We no longer use plastic chips in our boxes... We now use a 100% biodegradable alternative!
In 2016 we decided to phase no longer use plastic packing chips in our boxes. The reason being, we are simply not comfortable with the use of any material that is not biodegradable. We now use a starch compound instead. The reason being, it is light, inert, made from renewable sources (non-corn origin) and 100% biodegradable.
Why move from plastic chips? Our biggest issue with plastic chips is they are not biodegradable, and very often end up in general waste. They are also often re-used, which is good for reducing waste but bad in terms of controlling contamination. There is evidence that plastic debris is ending up in our aquatic systems and affecting fish and other marine wildlife.
What makes starch suitable? The role of packing materials is to protect the products from rattling around in boxes and being damaged during transit. The starch compound offers the perfect degree of shock-absorption to offer this protection. It is a non-GMO, non-corn origin material made from renewable sources and as a compound it is light, inert and 100% biodegradable.
Why not use paper-based packing materials? While scrunched up pieces of paper or cardboard can be used as packing material, it doesn’t offer sufficient shock-absorption and protection of products. It is fine for dividing boxes or to fill big gaps, but does not fulfil the role of chips (or popcorn) which fill small voids and allow the protection we need. Plus, very often paper-based packing materials have been reused and can be very dirty and sources of potential contamination.
Is all of your packaging recyclable and responsibly sourced? Yes. The bottles are designed to protect the products and ensure they remain of the highest quality, however they are fully recyclable. Our cartons are made using sustainably-sourced paper, meaning we can literally visit the site it is sourced and produced. This is a step beyond recycled paper, which despite sounding ideal, is typically subject to treatment with a lot of chemicals. The packing chips are 100% biodegradable. Even the plastic sleeve on Vitashine sprays and heat-seals on the other bottles are made of recyclable materials.
Are packing chips required? For the majority of customer orders, we don’t actually use or need packing chips as the boxes are designed to fit snugly into the boxes and offer sufficient protection. It is only really for combinations of products that mean there are gaps in the box, and we use packing chips to prevent bottles rattling around in the boxes.
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