Our pottles are made of plastic, yeah, we we know that’s a big word. But we chose to use this material (polypropylene to be more precise) because it’s light, flexible, heat and breakage resistant, food safe, and highly recyclable.
Glass jars surely could have been a choice for us, but as neat as they are in many aspects, they also have some downsides: they have a large carbon footprint (being mostly imported, they travel a long way to get to NZ, and are quite heavy which means they consume a lot of non-renewable fuel on the trip), they are expensive to produce and transport, and breakage causes a lot of waste too. Not to mention that sand, the main component of glass, is also becoming scarce in the world. True story![i]
But of course, sustainability is part of who we are and caring for the environment is a priority in all our choices, so we are looking at more sustainable alternatives and are very excited about the advances in the plant-based packaging technology – that’s where we want to go. In the meantime, we recommend repurposing our packs (there are so many uses for them around the house and in the wider community) or recycling where possible.
[i] References about sand shortage: