Re-Using Or Composting is better than Re-Cycling!
Those plastics that we diligently place in our recycling bins have begun to turn up in bales, piled up illegally in tropical places on the other side of the planet where they are accumulating in shocking quantities, with no known plan or knowledge of how to do anything at all with the mountains of waste that will take a thousand years or more to crumble.
Our founder grew up in the woods of rural Minnesota with no electricity or running water. She drank fresh raw milk from their family cows, organic vegetables from the garden, and the home she lived in was built with hand tools. With this perspective, she set out to create products that are good to the earth throughout their full life cycle. This means looking at a product from the source of its raw ingredients all the way to the end with its disposal.
Recycling is still harmful to the environment (read this) (and read this about our plastic gathering in East Asia) so re-using containers or using only compostable containers is the kindest to our planet’s inhabitants. To encourage this, our seeded paper labels are easily removed, revealing a non-branded container.
Glass Containers – re-usable and recyclable
We use glass containers when possible in production and packaging, as the formation of glass is far less damaging to the envrionment than mining for steel. Large glass production facilities do release toxins into the air, so choosing glass is still is not perfect. The heavy weight of glass also adds to the carbon footprint in its transport. The overwhelming benefits of glass are seen at the end of the product life-cycle in that glass is 100% recyclable, and when disposed contains no toxins that would be bad for the soil. Our containers have been selected for optimum functionality around the home, so we hope that you will find them useful.
What better way to dispose of a label than to plant it in soil and grow flowers or herbs that you can eat? That’s what we thought! This type of labeling is far more expensive than the automated labeling that is applied with toxic glue, but we think it is worth it.
There is a wealth of selection for containers made with plant fiber, and we utilize these as much as possible. Containers are being made with leaves, grass, wood fibers, mushrooms, cotton, and many other creative fibers. They are extremely light weight, reducing their transport carbon footprint.
Compostable Plastic Bags
It is possible to make plastic out of plant fibers and extracts that are completely compostable. When a compostible version is available, why in the world would a business choose one that takes 500 years to disintegrate, and that never fully composts, just becomes tiny particles that enter our food chain?
At Yummy Scrub, we are sad that bee populations have been devastated by an “unknown source”. We take note that the cause is only unknown in the US…other countries know that it is neonicotinoid insecticides and have banned their use resulting in a return of bees – read this. We love creating a new use for honey in order to support bee stewards in their effort to bring back bees. When honey has been allowed to partially evaporate and thicken, it turns into a sticky paste. The paste is tacky enough to hold a label in place so that it doesn’t slide up or down the container. It easily dissolves in water, and the honey that has soaked into the label will feed the new sprouts that begin to emerge from the paper. Now that is packaging at its best!
A brightly colored rubberband holds the label together. We will be using a fair trade rubberband as soon as they are available in the US and we hope that is soon! Rubber has a long ugly history, so we are selecting our rubberbands carefully. Rubberbands do biodegrade naturally in less than a year, but the source of the rubber and fair labor practices are critical factors to weigh. A fair trade rubberband is now sold in Europe, and we are trying to get ahold of some for our production here. In the mean-time, we use Alliance rubberbands, which are biodegradable. There are so many uses for rubberbands! To see a practical AND silly collection of rubber bands at their best, visit this board on Pinterest!