Don’t Stress Over the COVID Can Shortage. Buy Glass Bottles Instead

It’s not even Labor Day yet but most of us are ready to fast-forward to the end of 2020 and flip the calendar. Every month, headlines seem more preposterous: a “biblical scope” plague of locusts! Reports of the bubonic plague! And now, 2020 has come for cans. Yes, there’s an aluminum can shortage, a direct impact of people spending more time at home during the pandemic. But of all the shortages we’ve seen this year, from toilet paper to cleaning wipes to poultry, this time you have a natural alternative: buy glass bottles instead.

Glass bottles have a lot going for them. For one, glass is made of four ingredients: silica sand, limestone, soda ash and recycled glass. Its natural composition makes it tough and virtually inert, which means the bottle doesn’t interact with the food and drinks inside. That’s one reason your food, from olive oil to soda to craft beer, tastes better when it comes from a glass bottle.

If you’re worried about the environment, glass is the clear packaging choice. Glass bottles and jars can be recycled again and again and molded into new glass containers without losing quality. And the turnaround time is quick: a recycled glass container can go from a curbside bin back to the store shelf as a new one in 30 days.

If you’re worried about what’s in the foods you buy, the packaging that holds your food also matters. Glass wins there, too. It’s the only food packaging material the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) deems “Generally Recognized as Safe.” With glass, what you see is what you get. No chemicals to leach into your food and no plastic liners.

Glass bottles are also great for beer. Light can be harsh on beer, but did you realize amber glass blocks nearly all visible light? A glass bottle’s virtually inert nature means it doesn’t interact with the beer. When you drink beer from a glass bottle you’ll enjoy that funky saison, resinous IPA or bourbon-barrel aged stout exactly the way the brewer intended.

While you don’t have the power to fast-forward to 2021, you can make the best of the time you spend at home. You don’t have to miss beer or soda because of an aluminum can shortage. Reach for glass bottles instead and see why everything tastes best in glass.

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