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Why Aluminum Cans?

Why Aluminum Cans?

Recently, the 2010 aluminum can recycling rate was announced. Americans recycled approximately 56 billion aluminum cans last year, increasing the recycling rate to 58 percent – saving the energy equivalent of 17 million barrels of crude oil, or nearly two days of all U.S. oil imports. Consumers recognize the value of infinitely recyclable aluminum cans – recycling it is one of the easiest ways consumers can help reduce their environmental footprint. Consider:

  • Cans have the highest recycling rate of any beverage container in the U.S., far higher than glass and plastic.

  • The average aluminum can is made from 68 percent total recycled content, the highest of any beverage container.

  • Cans provide long shelf life by protecting products inside from light, oxygen and other factors which can affect taste and even product safety.

  • Cans don’t shatter and are among the lightest beverage packages to transport, reducing their environmental footprint.

  • Cans go from the recycling bin to store shelves within 60 days.

  • Making cans from recycled metal takes 95 percent less energy and 95 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than using new metal.

  • The aluminum can is the only package that more than covers its recycling costs, helping to finance the collection and recycling of other materials such as glass and plastic.

Recent life cycle analyses of the aluminum beverage can in the U.S. and in Europe confirm the can is more sustainable than ever, a consumer-friendly packaging material for beverages. As the largest beverage can maker in the world, Ball Corporation continues to work with our partners throughout the supply chain to drive the recycling rate higher, ensuring the aluminum can remains the sustainable package of choice.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Gerri Walsh at (303) 460-2443


Bottled Water Consumption

Bottled Water Consumption

Do you know how much bottled water Americans consume annually? Do you know how much money is wasted on bottled water? Do you know how many plastic water bottles get thrown in the trash everyday?

The sheer numbers are staggering:

• Roughly 38 billion plastic water bottles end up in U.S. landfills each year -- 100 million every day! That’s enough, laid end to end, to reach China and back each day.
• In 2006, Americans drank an average 167 bottles of water each for a total of 50 billion bottles (total spent $15 billion). Of that total, only 23% was recycled.
• We are shipping 1 billion water bottles a week around the U.S. in ships, trains, and trucks.
• We are paying 2 to 4 times the cost of gasoline for a product that is virtually free.

The problem with plastics:

• It takes over 700 years for plastic to decompose.
• Plastic pollution is a world-wide problem. There is a growing "garbage patch" of plastic estimated to be more than twice the size of Texas floating in the North Pacific Ocean.
• Ecosystems and wildlife are negatively impacted by plastic debris.
• Disposable plastic water bottles are made out of oil which is a finite natural resource. Plastic bottles require energy to make and transport. Currently, the amount of oil we use to produce water bottles each year (17 million barrels) could fuel over 1,000,000 cars for an entire year.



The environmental impact of one disposable bottle:

• Picture a disposable water bottle ¼ full of petroleum. That is how much petroleum it takes to make and distribute a single plastic bottle of water.
• It takes THREE bottles of water to make and distribute ONE disposable plastic bottle of water.
• 120 grams of greenhouse gases are generated by a single disposable plastic bottle of water.

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