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.