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Plus, making a can from an old can instead of the raw material uses five percent of the energy and generates five percent of the emissions.
(Although, when new material is needed, it's bauxite that is mined overseas, with most of it coming from Australia.) All three beverage manufacturers touted their products' recycling rates, as if it had to do with the product instead of user attitude.
Prior to that, it had been a soda fountain item as well as a syrup being sold in bottles as a patent medicine.
The earliest Biedenharn Coca Cola bottles used a Hutchinson patent bottle.
All the containers keep out air, but aluminum also keeps out light, which can degrade the product, leading to waste.
Like bottles, cans are endlessly recyclable, can into can into can.
Just by drinking in 2012 instead of 1982, you're already to the good. In the absence of an endlessly patient academic willing to spend untold hours on an independent life-cycle analysis, I issued a challenge to the three industries. "Tell me why your containers are more sustainable than the others." Ladies first, so we'll start with Lynn Bragg, president of the Glass Packaging Institute.
Not to throw my hands up, but I really don't want to be a container cop here. Every industry has reams of data showing how much smaller its footprint is with greater recycling.
Clearly, there's no one best choice for every person or every situation.
If waste of the contents is a concern, most plastic bottles have caps that can be screwed back on.
Now for aluminum, and a few words from Steve Gardner, spokesman for the Aluminum Association.