Products with plastic-free packaging

Plastic Pollution Coalition’s pledge to refuse single-use and disposable plastic sounds great, but how does one practically do that? I’ve created a list here of products with environmentally friendly packaging.

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StellaMare Reed Diffuser – almost plastic-free

There’s another brand of diffuser called “Pacifica”, which I believe is the same company. The packaging is all paper except for a rubber band, a foil seal, and a plastic stopper. I’m always so happy to see products like this that prove we don’t need plastic “windows” in boxes to see the product, and we don’t need the box shrink wrapped either, thank you very much.

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Organic Essence Lip Balm – Plastic free

Here’s a lip balm with a paper “eco tube”. Nice! I enjoyed reading on the company site that this innovation came from consumer demand. So let’s not stay quiet, huh?

Here’s what Organic Essence has to say about their “eco tube”: Continue reading

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Emerita Tampons – Plastic-free

How hard is it to find tampons without the plastic wrapper? “Impossible,” you say? I thought so too. But here they are, from Emerita. I especially appreciate that the company has described the wrapper packaging on the box. How awesome it would be if all products did that? “Protective Wrap: Cellulose Paper.”  Everything else is cardboard or cotton.

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Santa Cruz Organic Soda, plastic-free

Plastic-free packaging

Aluminum cans in a cardboard box. No plastic rings. As a bonus, 100% of electricity used to make the product is offset with certified renewable energy. I’m seeing a lot of canned soda packaged in boxes these days, so I think six-pack rings are becoming less of an issue. Soda in bottles is still very plasticky. Even if you find a glass container, the cap is usually lined with plastic.

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Burt’s Bees Lip Balm: Petition

Metal tin, plastic seal

Metal tin, plastic seal

This is a wonderful lip balm, and I love the metal tin. One problem — Burt’s adds a plastic seal around the edge. <sigh> Please let Burt’s know how much you’d love to see this product plastic free. When we get 100 encouraging words, we’ll send it on to Burt’s Bees.

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Eco Nuts Liquid Laundry Detergent, plastic-free

Aluminum bottle, plastic-free

Aluminum bottle, plastic-free packaging

Super-concentrated liquid detergent comes in plastic-free food-grade coated aluminum bottle. It is totally plastic-free, unlike every other liquid detergent I’ve seen . What’s inside the bottle sounds pretty good too: soapberry extract, vegetable glycerin, olive leaf extract, Potassium Sorbate and Sodium Benzoate (food grade preservatives)

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Natural Selection Waxed Paper Bags

Plastic bag alternative

Here’s a great alternative to plastic sandwich bags. Outer packaging is cardboard. Unbleached waxed paper bags can be used in the microwave. As Natural Value’s website suggests:

Live well. Spend less. Feel good about the little things you do to make the world a better place.

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