I’m attracted to reusable glass bottles and growlers. What’s not to like?
Glass is a wonderful packaging option because it’s inert (no chemical leaching) and infinitely reusable over its lifetime. It can be recycled in a closed loop if it breaks.
On a typical grocery run I have an empty glass milk bottle to return for the $2 deposit, and perhaps my own beer growler, draft root beer bottle, and/or kombucha bottle, too, all to refill.
Local craft breweries and many bars and markets are quite happy to fill (and refill) your growler with what’s on tap. We’ve filled our beer growler with a wide variety of brews, not only at Starr Hill, but at Whole Foods Market, and in local restaurants like Mellow Mushroom. In Oregon and Washington, you can even refill reusable wine growlers.
And evidence is mounting that this lifestyle tweak makes perfect sense to a lot of people: 7-Eleven– the world’s largest convenience store chain– has opened a concept store in Manhattan’s financial district where you can buy your own reusable glass growler for “locally hand-crafted microbrew soda” by New Hope Premium Fountain.
Isn’t it interesting that local dairies, breweries and other small scale beverage makers exhibit an eco-aware appreciation for refillable/reusable bottles that the multi-national beverage giants abandoned decades ago?
If reducing your environmental impact and living more sustainably are your goals, the beautiful, reusable glass bottle can get you there. So bring that glass bottle and reuse it well; end your personal contribution to the glut of plastic beverage containers landfilled, incinerated, littered into the oceans, or downcycled into more plastic junk.
You may bear a slight burden in and out the market door, but you’ll bear it with a lighter heart!