Refillable products have become a popular alternative to disposable plastic containers. But some experts claim that they might not be always a better choice for the environment. In fact, they could cause more harm than regular plastic packaging.
Statistics are truly alarming: the average American produces over 250 pounds of plastic waste a year –out of that, 90% is not even recycled, in fact, it is likely to end up in landfills. I would have thought that refillable products would be the best solution to reduce plastic waste, however, contrary to what I thought, this might not be the case.
Before plastic became the main material for containers beauty products would come in containers made out of glass, ceramic or metals that you could refill. A growing number of brads from the Body Shop, LÓccitane to Diptyque have recently launched their refillable products.
Whether it is just a trend or an honest attempt to take care of the environment, it might not the green solution we are waiting for. Refillable products often require more packaging than disposable ones –but the latter doesn’t usually get recycled. More often than not, the customer chooses not to refill the product, so actually, it results in more plastic being thrown away. On the other hand, establishing refillable systems that are effective are difficult to implement. Some companies pick the products up for refill others allow in-store refill, however, transport should also be taken into consideration –it should be done as local as possible to reduce carbon emissions.
The truth is that there is a lot to be done to create other sustainable alternatives –my advice as a customer is to be responsible with your purchase: if you actually bought a refillable product, make sure you refill it and you do it locally.
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