ALUMINIUM versus PLASTIC
Recyclable, but not that recycled
The fact that a plastic bottle is recyclable does not mean that it is actually recycled. Figures say that every minute people on Earth consume up to 1 million plastic bottles, but 90% of them are not recycled at all.
On the contrary, since aluminium has a much greater monetary value and can be recycled practically indefinitely without losing its quality, its recycling rate is up to 70%. And thus, it becomes one of the most recycled materials ever.
Every water is different
While with a can you can be sure that you are drinking a real fresh water, with plastic you cannot be so sure. As much as 93% of water packaged in plastic bottles contains microplastics.
Do you really want to wait for chilled water for 2 hours?
If thirst strikes, how long are you willing to wait for your chilled water? Would you wait 20 minutes or rather 2 hours? Water in a can cools much faster than water in a plastic bottle and at the same time stays cold longer.
ALUMINIUM vs “PAPER“
Tetra pack ≠ Paper
When sorting waste, you must have at least once wondered why we don't throw “paper“ boxes into the blue paper containers, but into the yellow or orange plastic and beverage carton containers. The answer is simple – because the boxes aren't actually paper. It is a mixture of plastic, paper, wax and aluminium, whereas aluminium cans are 100% aluminium.
Challenging recycling with a minimal effect
Let's follow up on the previous answer - since beverage cartons are made of different materials, multiple layers need to be delaminated during their recycling, which is really inefficient. This is one of the reasons why only approximately 16% of tetra packs are recycled. And ultimately, in the production of new beverage cartons, only about 5% of recycled material is used, the rest of the materials are completely new.
A round can or a square box?
If you are going outside your home, what do you prefer to take with you? A round can that fits perfectly in the bottle compartment of your backpack or a square box? Well, answer for yourself.
ALUMINIUM versus GLASS
1 can = 10 glass bottles
We'll stay with practicality for a little while longer. Instead of one glass bottle, you could easily take around 10 cans with you - glass is so much heavier than aluminium. And this is important not only from a practical point of view for you, but also from an environmental point of view, since it takes much more fuel to transport glass bottles than to transport cans.
Security above all
The can can easily travel with you anywhere without breaking. Would you really rather take a risk and take a glass bottle with you to the swimming pool, the beach or on a hike?