The health of the ocean is very close to our hearts. From the very start of the creation of Living Sea Therapy®, we’ve had a strong environmental ethos, so we actively seek the most environmentally friendly packaging available to us.
At Living Sea Therapy® we believe in recycling and recycled materials and doing what is right for the environment as well as the ocean, as do our sister companies, Cornish Sea Salt and The Cornish Seaweed Company: it’s in our makeup.
We long for the day that we can use packaging made from seaweed, as an alternative to plastic, it not as crazy as it sounds. We have been following some great work in other industries to take this amazing and adaptable ingredient and use it for great things. We wait with baited breath until this becomes a viable option for cosmetics.
We are carefully monitoring developments in packaging and will embrace the opportunity to make any viable changes we can, so watch this space.
Why have we used plastic components?
We’ve approached the packaging subject with careful consideration and debate and considered each product individually, from how the packaging will affect your experience of the product, its safety in your bathroom, legal compliance and how packaging might affect the natural raw materials within our formulations.
Our choice to use Poly Propene (PP) is for a few simple reasons:
1. It’s the safest plastic to heat or freeze making it perfect for re-purposing and re-cycling
2. It’s low in carbon footprint compared with other alternatives too
3. It protects the stability of the incredible natural ingredients in our formulations and your experience of the product
We use Bio-Polymers too!
Not all of our products had to be in PP. Our Hand Wash and Hand Lotion, are totally recyclable, made from Bio HDPE - a truly sustainable packaging solution, promoting the “I’m green” trademark seal. These bottles are made from 96% renewable raw materials; derived from sugarcane waste as opposed to conventional HDPE soured from oil and don’t cause deforestation. Using HDPE bio polymer helps to prevent global warming and does not increase atmospheric CO2.
All of our decorative cartons have been produced on FSC board from a sustainable source using vegetable ink.
But what about glass?
Did you know glass has a larger carbon footprint due to the energy used in production? It has low bulk density for transport, meaning more lorries on the road, and a much higher product weight. Glass is also never a good idea in a bathroom from a safety perspective.
Well, pouches then?
You might be surprised to hear that sachets and pouches tend to be layers of laminated plastics. As such, you’re not able to separate the different plastics to recycle them and they end up hurting the environment more as you can’t re-use them as you can our current tubs. We haven’t given up hope though, there are new technologies and packaging out all the time and we are on the lookout for suitable recyclable alternatives wherever we can find them.
Can you hook us up?
We welcome alternative packaging ideas to help us move towards even more sustainable packaging now or in the future, so we can continue to reduce the environmental impacts of our business and operate in an environmentally responsible manner, so if you know of an alternative, drop us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.