Why doesn't Green People use recycled ocean-plastic packaging?

14/05/2020 — By Alexandra Julian

Why doesn't Green People use recycled ocean-plastic packaging?

As an eco-conscious company, our packaging has always been readily recyclable* and over the years we have invested a lot of time improving our packaging while maintaining the quality of our products.

Most recently we introduced carbon-neutral sugar cane plastic tubes, but we appreciate that some of our customers may question why we chose this packaging over other eco-alternatives.


The problem with ocean plastic - contamination

With concerns growing about the harm plastic and microplastics can cause our oceans we felt it was important to investigate alternative sources of packaging. It was equally important that we continue to deliver high quality skin care suitable for even the most sensitive skin.

While post-consumer recycled plastic is a great alternative to virgin plastic, these materials can absorb colours, toxins and odours from the sea and their original contents.

If we believe there is even a small risk that something could contaminate our products, disturb the delicate skin balance or toxify the body, we exclude it from even coming into contact with our products. Whilst the risk of contamination from ocean plastic is small, we could not risk it having a detrimental effect on the products our customers trust to care for their sensitive skin.


Opting against glass

Ultimately, we want to deliver our products in the eco-friendliest way possible and our journey to new packaging saw us discount many options that put simply, we felt did not go far enough to make a difference to the packaging threat our seas are facing.

Some consider glass to be more eco-friendly than plastic packaging, but the energy required to make glass would outweigh any environmental benefits glass has over plastic.

In addition to this, glass is much heavier than plant-based packaging and this would mean that transporting this material would use much more energy, and would require us to use significantly more protective – and heavier – packaging.

Because customer safety is extremely important to us we were also concerned that glass could be hazardous in a slippery shower or a bathroom environment.

Why we chose sugar cane

So that we can continue to meet our customers skin care needs while minimising our environmental impact, we are excited to be switching our packaging to recyclable, carbon neutral packaging which is made from sustainable, renewable sugar cane plastic.

In addition to being entirely recyclable, it has a favourable carbon emissions profile. For every kilo of sugar cane plastic produced, 3 kilos of CO2 gas is removed from our atmosphere. This exchange can be described as being climate positive and you can find out more about this here.


Discover our marine-safe sun creams

Our sun creams were the first products that we switched to sugar cane packaging. Discover award-winning, marine-safe sun protection now:


Scent Free Sun Cream - SPF30 200ml

Scent Free Sun Cream - SPF30 200ml

High factor fragrance-free SPF30 sun cream suitable for sensitive skin


Edelweiss Sun Cream with Tan Accelerator - SPF15 100ml

Edelweiss Sun Cream with Tan Accelerator - SPF15 100ml

Travel-size organic SPF15 sun cream with tan accelerator


Organic Children Scent Free Sun Cream - SPF30 150ml

Organic Children Scent Free Sun Cream - SPF30 150ml

High factor scent free SPF30 suitable for children with sensitive skin