Battle of the Bottles
- 2 Bottles
- 1 Battle
- 1 Winner
It all started in the 1970's
Many beverage companies switched from glass to plastic bottles because they were lighter & cheaper
But the switch to plastic came with its own set of problems…
Plastic bottles are used in the U.S. every single second of every single day.
We actually send enough to landfills and oceans every year that, if laid end to end, they would stretch from the Earth to the Moon and back 10 times!
90%of ocean trash is made of plastic
100,000sea mammals are killed by plastic waste every year
Being one of the most popular beverages in the world, bottled water has played a huge role in creating all this waste and pollution. However, no one has dared to challenge the all-mighty plastic water bottle.
Our brave challenger tonight is Green Sheep, the bottled water newcomer that has been turning heads with its shiny all-aluminum bod and killer personality.
Lets get this battle started, shall we?
Abs of Aluminum
- Green Sheep
No, your eyes are not fooling you.
Aluminum is off to a strong start right out of the gates, getting sent to the recycling bin more than twice as often as plastic.
Aluminum is infinitely recyclable. That is, it can be recycled over and over again without losing quality or volume. Aluminum beverage containers are the most recycled and most recyclable in the world.
Plastic doesn’t really get recycled. It gets downcycled. This means that it’s broken down into lower-quality plastics that will end up in a landfill someday anyway. New plastic always needs to be produced.
HOLD IT RIGHT THERE! WHAT ABOUT OTHER MATERIALS?
Plant based plastics
Although producing bottles made with plant-based plastics requires less energy, it doesn’t change the fact that they are still made of plastic. This means that they come with all of plastic’s end-of-life issues.
The ones labeled as “biodegradable” require an industrial composter to actually biodegrade, and because current recycling processes do not separate them from other plastics, they eventually end up in oceans and landfills.
These guys are more complicated than they seem... Shelf-stable cartons are made of multiple thin layers of paper, plastic, and aluminum. Every single carton contains all these materials, so recyling them can be quite the challenge. In fact, only 40% of American households have access to curbside recycling for cartons, which means that most of these packages will never be recycled.
Although glass is also infinitely recyclable (Woot! Woot!), it doesn’t get recycled nearly as often as aluminum does (34% vs 67%).
Because it’s the heaviest beverage container, transporting it takes a lot of fuel and therefore creates the most carbon emissions.
- sweatin' bullets
- ice, ice baby
- sweatin' bullets
COLD HANDS, WARM HEART
As if the environmental benefits weren’t enough, Green Sheep chills faster too, so the water inside will be ice cold and refreshing when you’re ready for it (sorry, no coldness activation bars included).
- Infinitely Recyclable
- Recycling Rate
- 5% For Water Projects
- Made In The USA
- Freaking Cold
While we know that reusable bottles are the greenest option, sometimes your daily adventures take you away from the tap, and you end up quenching your thirst with a product that will pollute the environment for thousands of years.
But now you know the secret. No, not the one that will help you find a parking space whenever you want it. This one: aluminum can kick plastic where-the-sun-don’t-shine any day.
Sadly, most people aren’t as informed as you are. Maybe they don’t even know that there’s a better bottled water option out there. We’re counting on you to pass on the facts, oh Knowledgeable One! So give the buttons below a little clickeroo, and help us make plastic bottled water a thing of the past.