Why we’re pro-plastic (and a recycling program substitute)

Why we're pro-plastic (and a recycling program update)” model=”;” />

With Earth Day 2021 merely all through the nook, it felt like the proper time to have a bit of bit bit chat about plastic. 

Plastic has a fairly dangerous repute, and understandably so. In case you occur to see the devastation that plastic is wreaking on our waterways (and the curious creatures that dwell in them), it’s exhausting to not be anti-plastic.

Nonetheless immediately we’d have favored to let you know all about why we’re pro-plastic. Yep, we did really say that! We’re a loud and proud eco-friendly company, and we really LIKE plastic 🙂 

We’re ALWAYS searching for methods to chop again our eco-footprint and for a model like us, packaging is numero uno. Whereas we do use numerous diverse types of packaging correct proper right here at Glad Skincare (we use a mixture of plastic, glass, tin and cardboard), it appears to be like everyone seems to be on a mission to chop again their plastic utilization, so we’ve spent a ridiculous time interval exploring each diverse obtainable to us, and the actual fact is that we hold coming as soon as extra to plastic.

Plastic is a magical provides with an impressively low environmental footprint.The issue with plastics doesn’t lie all through the provides itself, however within the simplest way we as a society cope with it. 

When disposed of, recycled, or offset responsibly, plastic is certainly fairly a bit lighter on the setting than one other mainstream packaging choices (most of which may be often thought-about extra eco-friendly than plastic). 

And that’s virgin plastic we’re speaking about. Throughout the event you then ponder post-consumer-recycled plastic like we use in our bottles and tubes, the footprint of the plastic turns into even smaller. One completely different bonus is that we make our bottles regionally correct proper right here in NSW in a carbon-neutral facility – that’s 2 extra containers ticked – lots a lot much less transport and fewer emissions. 👍

Wanting on the true value of plastic selections

The environmental hazard evaluation group Trucost has estimated that swapping plastic for selections akin to glass, tin, or aluminum would improve environmental prices globally from $139 billion USD to $533 billion USD. These prices take all forms of factors under consideration, like ocean damage, end-of-life administration (e.g. recycling or landfill), transportation, manufacturing, and provides & vitality restoration.

That’s almost 4 occasions the environmental value (i.e. extra damage to our surroundings) everytime you alter to sources apart from plastic. Concepts blown???

Curiously quite a few the environmental prices of various supplies (considerably glass) is also attributed to their larger weight in comparison with plastic, which might improve its manufacturing and transportation emissions, significantly contemplating that almost all glass is made in China.

Whereas then as soon as extra supplies like tin and aluminium are giant light-weight, however they’ve the extra environmental value of mining. 

So now we have been asking ourselves: How can we do plastic bigger?

After a very very very long time on the roundabout, we’ve landed on the fact that plastic has the underside environmental have an effect on in comparison with our completely completely different packaging choices, nevertheless it definitely’s nonetheless far from good. Ultimately, it’s plastic that’s clogging up our waterways, not glass or tin.

How can we in the reduction of the stress that plastic is inserting on the earth? How can we ensure that it is being disposed of appropriately and recycled to present it one completely different life? 

Turning into “Plastic Impartial”

It’s thrilling to embark on new environmental initiatives and this one could merely be our most delightful nevertheless. This 12 months we’re partnering with rePurpose Global Impact Foundation to indicate into licensed plastic impartial. And we’re aiming to indicate into not merely plastic impartial, however plastic POSITIVE. 

We do that by supporting rePurpose and their worldwide plastic recycling duties to take away extra plastic from the planet than we ship accessible in the marketplace, with the purpose of setting up a cleaner, further healthful, happier planet.

The very intelligent and passionate people at rePurpose have constructed up a world neighborhood of Plastic Impartial producers and companies all by 6 nations all by the meals, beverage, properly being, magnificence, {{{and professional}}} suppliers industries. Impressively, up to now they’ve enabled the eradicating of over 150 tons of ocean-bound plastic waste all by their vetted recycling duties in 3 continents and 6 nations (India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Kenya, Colombia, Haiti, Honduras), with way more to come back again once more! 

For each 50 cents contributed to rePurpose, a hefty 1kg of plastic waste in one other case destined for landfills, oceans, or incineration might be eradicated. And we’re thrilled to be part of this initiative.

The Glad Earth Recycling Program

Among the many many types of plastic we use all through the cosmetics commerce usually is not going to be good due to they’re sometimes exhausting to recycle. That’s due to they’re created from numerous diverse types of plastic (or plastic + glass, or plastic + aluminium), and our native recycling amenities don’t have the capabilities to separate them, which suggests they often find yourself in landfill.

We’re working spherical this by partnering with Terracycle to assemble these hard-to-recycle gadgets and ship them to a specialised facility the place waste administration consultants may ensure that they get recycled and don’t flip proper right into a burden on the setting.

Plus there’s a bit of bit bit sweetener in there for you too! Throughout the event you save up your hard-to-recycle packaging from any of our 4 producers and ship it as soon as extra to us, we’ll reward you with Glad Components that you would be commerce in with out value merchandise.

Our Recycling Program has been spherical for numerous years now, however merely in case you haven’t found it nevertheless, you presumably can research all about it correct proper right here

There’s no good reply 

As fairly a bit as we’ve put plastic up on a pedestal immediately, we’ll be the primary to confess that it’s not good. Nonetheless right now there isn’t any good reply for cosmetics packaging, so we merely should do the perfect we’re able to.

Ultimately, we’re a terribly small company all through the scheme of factors, and even the large multinational companies are nonetheless stopping this! 

It is attainable you will be assured that our have an effect on on the earth is one issue that’s terribly essential to us, and that we obtained’t ever cease attempting to bolster. Among the many greatest we’re able to do right now’s to purpose for progress, not perfection, and hold making selections with our hearts and under no circumstances our wallets.

Origional Post by Platinum Delux

Leave a Comment