Eco-friendly packaging and products are important. Here at Me and a Tree, we do everything in our power to make sure we are not harming animals and the environment. This is why we choose natural plant-based materials in our ingredients; however, eco-friendly packaging is important as well. One way we help is by selecting biodegradable packaging peanuts for all of our online orders. You wouldn't want your purchased goodies to break, spill, or leak out during shipping! This is why we choose biodegradable packing peanuts in addition to recycled paper to help protect items while making sure the materials chosen also easily break down in an eco-friendly way. Biodegradable packing peanuts are made from natural, nontoxic sources, such as rice, grain & corn starch. They dissolve in water and can be thrown right into a compost pile after a single-use.
Sometimes people get styrofoam peanuts and eco-friendly packaging peanuts mixed up. They are similar in shape, but the color and material are not even close to the same thing. Eco peanuts, as noted above, are made from 100% biodegradable material and break down easily and can be thrown into your trash bin. Eco peanuts are also softer and are an off white slightly cream color. They are not bright white and hard like styrofoam, which takes a very long time to break down when not exposed to sunlight. There is a green peanut that is also recyclable but not eco-friendly in the breakdown department if not recycled properly. When styrofoam does start to break apart, it floats out to the ocean and often chokes very small animals in the process. Being a cruelty-free company that would not be an option for us but biodegradable packing peanuts is.
Another cool fact about biodegradable packaging is that it breaks down naturally, leaving a much smaller carbon footprint behind. It's great that companies have these options these days and can be more eco-conscious and eco-friendly. It is a little heavier and costly over styrofoam, but we know it's worth it.
We also use "Naked Packaging" for all of our soaps. Minus the small recycled paper with soap names and ingredients (which is required), there is no plastic packaging. Many companies wrap their soaps in cellophane. Soap is over 75% of what we sell. Saving 75% of the plastic that could be used in favor of naked packaging has a substantial positive impact on the environment, and we love that- and know our customers appreciate it too.
When it comes to plastic, technology is still catching up. One thing you can do as a consumer is to make sure your plastic is BPA free and also recyclable. We at Me and a Tree use BPA free packaging and all recyclable materials with minimal packaging. As technology becomes available, we utilize the best and newest cost-effective options available. We are always looking for new and innovative ways to incorporate the most hygienic yet eco-friendly options available.
Lastly, we do not use plastic spheres or pumice in our exfoliators. The reason we choose biodegradable food options (poppy seeds, natural plants herbs, salt, sugar, etc.) in place of plastic beads and pumice is that plastic spheres and pumice don't readily break down and cause detrimental problems for marine life. Please avoid products that include plastic spheres and pumice in their ingredients as they are deadly for the aquatic life in our ocean.
Being an avid scuba diver and water lover -corals in our ocean also do not do well with oxybenzone and harmful chemical sunscreens. Instead, use non-nano particle zinc oxide when entering the ocean, rivers, and streams so that you don't pollute the waters with known coral-killing chemicals as our corals are in sharp decline. Our sunscreen is reef safe and can be used on children as well as adults.
Thank you for reading and choosing eco-friendly & cruelty-free products from Me and a Tree Skincare- we truly appreciate you and your continued support.
Together we truly do make a difference when we support companies that offer eco-friendly packaging and products. It's a great way to enjoy shopping responsibly.