Plastic vs Aluminum: an all out war

Allegedly, the production and use of aluminum are environmentally friendlier than extensive plastic produced worldwide. Major multinational companies producing bottled water enhance production and sales of aluminum bottles to reduce sea pollution globally.

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Although fewer aluminum bottles might be found in oceans, aluminum bottles production comes at its own cost. The amount of carbon dioxide pumped into the air is double the amount in comparison to the production of plastic bottles. 

Some well- known global companies such as Danone, Coca-Cola, and Nestle are successfully launching sales of aluminum water bottles. Overall, food and beverage industries attempt to implement eco-friendly product production. 

Sustainability manager at Heineken Rubin Griffioen notes that one should not blindly follow the new trends replacing plastic production with other materials that can be not as planet-friendly as it appears to be at first glance. 

Outwardly, plastic materials are more difficult to be recycled as well as have lower reuse rates. Thus, usage of aluminum in beverage industries augured to have a more sustainable outcome in regards to the utmost plastic pollution worldwide. 

Nonetheless, some controversies about plastic alternatives should be considered as aluminum production can lead to higher numbers of carbon dioxide emissions than plastic production.

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Student at UCL, London and columnist at Impakter. Interested in educational technologies, global economies and raising global awareness about sustainability and consumerism

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