For awhile now we have been working with our suppliers to increase the post consumer content in our bottles and corrugated packaging. Not many of you know this, but we utilize our own molds in creating the bottles we bring our products to market with. A mold can take up to 12 weeks to make. Longer if you include the design process. We have created several new bottles recently. A 17 ounce apothecary flask style bottle, and a 32 ounce square shaped container that we use with a trigger sprayer or flask style cap. These new bottles are made from PET plastic, the same type of plastic that is used for soda pop bottles. It’s recycled code number is 1, the easiest plastic to recycle into new bottles. Our new bottles contain 25% post consumer resin content now. We’ve worked hard with our suppliers to raise it as high as possible without affecting the look and performance of the bottle. In addition, all of our laundry bottle types (which is number 2 HDPE plastic) contain 25% post consumer resin in them as well. This has been a high priority for us in reducing the use of virgin plastic in our containers.
The corrugated boxes we ship our products in, and the packaging we use for our powder products, they too contain between 40-100 percent post consumer fibers. Finding ways to increase our post consumer content in our packaging reduces our need to use imported oil in creating our bottles, and in lowering our carbon footprint in sourcing corrugated paper from the northwest.
Some of you have asked in the past about using corn based plastics for our bottles. We continue to test new corn based polymers from our suppliers, but unfortunately to date, we have not found one that has the molecular density to contain our products. Our liquids tend to bleed through these plastics after 60 days. Even water bottles made from these plastics last about a year before they start to bleed water through them. We’re hopeful that some day we will be able to switch to a bio based plastic that biodegrades 100 percent within a short period of time.