Reusable Beer Packaging

reusable beer crateRecycling is a good idea, but grinding down glass and re-forming it into new bottles every time someone drinks a beer is far from an efficient system. In the Netherlands, bottles are cleaned out, re-labeled, and re-filled. This is similar to U.S. domestic system of washing a glass instead of breaking it and building a new one every time someone wants a drink of water. As an added bonus, a lot of beer here comes in handy plastic carrying cases that also get reused. This reduces waste because there is no cardboard to throw out or recycle. Maybe this is why the beer here is so cheap.