‘Tapau Please’ by SethLui.com: Epi #038 — Is glass really a superior material for food containers?

Now that we’re all in Phase 2 (Heightened Alert), bringing home food is the new (temporary) norm, and I’m sure there are plenty of us who feel a stab of guilt when we see piles and piles of plastic containers accumulate in the trash. Of course, one way to circumvent that problem is to bring your own glass container or recyclable plastic container if you’re heading out to your favourite hawker spot, but when looking at the bigger picture, which material bodes the best chance of sustainability for our planet?

Top half of plastic and glass bottle

In this episode of ‘Tapau Please’, we break down the hurdles that come with recycling both plastic and glass—each with its own struggles. For one, we know that plastic cannot be incinerated due to it emitting toxic fumes, and even if recycled, it has to be thoroughly cleaned and dried. But did you also know that coloured plastic, meaning colour pigments have been used, also pose another challenge?

So, apparently not all plastic can be recycled—and the same goes for glass. While the material might prove to be hardier, the production of glass takes up a lot of fuel and energy and the sand used to make glass isn’t simply scooped up from the beach. If you’re looking to invest in food containers to tapau your next meal, this episode might just help you decide material works best. For this episode and plenty more, subscribe to our podcast on these platforms: PodbeanSpotifyGoogle Podcasts, and Apple Podcasts.

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