Good Food Blog
Not a lotta bottlePosted at 12:45PM, 05 November 2010 by Caroline Hire - Food editor, bbcgoodfood.com
I confess, in some instances, I'm a convert to the squeezy plastic bottle, perfect for a hearty squirt of brown sauce on a bacon sandwich and much better than the violent shaking that was previously required. But when it comes to Marmite, give me the bulbous brown glass jar any day. A small amount as can be controlled on a knife tip is sufficient to enjoy this delicious spread and the squeezy bottle doesn't allow for careful trace application. Others might disagree so frankly it's nice to be given the choice.
According to a survey by TNS, 70 per cent of us want the option to buy our favorite food and drink in glass, but scan the supermarket shelves and the predominance of plastic is clear.
The use of glass is declining and it's not just an aesthetic issue. Glass is 100 per cent recyclable which is more than can be said of most alternatives. Not to mention the fact that glass is pure. It's made up of all natural components - sand, soda ash and limestone - no nasty chemicals that could potentially leach out into food. This isn't the case for much of non-glass packaging, and one chemical that can be found in some plastic packaging has caused particular concern. Bisphenol A has been flagged up as a potential hazard by health experts and banned in France and Denmark for use in children's food and drink containers - eek!
Where do you stand on the glass vs plastic debate? Do you care how your food is packaged or is convenience and a light shopping bag a bigger draw? Tell us what you think...