The Stories Behind our Eco-Friendly Gifts: Luxury Organic Pampering Gift Set For Her
It's a massively busy and challenging world for some, and this gift is designed to give a well needed break.
One of the key thoughts in making this gift was to choose items with no, or minimal plastic content. As well as being a luxury gift, this Organic Pampering Set is sustainable, and friendly to the environment.
In this blog, we're going to talk about the environmental benefits of each item, and why we choose to make our gifts sustainable.
What Does This Gift Contain?
- Premium Organic Perfume (Produced by Fiilit)
- Organic Moisturising Bar (Produced by Mersea Mudd Shack)
- Organic Peppermint Shampoo Bar (Produced by Mersea Mudd Shack)
- Natural Rosewood Soap Bar (Produced by The Solid Bar Company)
- Organic Lip balm (Produced by Heavenly Organics)
- Organic Cotton Reusable Scrubbies (Produced by Beanie Queen)
Let's break each item down, and discuss why we chose each one to feature in our Organic Pampering Set.
Premium Organic Perfume
Our Luxury Organic Perfume comes from Fiilit, a sustainable perfume producer based in France. We chose Fiilit because of their exceptional quality, as well as their strong ethics.
Fiilit never have, and never will test their products on animals. We strongly agree with this sentiment, and find it hard to understand why any cosmetics are still tested on animals.
Fiilit perfumes are free of endocrine disruptors.
Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that have potentially hazardous effects on human health. Reproductive problems as well as increased risks of rare cancers are both potential hazards.
This group of chemicals are actually surrounding us every day, with common items being lunchboxes, cosmetics and children's toys.
Several of the main disruptors are BPA, dioxins and phthalates. BPA has actually been banned in baby bottles due to its health hazards affecting children.
Phthalates are used to make plastics more flexible, and they are used food packaging and cosmetics. Phthalates are a huge group of chemicals, and there is still much to be researched and discovered about them.
A massive list of health risks are associated with phthalates, including asthma, ADHD and male fertility issues.
Organic Moisturising Bar
Mersea Mudd Shack produce our Moisturising Bars, and they use beeswax as one of the main materials to do so.
Beeswax is a great alternative to synthetic chemicals used in many moisturisers. As well as being far more sustainable than petroleum based jellies used in moisturisers, beeswax provides anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial benefits to the user.
We love how Mersea Mudd Shack go out of their way to source materials that are local, and renewable as well. Coming in beautiful minimalist packaging, there are no single use plastic bottles used here.
Mersea Mudd Shack also provide our Organic Peppermint Shampoo Bars for this gift. To wrap their Shampoo Bars, they use tissue paper - a fantastic lightweight alternative to plastic casing.
Single use plastic pollution is a huge problem on a global scale. Being packaged in tins is both a beautiful and sustainable way of containing the moisturising bars. 300 million tonnes of plastic are produced every year, 50% of which is single use.
By using reusable tins, Mersea Mudd Shack does not contribute to this massive amount of plastic entering our oceans and seas every year.
Due to the difficulty in recycling plastic, only 9% of all plastic ever produced has been recycled. The rest of it ends up in landfill, being incinerated or in the natural environment.
This stat emphasises the point of reusing rather than relying on recycling. In the UK, the recycling situation is a lot worse than it seems. This is due to much of our recycling being exported to other countries to be recycled there. Up until 2018, this country was China.
Since the 1980s, China has been importing plastic waste. This is due to importing plastic waste, rather than producing their own plastic domestically, is far cheaper. Since 1992, China had been importing 45% of the world's waste.
However, in 2018 China implemented their National Sword Programme. This meant that China would only import plastic waste of 99.5% purity.
In turn, this meant that much of the plastic waste the UK was sending was now being returned, as the standard percentage purity is far lower than 99.5%.
Before the official ban on plastic waste not up to Chinese standards, there was never a guarantee that any waste exported to China was actually being recycled.
Governments such as the UK and US actively turned a blind eye to the possibility that their plastic waste was just being illegally dumped or burned in other countries.
Part of the reason for this out of sight, out of mind thinking is to do with how recycling rates are counted. In the UK, any waste that is exported for recycling is automatically counted as recycled.
As soon as it leaves the port, the shipment of plastic waste being exported boosts recycling numbers. There is no follow up on what actually happens to the plastic waste.
There have been lots of incidents where plastic waste has just been illegally dumped in China, due to the inability to recycle the waste because of poor quality.
This was confirmed first hand in 2016, when an American recycling firm tracked their shipment of exported plastic waste to China. They found that any plastic that wasn't recyclable was just being dumped in the nearby canyon.
This is just one case, and there will be many more unaccounted for.
Natural Rosewood Soap Bar
Our Soap Bars are produced by The Solid Bar Company.
They use tins also, and keep their packaging plastic free by using plant based wrapping inside of the tin. Single use plastic wrapping is highly unlikely to get recycled, and even when it does there are still issues.
Plastic recycling relies hugely on everything happening correctly, at every step of the process.
If a certain type of plastic, say PVC, is incorrectly mixed in with a batch of PET, the whole batch could be sent to landfill.
This kind of mix up is known as recycling contamination, and results in a huge amount of waste being sent to landfill or for incineration every year.
In this particular case, PVC actually breaks down to form an acid because of the high temperatures required. PET needs high temperatures to soften and break it down.
At the same temperatures, PVC breaks down to form hydrochloric acid. As a result, the PET is damaged from the acidity and becomes too low a quality to be recycled.
This means the whole batch of PET affected will be sent to landfill, and will not be recycled.
Because The Solid Bar Company use plant based wrapping made from renewable resources, they ensure that their packaging is much better for the environment in the production process.
Renewable resources have far lower carbon footprints, due to the plants used in the packaging capturing and sequestering carbon. Conventional plastics such as PET are extremely carbon intensive at every stage from cradle to grave.
So even if the plant based wrapping ends up in landfill, it will have the most minimal impact on the environment compared to conventional fossil based plastic wrapping.
Organic Lip Balm
Heavenly Organics produce our Natural Lip Balms. Using natural ingredients such as shea butter and cocoa butter, they know how to make amazing lip balms the natural way.
Shea butter has been proven to provide an anti-inflammatory service to skin. It also provides emollient properties, giving a long lasting moisturizing effect to the lips.
Organic Cotton Reusable Scrubbies
Our Scrubbies are made by Beanie Queen, an independent producer who uses high quality organic cotton to make their products.
Coming in a range of shades, there are lots of options to choose from to make your shower / bath time a colourful place to be.
As well as being super soft on the skin, cotton is an environmentally friendly alternative to polyester.
Polyester scrubbies are becoming less popular due microplastics being released every time they are used to wash.
Microplastics are a huge problem, and they are being found at the ocean depths as well as mountain tops. Microplastics are still relatively unresearched, but as they are becoming more prominent in our daily lives, more work is being carried out to understand the effects they have on health.
PET, a common plastic, has been linked with hormone disruption. This could lead to health issues including fertility issues.
Microplastics are pieces of plastic that are less in 5mm in size.
Primary microplastics are created less than 5mm in size, and include clothing fibres, pellets and nurdles.
Secondary microplastics are pieces of plastic that have been broken down into smaller pieces.
Most plastics will break down at some rate, but won't biodegrade. Secondary microplastics can be formed from plastic water bottles, cutlery and most other plastic objects.
Through this blog, we've covered exactly what our Organic Pampering Gift Set contains, as well as our motivations behind making it. We've also gone over several points that explain why we choose the producers and items that we chose to include in our gift.
Gifts For Eco Warriors
By maintaining our key environmental values with every order made, we are the perfect place to find gifts for eco warriors.
Designing our gifts for eco warriors around the values of using renewable materials, and sending the most minimal amount of waste to landfill possible, our gifts are fantastic alternatives to conventional gifts.
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