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Devin D. Thorpe
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Why Glass By Minna Yoo

This is a guest post from Love Bottle founder Minna Yoo.

Every day we have to drink water for survival and good health. Each time we drink there is the choice of what to drink out of. What is best for our planet, and what is best for our bodies? What is the most sustainable choice we can make? The answer is glass.

Currently, about 50 billion single use plastic water bottles are consumed every year in the USA alone. Over 200 billion are used globally every year. However, only about 20% of this staggering number is recycled. That means the rest ends up in our landfills and our oceans. This plastic problem has created floating plastic islands in our oceans, called gyres. These gyres are releasing dangerous microplastics into our ecosystem and into our oceanic food chain.

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It is not only our oceans that are at risk, but our bodies as well. Plastic bottles can leach into the water that we drink and those chemicals affect our internal systems. This creates a problem. We want to drink more water for our health, but what should we do when the water contains things that are dangerous to our bodies?

The solution is glass. Glass is made from three natural ingredients: sand, limestone, and soda ash. It is stable and doesn’t leach anything into our water or our planet. In fact, glass is endlessly recyclable, so the glass you are using today can become the glass someone else will use in 100 years. Glass is also time tested as the safest and healthiest way to store food and beverages. It doesn’t impart any flavor, which is why we like to enjoy the best things in life out of glass. Imagine drinking your favorite wine out of plastic or stainless steel. Gasp, the horror, right? We reach for glass when we want the best drinking experience.

So why is it when we reach for water, anything will do? Water is the most important thing we put into our bodies. Our bodies are actually 60-70% water. If we have the opportunity to constantly replenish 60-70% of our physical make up, we should reach for the cleanest, healthiest, most delicious vessel possible. This is why I am such a fan of glass. It is the ultimate way to experience water.

When we enjoy our water drinking experience, we are likely to drink more, which is vital to our health. When I was working as a Nutritionist, I found that many people disliked drinking water and thought of it as a chore. Most of them were drinking out of a cloudy looking plastic container that made their water not very enjoyable. Transitioning them to glass water bottles always resulted in them drinking more water. When we personalized their bottles to make them more special to the drinker, we found that they drank even more and enjoyed it. All of this led me to start Love Bottle, a reusable glass water bottle company.

As a business owner and mother, I am always thinking about my footprint in this world and what I am doing to help leave a beautiful planet for my children. Choosing glass lets me know that I am providing them with the healthiest water drinking experience as well as a chance for a brighter tomorrow.

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