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To us, reducing our plastic waste is super important and forms a fairly large part of our sustainability plan which you can read about in full here.
One of the unfortunate circumstances of our industry is that to date there has been little progress in the development of bulk containers suitable for carrying essential oils and carrier oils. The volatile compounds that exist in essential oils can react with certain plastics and compromise the integrity of the oil and the stability of the packaging itself. This is why we choose to use glass and aluminium for essential oil transport.
For carrier oils, extracts, water and bases the plastic we need to use is a PET which is the best in terms of strength and durability as well as providing a safe house for the short to long term storage of our products.
We understand that as a country our recycling facilities are just not able to process the amount of plastic we consume and new initiatives are required to help reduce the amount of plastic ending up in landfill and our very important eco-systems.
So what is earthYARD doing about it?
We've got a new program in place where you can return your plastic and aluminium vessels for refills. We will clean and recondition these ready for re-use. Once they reach a point where they can no longer be reconditioned we will send these off to a recycling plant that specifically regenerates these into new bottles for us to use, completing the circle. Read more about that program here.
If you are looking for cool and interesting ideas about what to do with your used containers instead of recycling and reusing we've compiled a list of our favourite initiatives that we've seen online for you.
DIY BIRD FEEDER
Cut a small hole in the side - large enough that seed is accessible but small enough to stop the seed from flowing out in the wind. Punch some drainage holes in the bottle. Fill with seed and hang with wire from a tree or from your washing line.