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Glass water bottle: is it a safer alternative to plastic variant?

Feb 04, 2021 12:52 IST

The plastic pollution crisis is more real now than ever, with mocroplastics reaching the farthest parts of the globe. Today, the plastic problem could easily be one of the greatest challenges facing our planet. 

According to a BBC report, approximately 12.7 million tonnes of plastic ends up in our oceans every year. This is then consumed by the endless marine species that inhabit the oceans and eventually by us. It enters our blood vessels causing damage to our health and well being. 

Experts have come up with a number of solutions to the plastic problem, from ocean clean-up drives to promoting recyclable plastic and improved measures of disposing off plastic.

When you think of a viable alternative to plastic products, glass automatically strikes your mind. From glass bottles to glass containers and more, it seems like the best bet to tackle the problem. 

But how safe is it to store drinking water in a plastic bottle? Experts believe not all glass is deemed safe for storing drinking water and food.

Certain glass bottles come with a shatter-resistant coating and in case of any breakage, the tiny glass pieces remain invisible to the human eye and could easily enter our system.

Some attractive colourful glass bottles could contain dangerous chemicals like lead, cadmium and chromium. But they often go unnoticed in the packaging.

Experts believe using pharmaceutical grade or Flint Glass Type – III is the most suitable for storing drinking water and food.

Overall, glass definitely does fare better than plastic in the long run. 

These eco-friendly bottles are recyclable and ensure greater stability of minerals. 

Unlike PET bottles, glass bottles do not leave any residue when washed and are a safer bet. 

They maintain the water temperature and there is zero absorption of the colours of the container being used.

So while considering the shift from plastic to glass bottles and containers, make sure you purchase the most suitable kind for consumption.