For the second part of the sustainable material series we are covering a more common household material - glass. I frequently get asked what a more sustainablealternative to plastic is for things like containers and reusable water bottles. One of the best options is switching to glass. Here are some of the benefits of glass:
It’s better for your health
Glass is made from natural ingredients (sand, soda ash and limestone) and is non-toxic. It does not contain harmful chemicals that may leach into food and drink.
Food and drinks taste better
Glass is non-porous which means it doesn’t affect the taste of food and drink and keeps its contents fresher for longer
It’s endlessly, 100% recyclable
Glass bottles and jars can be recycled indefinitely, without a loss of quality.
Recycling saves energy and reduces CO2
We can reduce harmful emissions and save on raw materials by using recycled glass to make new bottles and jars.
This post is sponsored by British Glass and their initiative Friends of Glass. Friends of Glass is a community that helps supporting and advocating the use of glass to benefit health, taste and sustainability. For more information on what they do, their partners and tips on how to use and recycle glass to be more sustainable check out their website friendofglass.com
As everything else in this day and age, missinformation and missrepresentation flies around a lot in sustainability and even more so in sustainable production. I’m starting a mini series looking at different materials and how they are a sustainable alternative to existing ones.In this post we are looking at one of the upcoming new alternatives for leather - Pinatex aka Pineapple leather.
Vegan - Pinapple leather is a vegan alternative to animal derived leather, and the composition of the “leather” is made of waste pinapple leaves. The process also avoids the use of toxic chemicals.
Ethical - This is an ethical classed product as it helps farmers in the Philippines create more income streams with something that would otherwise be waste.
No waste - the process of making the leather involves extraction of the fibre from the leaves, but any leftover biomass is used as either natural fertiliser or biofuel so that nothing gets wasted.
Check out more on the brand, samples and what brands they work with on their website