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Have you ever thought about making the switch from plastic water bottles to reusable glass bottles?
Plastic packaging creates so much pollution! It has a negative impact on our environment. It’s also worse for your health than glass pachaging.
I have been working on having a more eco-friendly lifestlye for a while now. Plastic waste has a huge environmental impact, and I have been trying to do my part to cut back on it.
My husband and I have been working hard to cut out plastic and switch to a more eco-friendly, sustainable, and non-toxic lifestyle. During this lifestyle change, we struggled with cutting out plastic bottles!
I have several reusable bottles that I love to use throughout the day, but sometimes it is just easier to grab a cold water bottle from the fridge if you’re in a hurry.
Also, with the type of job my husband has makes it hard for him to carry a big reusable bottle with him everywhere. He needs his water bottles to fit into his lunchbox… therefore we have continued to buy plastic bottles because they fit perfectly.
I wanted so badly to stop buying plastic bottles! Glass jars and glass containers are my favorite!
One day, while my husband was drinking kombucha (he loves it), I had the bright idea that we needed to start saving the bottles!
The glass kombucha bottles (shown below) are the perfect size to fit into my husband’s lunchbox. We have about 12 bottles right now that we keep filled up and in the refrigerator, ready to grab! I hope to keep adding to them so we can have plenty.
Breaking free from single-use plastic completely is my goal, and this has been one step towards it. Keep reading for information on why glass is a great option and how you can make some of your own reusable glass water bottles!
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Benefits of Glass
Glass may take longer to produce and use more raw materials, but at the end of its life, it is 100% recyclable. During the recycling process, glass maintains its quality and durability to be reused.
Glass is also non-toxic and free from harmful chemicals. When compared to plastic, the health risks associated with it are much less.
Glass is better for storing homemade cleaners, tonics, and other health and beauty products. Dark glass helps to protect essential oils and other ingredients that are put into homemade cleaning and beauty products.
Have you ever wondered why water tastes better in a glass bottle than it does in a plastic bottle?
One of the main reasons that water tastes better in glass bottles is because glass doesn’t leech toxic chemicals into the water. Plastic bottles have BPA chemicals that can contaminate the water if the bottles sit long enough.
It makes the quality of the water go down when this happens. Glass packaging is the best option for your water and any other beverages you like!
Glass water bottles are the perfect solution to using plastic bottles. Not only will it save you money to get rid of single use products, but it will also help to save the environment and your health.
The amount of plastic bottles that get thrown away and cause polution every year is insance. Glass products can help to cut down on this tremendously.
What Kind of Glass Bottles Should I Use?
You can always buy an assortment of new glass bottles ready to be refilled and used over and over. Or you can buy your favorite juice, soft drink, or kombucha that comes in a glass bottle to drink, clean, and reuse!
Once you have the empty bottles, you can follow the steps below to clean them and use them as many times as you want!
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Steps to Make Your Own Reusable Glass Bottles
Pick out your favorite drink that comes in a glass bottle. Many beverage companies, like Coca Cola, are making drinks in glass bottles these days.
Whatever size you want! We always choose the Kombucha bottles because my husband likes it, and the bottles are about the same size as plastic water bottles (16 oz). They fit perfectly in our refrigerator and in my husband’s lunch box!
Grab soap, fingernail polish remover, and alcohol. You will also need something abrasive (but not overly abrasive) to clean the bottles with.
I love this bamboo scrubbing brush! It cleans the sticky glue off of the bottles so well. It also means I don’t have to scrub as hard because it does most of the work for me!
You can grab one of these here! They are completely compostable at the end of their life.
Peel the label off of the bottle. Once you peel the label, the sticky glue will bevery easy to see!
This is when the products from step two will come in handy.
Start with the alcohol and scrub the bottle. Once a good bit of the sticky comes off, switch to the fingernail polish remover to get the rest of it off.
Scrub as much as you can to get the sticky glue off, then clean the bottle with warm soap and water.
I always run the bottles through the dishwasher to proper sanitize them and get as much of the sticky glue off of them as I can, in case any of it was missed in step 3.
Once the bottles have been cleaned, they will be like new bottles to you!
Fill the glass bottles with filtered water and store them in the refrigerator. Grab a bottle, drink it, refill, and palce back in the refrigerator.
I like to wash my bottles again after a couple of uses. The cycle repeats itself for a long time!
By doing this, you are helping to cut down on plastic pollution and keeping toxic substances from entering your body.
What are your favorite tyoes of refillable containers for water or other drinks? I love trying out new reusable containers and would love new recommendations!
Until next time,