It’s easy to go on autopilot when it comes to the way the products you buy are packaged, especially when there’s an industry standard that few deviate from. This is the way the oral health industry works. Store aisles are a sea of plastic. Your choices are usually limited to the traditional tube or a plastic pump. The problem is, plastic, although it’s the status quo, isn’t the best choice. Here’s why you should switch to glass.
1. You Care About the Environment
Glass can be reused and recycled endlessly. Its quality doesn’t diminish no matter how many times it’s made into something new. Plastic, on the other hand, can only be recycled a maximum of nine times, but the reality is it’s recycled far less than that. Just 8% of plastic is recycled, sending a whopping 26.8 million tons per year to landfills. Not all of it makes its way to landfills, though. The “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” which is now three times the size of France, is mostly comprised of plastic. About 90% of seabirds now have plastic in their stomachs and one-in-three species of marine mammals have been entangled in it. Glass doesn’t impact the environment the same way and almost 27% of it gets recycled.
2. You Care About Your Health
Many chemicals used in the production of plastic are associated with health issues, such as cancer, diabetes, birth defects, asthma, and infertility. One of the most well-known ones is Bisphenol A (BPA), which researchers discovered is present in 93% of people ages six and up. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences released data showing there may be cause for concern and suggests those who want to avoid BPA use glass, porcelain, or stainless steel instead.
3. You Care About Quality
Plastic and metal tubes often split at the seams when you try to role or bend the tube, which is not only messy, but gives bacteria an invasion point, possibly contaminating your whole tube of toothpaste. That’s not a concern with glass. Plus, certain ingredients lose potency or degrade their packaging when they’re stored in plastic. Plant-based essential oils, such as those found in ORL products, are a prime example. The best way to store them is in glass.
Make the Mindful Choice
If you’ve been looking for a natural toothpaste and other oral health care products that are made with mindful practices, try ORL. Our pH-neutral formula is fortified with organic xylitol, vitamins and minerals, and plant-based essential oils that allow you to rebuild and maintain your oral health as Mother Nature intended and without harmful ingredients, plus comes in an array of fresh flavors your whole family will love. And, you’ll only find them in glass packages. Visit our online shop for details.