, economicdevelopment.org