Sustainability & Packaging
Creating a life, a workplace, and a product that impacts minimally on our Earth is important to us and to be honest, true sustainability in a capitalistic system seems impossible. We'll keep trying.
We ship in recycled and recyclable corrugated packaging and use 100% recycled post consumer paper for void fill. Our wholesale packs and product boxes are made from 100% post-consumer paperboard using 100% wind power. If we have to shrink wrap, we use non-toxic polyolefin vs PVC.
In our continuing efforts to reduce plastic use, we have included more readily recyclable materials for our products: aluminum, glass and tin. We also encourage you to buy less. A tube of balm lasts the average user 6-12 months. Our BalmTOO and BalmUNDER last the average user 2-4 months.
Plastic Tubes: manufactured: United States
We literally can not get enough recycled PCR (post-consumer recycled material) pellet to make our tubes. We must use FDA approved plastic for cosmetics which is a clean, non-tainted plastic resin; polypropylene #5. We have been contacting plastic manufacturers around the world for the last ten years trying to find a solution. The bad news: there is none...yet. Petroleum rules the planet and that makes us (and you) sad...and mad...and...
Things you can do to help now: Stop buying stuff. Grow a garden. Walk more. Drive less. LIMIT SINGLE-USE PLASTIC CONSUMPTION (food containers, yogurt cups, coffee pods, cups, cup lids, straws, forks, spoons, beverage bottles, trial size items, produce bags, etc...etc...etc...). C'mon, bring your own grocery bag, coffee cup and water bottle already! ;)
We’ll keep trying to find a solution. Know that our tubes now contain 30% less plastic than our old tubes (so they are a bit thinner). We always use recycled pellets in our tubes when available (up to 50%) and they are still recyclable #5 (although honestly, there is very little market for recycled polypropylene and hardly anyone does the recycling of it). Our hope is that PCR material becomes easily attainable for all manufacturers that rely on plastics and that alternative plastic material and technology continues to be developed.
Common Question: Do the plastic tubes leach BPA into the balm?
Common Question: Why haven't you put your balm cardboard tubes?
We tried...and tried again. We love the concept of cardboard tubes but in real life application we felt they didn't perform to our standards. Cardboard tubes didn't keep our balms fresh, a slightly cardboard taste would develop, the oils in the balm would "weep" into the pulp. The lack of rigidity in capping was problematic. Another issue we ran into was source material, we couldn't get guaranteed clean source (no contaminant) cardboard stock. Bummer.
Getting you a high quality balm is our mission and if we can't keep that balm high quality in it's package, in your hands, it's a no-win. But, we'll keep trying! We are hopeful for market maturation in all things packaging. We feel closing the plastic loop is the true solution because any packaging en-masse becomes a sustainability issue.
Aluminum Tubes: manufactured: France
In our efforts to reduce plastic use, we have introduced aluminum tubes. Even most silver “aluminum looking” pliable tubes on the market are infiltrated with plastic but ours are not! We believe just one small change can make a difference.
Common Question: Does aluminum leach into the balm?
No. Heavy metals are all over our environment; in our water, food, cookware, etc. But rest assured, there is no aluminum leaching into our BALMTOO. Modern aluminum tubes have been repeatedly tested for safety; they are very safe and do not leach aluminum. Our tubes are manufactured in Europe where they are still used extensively in personal care products. The EU has very high safety standards for cosmetics and the packaging of them.
Common Question: How do I open and use the aluminum tube?
1. Unscrew the cap. 2. Flip the cap over and re-screw onto the tube to puncture seal. 3. Re-seal using either side of cap. 4. Squeeze gently from the bottom up. Squish the tube as you use product or roll the tube up as you use product.
Common Question: Can I recycle my tube and cap?
Yes! Remove the cap and recycle the tube with other aluminum products. The cap can be recycled as #5...but again, hardly anyone does the recycling of it.
Glass/Tin: manufactured: United States & China
Again, in our efforts to reduce plastic use, we have introduced glass and tin.
Common Question: Can I recycle my Aura jar/lid and Slim Slider?
Yes! Remove the cap and recycle jar with glass. The tin lid and our Slim Slider can be recylced with tin/metals...or re-use it in a plethora of ways!
Common Question: I can’t get my Aura lid off/on? I can't open the Slim Slider tin?
Aura: Rarely, the “threads” don’t line up perfectly on the first try to screw your lid back on. Be patient, line the threads up and bingo!