Avoid Glass

Glass is often considered to be an “environmentally friendly” material because it is produced from an abundant resource, is non-toxic and easy to recycle. However, in many applications it is often disposed of in consumer waste and causes damage to recycling facilities due to its hardness. It is also very heavy and so inefficient to transport. Glass can be highly effective in some applications such as UK milk delivery, but must be considered carefully.

environmental sustainability Pros: Avoid damage to recycling facilities. Reduced transportation energy
Cons: Substitutes may be even less desirable
financial sustainability Pros: Reduced transport costs
social sustainability Pros: Reduced risk of injury to waste disposal workers