Although packaging varies in style, from traditional tubes through pumps, virtually all oral health care products today are sold in plastic containers. It may be standard, but it isn’t necessarily best. Here’s why you should choose glass next time around.
1. Glass is Endlessly Recyclable
The quality of plastic diminishes as it’s recycled more, so it can only be recycled 7-9 times before it’s trash. The quality of glass doesn’t diminish with repeated recycling and it can continue being recycled indefinitely.
2. Glass Gets Recycled More
Only about 8% of plastic is recycled, but 26.6% of glass is recycled. That means 26.8 million tons of plastic hit landfills every year, whereas 7 million tons of glass does.
3. Glass is Less of an Environmental Concern
The “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” which is mostly made of plastic, is now three times the size of France. Researchers say one-in-three species of marine mammals have been found entangled in litter and a whopping 90% of all seabirds have plastic pieces in their stomachs. Issues like this simply aren’t associated with glass at all.
4. Glass is BPA-Free
A while back, the CDC discovered 93% of people ages six and up have detectable levels of Bisphenol A (BPA) in their bodies. It’s a chemical used in the production of certain plastics and is a hormone disruptor that behaves like estrogen, so it’s linked to reproductive issues, heart disease, diabetes, weight, asthma, and certain types of cancer. Glass is a natural product, made without BPA.
5. Glass is Free of Other Dangerous Chemicals
Avoiding BPA-containing plastics only goes so far. There are lots of health concerns associated with plastic, including cancer and hormone disruption, and that’s true of BPA-free plastic too. Glass is inert, meaning it doesn’t react to the things it comes in contact with, and it’s impermeable. In this sense, it doesn’t contain the harmful chemicals to start with and won’t pick them up either.
6. Glass is the Ideal Storage for Essential Oils
Although not all oral health care products contain plant-based essential oils, ORL’s line incorporates several that have been shown to help reduce cavities, decrease plaque, diminish inflammation, and more. Researchers say the best way to preserve essential oils is with glass.
7. Glass is Resilient
Forget the great debate about whether you’re supposed to roll or squeeze the tube and skip those (plastic) clips designed to help you get the last drop. Glass lets you avoid all these hassles and doesn’t split at the seams like plastic or metal tubes do, so there’s less mess and no avenue for bacteria to enter the tube.
Make the Switch to Glass
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.