Soda was invented long before plastic and aluminum cans. In order to store and ship soda, glass bottles were used, then used again and again!
Used Before Cans And Plastic
Glass soda bottles were once the go-to packaging solution for drinks before cans and plastic containers became commonplace. Lightweight and easy to handle, they didn’t chip or crack easily and they didn’t contain that odd metallic or plastic taste that often comes with cans or plastic bottles. Moreover, they were easy to clean as well.
Bottle production experienced an explosion of growth in the late 1880s due to rising popularity of soda pop (now commonly referred to as “pop”). By 1900 there were over 2750 bottling plants for soda pop alone. Most companies sold their products using glass bottles. Coca-Cola trademarked their bottle design as part of its brand image.
As companies relied heavily on glass bottles in the past, most encouraged reuse by charging a deposit. When the empty bottle was returned to the grocer, the deposit was refunded. The soda plant would clean and sterilize the bottles before reuse. This helped save both time and money for companies. This also reduced the number of littered and broken bottles in common areas.
There are various varieties of glass bottles, from clear to tinted. Their colors depend on the raw materials used and manufacturing processes. For instance, sand-based glasses tend to be clear with faint hues of amethystine, pink or amber tints due to calcium oxide addition which acts as a stabilizer, while other additives such as alumina may act as decolorizing agents.
As green living becomes more mainstream, people are rediscovering the advantages of glass bottles. Not only are they environmentally-friendly but they are less costly and more durable than cans; plus they are easily recyclable and more resistant to breakage than plastic ones.
If you want a plastic-free water bottle that is safe and hygienic, glass may be your ideal material choice. Nonporous glass does not release chemicals into your drink while its thermal resistance makes it suitable for cold or hot beverages alike. Furthermore, some double-walled vacuum-insulated models help keep beverages cold for extended periods.
Glass’ recyclability stands out among its plastic counterparts as an added advantage. The same bottle can be recycled again and again, keeping it out of landfills and water sources, while using less energy to produce. These factors help lessen its environmental footprint.
Many plastic water bottles contain BPA, an unsafe chemical linked to health problems. If you want to steer clear, choose a glass water bottle made of medical-grade borosilicate glass instead. This material, commonly found in Pyrex dishes and vessels, won’t grow bacteria, crack easily under extreme temperatures, or break when dropped on hard surfaces.
Glass water bottles come in all colors and sizes. Some feature large openings for adding ice or fruit directly into your water, while others feature screw lids suitable for sports activities or outdoor excursions. It’s essential that you select one with leak-proof design.
When shopping for a glass water bottle, look out for those marked “Made in the USA.” This indicates that its production was carried out within American borders without using plastics or chemicals as components of its manufacturing. Furthermore, third-party audits and visits to manufacturing partners are an indicator that the company cares for both its products and workers.
Plastic pollution affects every corner of our environment. While plastic water bottles can be recycled in certain instances, most still end up in landfills or water sources, making glass an inert material without chemicals or odors to retain.
Bottles come in all forms and sizes, from different shapes to designs and materials. Glass bottles are popular choices as they do not contain chemicals that leach into your drinking water and they’re easy to clean, ideal for eco-conscious consumers looking for eco-friendly options.
Glass bottles, in contrast with plastic ones filled with harmful substances like BPA or other dangerous substances like PVC, are completely inert, meaning that no chemicals from previous contents leech into your beverage and cause contamination of flavor or smell.
Glass bottles provide superior insulation properties than plastic, keeping your beverages hot or cold longer without altering their temperature. This makes glass the ideal material to carry drinks on-the-go and maintain fresher flavor longer.
Glass Milk Bottles
The history of milk delivery by glass bottle dates back to the late 1700s as people transitioned away from rural living and adopted more urban lifestyles. Prior to 1878 when the first glass bottle was patented for use, delivery services used jugs or pails instead. Glass allowed for greater efficiency because these new bottles could easily be carry around by milkmen to serve households. Additionally, they made keeping track of how much milk was being requested easier for each family.