When it comes to the carbon footprint of food packaging, single-used glass has the biggest footprint. Carton, PET, HDPE, aluminium and even steel have a smaller footprint than glass. (Gujba et. al 2011) However, in Germany many chocolate spreads and mustard sauce come in glasses, which can be used as drinking glasses.
Some are already printed with cartoons for kids and most likely every child in Germany uses or used these glasses. Some glasses are plain and I keep them as drinking glasses. For today’s eco-conscious crafting blog hop I stamped on them and sealed them with a finish, so that they are dishwasher-safe.
For stamping I used a large stamp block, mounted the stamps, inked them with StazOn Pigment ink and rolled the glass over it. The access ink on the stamp can be easily stamped on a sheet of paper. Thus, no or less StazOn Cleaner is needed – this cleaner is actually harmful to nature (read the small print on the packaging). After letting the ink dry for 24 hours on the glass, I coated it with Kreul Glass & Porcelain Thinning Medium (here), let it dry and bake it 90 minutes at 180°C. Now, the glass is ready to be used and dishwasher-safe.
For a sustainable lifestyle it is important to avoid to use single-use cups, trays, plates etc. Two days ago, I just overheard a discussion by young women whether they shall buy single-use cutlery and plates to avoid washing off their dishes. There is no simpler way to do something for your environment than using reusable dishes and cutlery. Further, I have seen many people cooking in aluminium trays. This is not only harmful to nature, but may also be a health risk for humans as well.
Have a great Sunday,