The Beauty Spoiler's voice
There are many questions that creators and consumers wonder about packaging. The main ones that always come to our lips are:
Well...the answer is as complicated as a labyrinth...*sigh*.
Containers are what can be used to hold and transport something. Eco-friendly companies have developed many plastic alternatives, in order to protect and save our environment. Though, whoever produces something that needs to be contained, it is still complex to pick the right container, simply because of its cost and...so many pros and cons do give us a headache.
This information is what I have found while looking for MDtbs' containers. If anyone has other updates that I am not aware of, feel free to share them with us!
Why is it so important to recycle?
Hmm...How may I explain this...ok. I am not going to make these long sermons that are only read by me and passionate individuals.
So let me tell you a story.
For example, a single woman who lives alone in a house. Her name is Potato. This woman is a very fictive character.
(In a humoristic note, it could be a man but let's change a little. Women can also be victims of "awful" examples :))
Did you get the link between recycling and Potato's daily life? She became overwhelmed by the pollution created by her procrastination that amplified everyday until her boyfriend messaged her. 30 minutes was too short to clean her house and "refresh" herself to stay pretty. By anticipating and skipping the cleaning, she will have more time to prepare to go out. Even if Potato is overwhelmed by doing something that she doesn't really care to do until the last minute, she has always appreciated to have "renewable and natural fresh air" by leaving her windows opened. Folk knows Potato's behavior but this is not his problem. After all, in a normal situation, who walks in a neighborhood, sees a messy interior house through its windows, knocks at the door and asks to help to clean the house?
Now, imagine "this" on our planet scale.
Bad pollution has been here since human activities exist. It accumulates everyday and the fact that most people who think:
"Who cares? We're all gonna die",
"I didn't do it so it is not my problem" and
"Anyways, everybody does the same, I am forgiving myself for closing my eyes and do the same"
don't help to reduce the increase of diseases, allergies and destruction of our environment: We are healthy if our planet is healthy. That's why we need to take care of our pollution: Not only plastics physically destroy our environment, but they also release toxic chemicals in the air.
Let's dig into the common plastics that we use everyday.
The plastic that is commonly used is made from different polymers, which are made from resins (When resins cure, they become polymers). Resins and polymers can be synthetic or natural, but to create any type of plastics, it is always man-made. Our "everyday" plastics are synthetic: their origins come from non renewable petro-chemicals-based materials.
There are different types of synthetic plastic. Have you already noticed those mini-symbols with a number, mostly hidden on the bottom of your plastic containers? Wondered what they are?
Well...these little scriptures are in fact very important: they are categories of plastics that are needed for recycling. The numbers designate 1 being the most recyclable one and 7 the less one. Before, they were very rarely accepted by recycling companies. Now, more accept them.
Plastic code identification and their types of material
What are the biodegradable plastics?
Biodegradable (or biobased) plastics are made from at least 20% renewable natural-based material. The purpose was to replace a part of the common plastic's materials to accelerate and ease its decomposition. There is a big confusion with the "eco-friendly" vocabulary and it is great if we all are aware of the difference to avoid worst ecological degradation:
How about bio-plastics?
Bio-plastics (or compostable plastics) are promising plastics made with natural and renewable chemical materials. It is a very seductive alternative and one of the ingredient-stars is..corn! It produces Polylactide acid (PLA) and it is same as Polyethylene (PET) and Polypropylene (PP). In addition to being natural, they don't increase greenhouse gas but do absorb them like the carbon dioxide. They are a cost saving during the production compared to common plastic and they decompose in only a few weeks. This alternative can be the best but there are still cons like any other methods:
Anyone heard about eco-plastics?
Eco-plastics (or recycled plastics) are reused synthetic plastics. When a synthetic plastic is brought for recycling, companies reuse it to produce another plastic object. Synthetic plastics can be recycled many times but not indefinitely. From twice to 4 or 5 times as what I read before they become useless.
What about the other recyclable and compostable materials?
There are, of course other types of materials used for containers: metals and bamboos. Glass and metals are recyclable and can be reused while bamboos are natural so they can't be recycled. Bamboos are compostable and take a few years to fully decompose if properly buried in soil. I haven't researched much on the bamboo side because of its high cost, which will drive me to increase my prices. Everyone should be able to afford personal care made with natural ingredients and until we are able to find a better alternative with a lower cost, my options are the different types of plastic described above. I haven't decided yet as I am still wondering which one is the best to start with. They have pros and cons that are absolutely not negligible.
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