What type of recyclable drink container is most environmentally friendly? Corn-based plastic, aluminum, or glass?



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    All three are not technically “biodegradable.”  To be considered actually biodegradable, a product must be able to “decompose into carbon dioxide, methane, water, inorganic compounds, or biomass via microbial assimilation (the enzymatic action of microorganism),” (Platt). The best you can do is find a product that is “designed to be reused, recycled, or composted (among other criteria)” (Platt). The corn-based product might be semi-biodegradable, but it does contain plastic contents as well.

    Glass is probably the most re-usable product because glass can be transformed in physical state and resued.

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      Do you think a case could be made for aluminum? I understand that the initial creation is very destructive to the environment, however, the recycling and reuse process of aluminum only takes about 5% of the energy required to make the original product. In a perfect world, if every can were recycled do you think this could be the best option?

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