If your business uses bottles for packaging, choosing between plastic bottles and aluminium cans can be tricky. The debate around these products can be complicated and it can be difficult to make a decision that’s responsible, sustainable and right for your business.
The truth is that both options have their advantages and disadvantages, and you’ll have to make a decision that aligns with your values and business goals. To help you make the best decision possible, let’s have a look at the pros and cons of each option.
Lightweight and easy to transport
One of the main benefits of plastic bottles is that they are lightweight and affordable to transport. They pack tightly and a large volume can be transported at a low cost and with low fuel consumption, reducing carbon emissions and shipping costs.
Plastic bottles can easily be recycled, often into other plastic goods or drink containers again. However, the unfortunate reality is that the majority of recyclable plastic bottles end up in landfills as many consumers do not dispose of them properly. However, this is unfortunately out of your hands as a business owner and all you can do is make sure that the option is available to your customers.
Made with crude oil and natural gas
Plastic is produced with crude oil and natural gas, which is found beneath layers of bedrock. Drilling is required to access them, which can be harmful to the environment and drain our natural resources.
Can be recycled repeatedly
One of the biggest strengths of aluminium bottles can be recycled endlessly without loss of quality. This means that they can avoid landfills altogether if handled responsibly, making them a highly sustainable option. Like plastic bottles, however, they often end up in landfills despite being recyclable. However, this is the case with all disposable goods and is unavoidable no matter what packaging you use.
Easy to transport
Like their plastic counterpart, aluminium bottles are lightweight and can be transported with ease. A large quantity of them can be transported at once and their relative strength and durability mean that they don’t damage easily and don’t require as much protective cardboard or boxes.
Made from bauxite
Newly-made aluminium bottles are made from bauxite, which is commonly sourced from mines in Australia and Guinea. This can cause soil erosion and water contamination, but luckily aluminium can be recycled without limits so their production is not entirely reliant on mining.
Picking between plastic and aluminium bottles is a tough choice, with both options presenting strengths and weaknesses in terms of their sustainability and environmental impact.
However, it is important to remember that both products are recyclable and can be kept out of landfills as long as they’re disposed of responsibly. You can use labelling to encourage your customers to recycle and make sure that your business is doing its part to stay green and reduce its carbon footprint.