Glass containers are becoming a problem in Canada, with a growing number of consumers choosing to use glass bottles instead of the plastic ones they used to.
Glass bottles, as the name suggests, are used for glass, and in Canada they’re not as common as in the United States or the United Kingdom.
While glass bottles are not the most environmentally friendly product, they are far less costly and less toxic to the environment.
While there’s a lot of misinformation out there about how glass bottles work, a new study from the University of Toronto and the University at Buffalo, published in the Canadian Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, shows that there are some major advantages to using glass bottles, and they could make them a much more viable option for your next glass collection.
The study looked at the effects of a variety of different glass bottles on different environmental impacts, including the amount of carbon dioxide emitted from glass containers compared to non-glass containers.
“Our findings indicate that glass bottles do not necessarily produce the greatest amount of greenhouse gas emissions compared to other materials,” said study lead author, Elizabeth D. Fonseca, a post-doctoral researcher in the School of Biological Sciences at the University.
“However, the results show that glass containers do contribute significantly to the greenhouse gas footprint of the environment compared to materials other than glass.”
Researchers tested glass containers for the carbon dioxide they emitted from the glass bottles they were exposed to.
They also looked at how the glass was treated with other materials, including metals, plastic and glass.
The results showed that while glass bottles emitted the highest amount of CO2, it was also the most toxic to humans and the environment overall.
Glass bottles also produced significantly more CO2 than non-fossil glass, with glass bottles emitting 1.65 million metric tons more CO3 than the equivalent amount of non-glazing plastic bottles.
The researchers say that the results indicate that there could be significant benefits to using plastic or glass containers when making glass containers.
“We found that plastic bottles did not produce as much carbon dioxide as glass bottles and plastic containers,” Fon seca said.
“So it may be possible to use non-conventional glass or glass as the base material for glass bottles to reduce the amount and the cost of plastic packaging.”