Packaging is hard! We have spent countless hours sourcing packaging that is earth-friendly. All our packaging is recyclable, and some are compostable (like the lip balm). All labels are compostable as well! As packaging for the industry continues to evolve, we may find newer and better options for our products. We strive for a package that delivers a superior product experience, while being earth-friendly. Please recycle, compost, or re-purpose your packages as appropriate.

Here are some basic guidelines to help you make smart decisions about the products you buy – and it has guided us with our packaging decisions.

Most municipal programs accept plastics #1 and #2. But as you go up the scale, it gets a little more tricky.

Thanks to the Society of the Plastics Industry, most plastic products are labeled with a single digit inside of a triangle that ranges from one to seven, which is also knows as the plastic resin ID code. These numbers provide a guide so consumers know how to use and properly dispose or recycle plastic products. However, there are still somplastics that can be challenging to recycle, let along identify.

Plastics Numbers 3, 4 and 5

Type 3 plastics include vinyl or polyvinyl chloride (PVC).

Type 4 are low-density polyethylene (LDPE).

And type 5 are polypropylene (PP).

PVC is used to manufacture food wraps, vegetable-oil bottles and blister packages, while LDPE is found in plastic bags, shrink wrap and garment bags.

PP makes up items such as bottle tops, refrigerated containers and some food wraps, carpets and bags.

PVC is often recycled and turned into drainage and irrigation pipes, and LDPE can be remade into grocery bags.

Since plastics 3, 4 and 5 have a low rate of recyclability, no all municipal recycling centers can accept them. If your local recycling center doesn’t provide recycling for these plastics, the next best option is to reuse them as many times as you can before disposing of them. Rinse the products out with warm water and mild soap so you can put food and beverages into them. Use bottle tops and shrink wrap in art projects, and create storage bags from garment and plastic bags. Every little bit helps!

Plastic Number 7

This is the last category that includes “other” plastics. Products containing number 7 or numberless plastics are often made froma variety of resins. The “other” plastics include:

styrene acrylonitrile (SAN)
acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS)
polycarbonate (PC)
nylon

SAN and ABS are food and drink safe, but PC is capable of producing harmful chemical compounds.

Unfortunately, these mixtures make these products undesirable for recycling and forces number 7 and codeless items to go directly to the landfill.

Even though recycling is out of the question, consumers can return these items to the manufacturers and reuse SAN and ABS plastics to reduce landfill waste.

Along with reusing the food and beverage safe plastics as much as possible, you can start eliminating your need for these most undesirable plastics. So please be conscious of the plastic products you buy and let the plastic resin ID code guide your purchasing habits. The planet thanks you!