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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Environmentally Responsible Beer Swilling

Here's some advice on how to get hammered on St Patrick's Day without offending Greenpeace.

I've been gearing up for next week's St. Patrick's Day drink-a-thon. If I'm intent on being an environmentally correct lush, should I plan on quaffing my suds from bottles or cans?

Do you know the answer?

Between the mine and the brewery's loading dock, at least, glass bottles are the clear winner. Aluminum is made from bauxite, which requires substantial, land-scarring effort to extract from the Earth; the United States imports virtually all of its bauxite from the likes of Australia, Guinea, and Jamaica, where mining operations have caused environmental controversy. Glass, by contrast, is made from the more easily accessible silica.


Paul E. Zimmerman, M.A. said...

Well, wait... if glass bottles are the choice for keeping Greenpeace happy...


April E. Coggins said...

The obvious answer is to drink directly out of the keg. The second best answer is to use a mug.