As an environmentally responsible brand, we think deeply about the packaging materials we use as we develop our product line. One of our big questions is always: Plastic or glass?
Glass is mostly thought of as the “greenest” choice, but we’ve done our research—and ultimately decided to go with both glass and PET plastic, the cleanest plastic available.
Plastic has a bad reputation, and rightfully so! Many types can leach harmful chemicals over time into the products that they’re intended to protect, and during the manufacturing process, toxic emissions are often released into the air. Not to mention, some plastics are difficult to recycle and end up filling landfills and polluting oceans with litter. Yuck! But this is not the case with PET plastic.
PET (thermoplastic polymer resin) plastic comes with many green benefits that regular plastics do not:
PET plastic is lighter and more compact than glass. It is also less likely to break during transport, which reduces the need for the creation of excess protective packaging materials. For these reasons, it ultimately uses less fossil fuel and energy over the course of the product’s entire lifecycle (including manufacturing and transport), thus creating fewer greenhouse emissions and less solid waste overall. Furthermore, the only byproducts of its actual manufacturing are hydrogen and water—nothing toxic.
Plus, unlike other plastics, PET plastics can be recycled and reused many times over.
2: Safety and health
Glass can break and shatter, while PET plastic does not. This was something that we took into serious consideration. Glass can have a more luxurious appearance, but broken glass on a shower floor can be verydangerous for our customers and their families! This is why we chose to put PLANT products that are typically used in-shower in PET plastic, while other products that would normally sit in your medicine cabinet or a safe space are in glass. Your safety is important to us!
Another health benefit is that PET plastic—even when it’s been recycled from other PET products—has been proven not to leach harmful chemicals into the products it contains. This is a hazard with many other types of plastics used in packaging, but we’d never want to risk compromising the purity of our products in that way.
So to sum it all up, this is why we’ve decided that plastic is sometimes better than glass here at PLANT!