For the study, the team of researchers took into consideration, in addition to glass and plastic bottles, cans and milk cartons.
A study led by British scientists found that Glass bottles are more harmful to the environment, than those of plastic. Even considering the repercussions that plastic has on oceans and surface, they maintain the conclusion of their investigation.
They also maintain that cans and the paperboard they are the ideal materials and most respectful with the environment. The study was carried out by a team from the University of Southampton. Then they pointed out two arguments in particular, to show that these crystals are worse than plastic.
First, they state that the manufacturing process requires high amounts of energy. In addition to the damage caused by mining to extract resources. Scientists also state that part of the problem is the conscience of the user. Glass has the potential to be reused 12 to 20 times more. Something that is not being considered and every day more is thrown away.
The glass manufacturing process
Environmental scientific details Alice brock, from the University of Southampton each of the damages present in the creation of glass. « It takes a lot of energy to heat the raw materials for making glass. During the melting of the raw materials for glass, polluting gases can be released. Among them are sulfur dioxide and carbon dioxide, » he said.
It also adds the relationship of glass with mining. « Since glass requires materials to be mined for its production (silica sand, sodium carbonate and dolomite), this has all the environmental impacts associated with mining, » he said, as published by the Daily Mail.
The scientists in charge of this research do not want to save plastic with these conclusions. They understand and maintain the impact of the material. They are only showing another that it could be worse and that both should be reduced. In addition to highlighting the two worst such as cans and cardboard.