What Is Sugarcane Bioplastic?
Our journey towards sustainable packaging has been one of continual evolution, and the launch of our first hair care line is no different—it's the first time we're using bioplastics to package our products. But what exactly are bioplastics, and why have we chosen them for our new Eucalyptus and Mint Shampoo and Conditioner? Let's dive in.
What are bioplastics?
Bioplastics are a type of plastic material derived from renewable biomass sources, like plants, instead of fossil fuels like traditional plastics. There are two main categories of bioplastics:
Bio-based plastics: Made from renewable resources like cornstarch, sugarcane, potato starch, or other plant-based materials.
Biodegradable plastics: Designed to break down naturally under specific environmental conditions like heat, moisture, and microbial activity. They can be derived from both renewable resources and fossil fuels.
Why we're using sugarcane bioplastic
If you've ordered Wildcraft products before, you'll know that our formulas are typically packaged in glass. Here's why we settled on bioplastic as the packaging for our new shampoo and conditioner: like traditional plastics. There are two main categories of bioplastics:
- It's environmentally sustainable: Sugarcane bioplastic is a plant-based material derived from renewable sugarcane resources that generates fewer carbon emissions compared to traditional plastics made from fossil fuels.
- It's shower-safe: Glass and slippery surfaces aren't a good mix. Sugarcane bioplastic packaging is safe to use (and drop) in the shower.
- It won't break during transit: While we always pad our breakable packaging for shipping, sometimes glass breaks. Sugarcane bioplastic offers better durability and reduces the chances of product loss or damage during shipping and delivery.
- It's lightweight: Sugarcane bioplastic tends to be lighter than glass, which can result in lower transportation emissions and costs.
How to recycle or reuse your bioplastic packaging
When you're done with your shampoo and conditioner, don't throw the bottle in the trash! The sugarcane bioplastic packaging can be fully recycled—just rinse the bottle and cap before tossing both in the recycling bin.
To reuse, simply remove the cap before refilling with your favourite bulk products.
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