Packaging Part 2: The Bathroom Kit
In this short series on packaging, we’re looking at all of the packaging that passes through What Plastic HQ. To kick things off, we explored the packaging we use to ship products. In part 2, we’re taking a look at the packaging our bathroom products come in.
Soaps and shampoos
The soap and shampoo bars we sell come simply wrapped in paper. All you need to do is to put the wrapper out to compost or recycle!
The folk over at the Natural Soap Company are dead keen on making their packaging as eco-friendly as possible, which is why everything they send us comes in brown cardboard boxes taped up with paper parcel tape. The packaging peanuts the suppliers use inside the box to protect products are made from 100% non-genetically modified corn starch (if you run them under a tap they just shrivel up!). This means that they’re completely biodegradable and compostable. And the added bonus is that they come from renewable resources.
All of the Georganics product packaging is made in the UK not far from where the toothpaste is manufactured. Both the packaging and the vegetable-based inks are certified compostable. This means that you can put the card in your compost if you like, or alternatively in your recycling bin. In compost, it takes less than 6 months for 90% of the product to break down.
And keep your eyes peeled on social media because Georganics often post inventive ways of giving your glass jar a second lease of life!
The Who Gives A Crap toilet roll comes individually wrapped in paper for two reasons: because it looks more fun (and let’s face it, we’re all more likely to go plastic-free if someone makes it fun), and because it wouldn’t be feasible to wrap multiple rolls together in paper. If you did, you’d need much thicker paper so it’d end up using roughly the same amount of material as wrapping the rolls individually.
The paper wrappers can be recycled like normal paper or, if you like, they can go on your compost heap. WGAC always aims to use soy inks so that the printing is eco-friendly too.
Obviously we’d love it if no packaging at all was needed, but the products have to get to our shelves somehow. All the boxes we receive get reused for storing or delivering products and, if not, they go in the recycling. Who knows, they might one day come back to us as loo roll or paper sandwich bags!
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