Are Refill Pouches The Most Eco Friendly Packaging?

Feeling confused about eco friendly packaging and what’s really best for the environment? You are not alone! Just like you, we want to do our bit to reduce our environmental impact. We want our families to inherit a bright future with a healthy planet. But sometimes there is so much information available to us that it can become overwhelming.

 

One packaging choice that has become more popular recently is refill pouches. From skincare to laundry, you can purchase refill pouches to cut down on the use of plastics. But are these pouches really a more eco friendly packaging solution? Let’s take a look.

 

What Are Refill Pouches?

Refill pouches (also called flexible packaging) are flooding the market for brands across a variety of industries including beauty, body care, cleaning, and food.

The eco friendly packaging claim goes something like this; you buy the original plastic bottle only once and then when the product runs out, you purchase a refill pouch to top up the bottle. Pouches use less plastic than bottles so by choosing them, you can reduce the number of plastic bottles or containers you use. But is that the whole story?

 

Can Refill Pouches Be Recycled?

Refill pouches do use less plastic than bottles. But many pouches are made up of a combination of materials that makes them unrecyclable. So, in an effort to reduce our plastic use, choosing refill pouches may actually increase the amount of landfill we produce. Not ideal!

 

The CEO of recycling giant TerraCycle, Tom Szaky, had this to say about refill pouches:

“The challenge around this pouch construction is that the layers of different materials are all laminated together, and they cannot be mechanically separated. So, when you go to recycle these materials, the incompatible materials are forged together into one low-end material mixture that has virtually no value and is difficult to use in new product manufacturing.”

Where is the Packaging Made?

The origin of eco friendly packaging is an important consideration, too. That’s because transport of products can significantly impact the environment. For example, importing skincare packaging from overseas has a significantly higher environmental impact than sourcing packaging made locally. Using locally made packaging not only reduces those transport miles, but it helps support local manufacturing, as well as the local economy.

 

Choose Locally Made Recyclable Packaging

Leaving a minimal environmental footprint is important to the Bubba Organics team. That’s why we choose recyclable plastic bottles that are made in Melbourne, Australia.

 

In addition to this, we’re proud to support the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife (FNPW) in their mission to safeguard Australian wilderness and wildlife for future generations. In 2021/22, we’re assisting to plant over 100 trees.

And when you shop our uniquely Australian range, Kakadu Plum & Marshmallow, you also help to support the FNPW initiative, Healing Our Land.

Together, we can all make a difference… each positive impact big or small really does count!