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  • History of Soda Tabs

    Soda tabs are one of those things that it is difficult to imagine life without. Understandably so, since canned beverages have been around since the 1930's. The rise of soda cans came shortly after the success of canned foods, which were first being produced as early as 1915. When canned beverages came along, the cans were more slender and cylinder in shape. They were constructed either of aluminum or steel and were sealed on both ends with a flat top that needed to be opened with a mechanism called a church key. The church key was used to puncture two holes in the top of the can: One opening for drinking, and a small hole on the opposite side to let air in so that the contents would flow out.

    The first version of the soda tab was very much like the one we still use today. It was invented by Ermal Fraze, who was inspired to create it after he spent an afternoon at a picnic that was well stocked with cans of beer, but nobody had a churn key to open them! After a few nights of brainstorming he made what he called the Pull Tab. The tab was designed to be pulled and lifted off the surface of the can to expose the drinking area. Since the tab had to be disposed of, people were either dropping them back inside their drink or tossing them on the ground.

    The Coors Beer Company found a solution to the mounting litter problem by designing their own tab in the mid 1970's. They made the tops to the drinking opening penetrable, so that they could be pushed down through the can and tucked away underneath the surface. Since it was being pushed in rather than pulled off, they made it without a gripable round ending, and instead provided a raised "blister" to help position the thumb for pushing downwards. This however presented a problem when people started to cut their fingers on the opening's sharp edges, especially if they had a few beers prior to the blunder. In response to the tab's "pressing" safety issue, Coors redesigned it into the modern style soda tab that we use today, which is a combination of the two original styles.

  • Soda Tabs Statistics

    Ermal Fraze created a pop tab that was quite different from the modern day soda tabs. It increased litter as it would pop all the way off and everyone threw it to the ground. Also, many kids would choke on the tab if it fell into the can. Due to all these factors, in the year 1962, Fraze came up with an improved soda tab that clung on the soda can. These soda tabs were similar to the present day soda can tabs. Now-a-days, all branded soda companies make use of soda tabs on their cans.

    Statistics of Soda Tabs:

    Soda tabs are made of 100% aluminum, which makes them valuable to the beverages companies. Hence, these tabs are collected by countless people (mostly kids) who later trade it for money, have it recycled or donate it for a good cause. Some people simply love collecting soda tabs while, few others create unique and amazing artwork using these tabs.

    Soda tabs are weighed to establish their value. However, their exact worth is determined based on the recycle value of the aluminum they contain. One pound of soda tabs is estimated to be around 57 cents while, one gallon of tabs (i.e. approximately 1,300 tabs) can be sold for 50 to 60 cents.

    You can recycle soda tabs for money at anyplace that purchases aluminum. You can also recycle the tabs at your neighboring recycling center. Recycled aluminum tabs are used to produce new cans. This decreases the amount of energy that is used to manufacture aluminum from bauxite ore. However, merely 3.2 percent of soda cans are recycled per year.

    Several charitable organizations collect soda can tabs and convert them into funds for charitable trust. Ronald McDonald House Charities is one such charity. They raise approximately $30,000 per year through their soda can tab program. Each American, on an average, drinks about 597 cans of soda in a year i.e. nearly 182,682,000,000 cans per year! With billions of soda tabs in circulation in the US, did you ever wonder how easy it can be to assist the charitable trusts or families in need?

  • Nostalgia

    For the past few decades the soda tab has become an iconic symbol. Easily recognized, used almost daily, and something of Nostalgia. Growing up, I always remember lifting the soda tab up and down before it finally popped off. Normally they were done by alphabet. So when you lifted up the tab you would say "A". Then when you lowered the tab you would say "B". You would continue on down the alphabet until the tab broke off. If you were like me, you would hope they were broken off on the "initials" of a crush or significant other. You can now relive those memories with Solid Gold and .925 Silver Soda Tab Jewelry. Choose from White Gold, Yellow Gold, Pink Gold, or Silver, and Rhodium plated Soda Tabs. Mix and match to make the ultimate necklace, bracelet or accessory.

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