Our Laundry bottles use over 50% less plastic than other leading laundry brands
The decision to use plastic in our packaging wasn't taken lightly. As many of us know, plastic can have a huge impact on the environment and we want to reduce that impact. That's why our bottles use 50% less plastic than other leading laundry care brands - they're also recyclable.
But a lot of people ask us why we don't use glass, well, there are a few reasons.
- Glass breaks, a lot, causing product and packaging to be wasted and sent to landfill (couriers and postal services are very strict with this).
- It's heavy so has a big carbon footprint.
- It is more expensive and has a larger carbon footprint to recycle.
- Glass production creates more than 6 times the global warming gasses than plastic.
The reasons we use plastic.
- We can use much less material.
- It's much lighter with a smaller transport carbon footprint.
- It's stronger and is tough to break.
- It's less expensive and a lower carbon footprint to recycle.
According to the Jan 2013 issue of International Journal of Lifecycle Assessment, glass beverage bottles cause the most environmental damage, including global warming. Reusing a glass bottle three times lowers it carbon footprint roughly to that of a single-use plastic beverage bottle. If the plastic bottle gets recycled, however, then the glass bottle must be reused 20 times to make their carbon footprint comparable.
Types of plastic.
There is a lot of misinformation around plastic at the moment. We've spent A LOT of time talking to our suppliers to find the best solution and type of plastic. That's why we use PET. Quite simply, it's the most recyclable plastic out there. We're also rolling out the use of recycled plastic in our bottles.
We decided not to use a variety of other '’eco-friendly' plastics because we don't believe they are truly eco-friendly. Take 'biodegradable' plastic for example. The term ‘biodegradable’ is very misleading if you ask us. If you pop them in your compost heap, nothing will happen for thousands of years, they need to be sent to a very specialised management plant to 'degrade' - which uses lots of energy. And the worst part - when they are mixed with normal recycling, they contaminate the other plastics in there making them less recyclable!
You may have also seen 'plant-derived' plastics. These sounds nice and green, but at the end of the day, they are just plastic - exactly the same chemical structure of other plastics and it makes no difference to the way it will degrade. But we think it is an inefficient way of using our natural resources to create plastic.
Compostable plastic is very new tech and shows a lot of promise - although its uses are very limited and currently not suitable for use with liquids. But we will keep our beady eyes on the technology as it develops.
Recycle, Recycle, Recycle.
The key is that if more people recycle plastic keeping it away from landfills and our oceans - plastic will have a much smaller impact on the environment when compared to glass. So after you're done with our bottle, pop it in the recycling bin and feel chuffed with yourself.
Even better than recycling is reusing. So we're working on refill packs and refill stations to fill your bottles of Wilton with more lovely stuff.
Want to learn more?
This is a fantastic podcast. It discusses the reasons the world became so heavily dependent on plastic. Which may not be the reason you thought. It discusses responsible use of plastic and how it might actually be better for the environment than 'natural' alternatives. It's a must-listen!