The Great Packaging Debate January 19, 2016 21:00
I love my job. If you follow Hipbees on instagram, then you know how much I love my job. There are SO MANY things to love!
- Working from home so I can be with my kids.
- Making a product that I know is nourishing and free from cancer-causing chemicals.
- Meeting all kinds of like-minded people.
There is one thing that I really, really do NOT like about my job....
Here it is folks, the seedy underbelly of making any kind of personal care products:
- Raw materials that I buy are NOT all local, some are shipped from far away :(
- Packaging that I buy is made and shipped from far away:(
- Although recyclable, the plastic packaging I use is still at the end of the day: Plastic :(
This really really really bugs me.
It bothers me so much that I have considered no longer making Hipbees because I do not want to contribute to the piles and plies of garbage we humans are producing.
It is true that I have several people who wash their glass containers, and give them back to me to refill (and I take $3.00 off per product to encourage this type of action). But sadly you cannot do this with plastic, as it does break down over time and becomes a great breeding ground for yucky bacteria.
So what is a Hipbee making momma to do?
Instead of giving up, I have found some compostable paper tubes. It is only one tiny tiny tiny solution to a BIG problem. These tubes are not perfect! They are not made in Canada, but once you peel the label off they can be composted. I am also sourcing other compostable corn-based "plastics" made right here in Canada.
In the cardboard tubes I will possibly put balms, salves, deodorants, and some new products that are coming out in February (if the cardboard tube is a success).
I am asking you friends, family, and lovers of Hipbees, for a little feedback. What do you think of the idea of the cardboard tube? Do you have thoughts or suggestions? I would love to hear them! Please only kind remarks in the comment section.
If you prefer, please email me directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would be willing to try out the deodorant (free of charge) in a cardboard tube: Comment on the instagram post or the facebook post.
Thanks for reading. I appreciate your time.