Other Options Were Considered
We carefully considered all other mainstream packaging options and chose recyclable pouches because we believe they are currently have the least environmental impact. And if you aren’t completely convinced let’s quickly consider the alternatives…
Plastic Bottles & Plastic Lids
Even small plastic bottles (25g) use 5 x more plastic than our handy little pouches (5g). Also, bottles are bulky, so they are more costly to manufacture, transport, store and deliver to consumers. Plus there is 5 times more material to recycle after the product has been consumed.
"Compostable" Zipper Pouches
These pouches are, in theory, “industrially compositable” but very few suitable facilities exist in the UK, and without a dedicated domestic collection service, there is no eco-friendly way to dispose of them. They don’t decompose in a garden compost bin and they aren’t recyclable, so they usually end up in a landfill.
Glass Bottles & Aluminium Lids
Glass bottles and aluminium lids may sound more eco-friendly, but getting the raw materials out of the ground isn’t! Plus, they are bulky, heavy and require a lot of energy and resources to manufacture, transport and recycle.
"Kraft Paper" Zipper Pouches
They look environmentally friendly from the outside, but layers of foil and/or plastic lie beneath. These mixed-material laminated pouches are actually unfriendly to the environment because they cannot be recycled or composted, so they usually end up in a landfill.
"Plastic-Free" Zipper Pouches
These pouches aren’t actually plastic-free! The outer layer is paper-based but the inner layer and zipper are made from PLA, which is definitely a type of plastic! These laminated mixed-materials are very difficult to recycle so usually end up in a landfill.
Recyclable Zipper Pouches
As previously stated, our handy little recyclable pouches use 5 x less plastic than a small plastic bottle, and they are fully recyclable. They are made from 100% LDPE which is widely recyclable because you can recycle them along with your plastic carrier bags.