Plastic enters our oceans at a staggering rate—approximately 8 million pieces a day—and it affects the entire planet.
It is believed that by the end of this decade there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish, by weight. One of plastic’s key benefits is also its primary problem… it’s permanence. Rather than disappear it degrades and breaks up into micro-plastic particles that can find their way into the food chain and eventually onto your plate at home!
That’s why it’s imperative that we not only clean up the plastic already in our oceans, but that we act now to stop more of the material ending up there.
To counter this devastating level of pollution, we’ve worked closely with one of the most innovative plastic manufacturers to develop an Ocean Waste Plastic that can be used to make bottles to house our supplements.
Production of this plastic is cleaner and more efficient than using regular plastic. It takes less energy and produces less CO2 to create the plastic used in our Ocean Waste bottles.
So we’re not only reducing the pollution in our planet’s oceans, but we’re also reducing our impact on the environment as a whole.
The bottles are chemically identical to traditionally-produced plastic, ensuring they are hygienic and 100% recyclable.
Look out for this logo on-pack to find a product that supports our ocean clean-up efforts:
Find out which of our products are manufactured using this plastic:
Plastic itself is actually incredibly versatile and effective for medical and health products. It’s the poorly thought-through way that it is manufactured, used and recycled that causes the real problems.
When we started discussions within our supply chain about making further improvements to our environmental commitments, alternative materials (including glass and aluminium) were investigated thoroughly. We found that our bottles required less packaging when transported, used less energy to produce and used less energy when recycled.
Alternative materials would be 3.6 times heavier than plastic packaging
Alternatives to plastic would result in 2.7 times more GHG emissions over their lifetime
It would take around twice as much energy to use alternative materials to plastic packaging
the amount of plastic you will help us remove from the world’s oceans in 2020 – thank you.
The UK currently has a completely disengaged policy for household and commercial recycling with individual local authorities often selling the service to a ‘highest bidder’ rather than operating as part of a national programme. Some authorities offer an excellent service while others will send up to 70% of household waste intended for recycling directly to landfill. Many of our customers are unsure as to the type of plastic their authority will allow for collection!
We are petitioning for a government-driven national programme for recycling with published performance measures, public and commercial education programmes and an incentivised plastic recycling scheme.
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Together we can make even more of a positive change. Download our eBook to learn more about the Better Planet Project and join our mailing list for updates and information on how you can get involved.