The Earth Conscious Natural Deodorants come in sleek yet functional tins. We have been asked why we use aluminium tins and not plastic or glass. Well the answer is this.
Our tins are lightweight and easy to package meaning the resources we need to use to get them to you in one safe piece are less. This is a bonus when green credentials are high on our list of priorities. They take up less space in a postal sack at the post office and thus in the transportation of them too - again less resources is a win.
They are also reusable and recyclable.
Aluminium is both abundant and sustainable.
You can read more about the sustainability of Aluminium below.
Plastic for us is not an option at present. We keep an open mind and would be happy to research the use of recycled plastics perhaps in the future. Glass also a possibility but extra packaging costs both to the environment and to finances of which would inevitably mean a higher costing product for our customers isn’t something we are keen on.
Part of the Earth Conscious concept and ethic is that natural and organic products should not be unaffordable. Natural products should be affordable and accessible to all if we are to make a bigger impact on the world.
In our Earth Conscious endeavours to minimise our plastic consumption, I recently discovered that many tea bags actually contain plastic! Yes plastic. Surprised? I certainly was. I always thought that tea bags were fully compostable but turns out they’re not.
I have been buying organic tea for a while now to avoid the teas that may have been treated with pesticides but now the comforting thought that surrounds having a nice cup of tea feels somewhat toxic again.
Apparently some tea bags are treated with epichlorohydrin which is used in plastics and glue and in the case of tea bags, helps hold them together. I don’t know what the exact risks are but I don’t fancy the toxins from that seeping into my drink.
Here at Earth Conscious when we learn about something like this we choose the route of caution. If we can find a healthier option and make a better choice for the environment then we will.
However, choosing tea bags which are organic is one thing, where the box isn’t plastic wrapped is another but to find plastic free tea bags is definitely harder, particularly affordable choices.
We have found TeaPigs. They use biodegradeable corn starch for their tea temples and have other good green credentials. However, the loose tea remains the most economical option.
For now I have switched from bags to loose tea. Wish I had kept that leaky teapot now!
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