Reducing Single-Use Plastics

Most bathrooms are filled with plastic bottles that will only be used once before they head to the garbage or recycling can. While recycling plastic is always a good idea, experts agree that it isn’t a solution. Only 5 – 10% of plastic is reclaimed for recycling. Even when it is recycled, most plastic still eventually ends up in a landfill or in our lakes and oceans. Its so bad that in just a few decades, there might be more plastic in the world’s oceans than fish. That’s because plastic never really goes away. It’s designed to last forever. It’s hard to imagine, but all of the plastic that’s ever been made is still here, somewhere on the earth.

While plastic makes life (and bottling) easier, we knew there had to be a better way. We decided to use aluminum bottles for several reasons. Historically, aluminum has proven to be a key material in successful recycling programs. Unlike plastic, aluminum is able to be completely recycled without any loss in quality at a fraction of the initial production costs and energy requirements. Plastic can only be recycled once or twice as it is downgraded each time it loops through the process. Our bottles are also strong enough to survive a number of trips. So they will be well worn before we recycle them. They are easily cleaned and sterilized, so we can ensure that our bottles are safe to use again and again.

EcoFriendly Packaging

We chose to work with EcoEnclose. Their boxes are made from a mix of 95% post-consumer waste and 5% post-industrial waste. Absolutely NO new materials are used in the manufacturing of their green shipping cartons. Best of all, EcoEnclose worked with us to develop boxes that will stand up to shipping refills and returning empty bottles to be refilled and reused.

Circular Economy & the Environment

In the past it’s often been the environment versus the economy, but the Plaine Product’s model supports both. Plaine Products is designed to be part of the circular economy, which functions more like a natural ecosystem: nothing is ever wasted. Also, by cleaning and reusing our bottles Plaine Products is able to create jobs. Research indicates that reuse and remanufacture create 8 – 20 jobs per thousand tons of material compared to 5-10 jobs created per thousand tons of material by traditional recycling.

Plaine Products Sustainability Reports

In 2018 Plaine Products is proud to publish our first-ever Plaine Products Sustainability Report highlighting our accomplishments for 2017 and our goals for the future.

In 2019 we published the Plaine Products 2018 Sustainability Report to share information our work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, packaging waste, and more! You can also learn more about our goals for the next 2-5 years. For example, we aim to implement a carbon neutral shipping option and buy 100% recycled aluminum bottles by 2022. We also have a goal of selling 100,000 bottles by 2020 and we hope you can join us in achieving that goal!