Until very recently the options available to skincare brands to use recycled or compostable plastic were minimal. The recycled plastic was of poor quality and compostable plastic was renowned for breaking down into tinier and tinier pieces of micro plastic and ending up in our water systems, posing an even greater threat to marine life than the original plastic.
We are heavily committed to supporting and nurturing our environment and try to do the right thing on every level from not encouraging printed materials, to sourcing only sustainable, fairly traded plant oils, to complying with all vegan society and leaping bunny standards against animal cruelty. However, the use of plastic bottles has been a major conundrum for us. Consumers demand plastics in their bathroom over glass packaging, and they are less carbon-intensive to produce and ship, but if not recycled correctly, plastic can find a way back into our environment. Also, we feel that there should be a way of reusing existing waste rather than creating new plastic.
Over the last two years we have been on the search for a suitable alternative to PET bottles, which is what we currently use and while they can be recycled they are not made from recycled plastic. We are however thrilled to say we have finally found a solution at a recent trade show and sourced a 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottle which is now undergoing pack stability testing with our Omega Oil and we hope to have this on the market in 2020.
In the meantime, you can rest assured that your bottle of Omega Oil will last a long, long time - on average our 125ml bottles last for 6 weeks of daily use, so unlike the use of disposable water and drinks bottles, your Botanico Vida bottles have a very minimal environmental impact.