Eco-Nature Care™ is committed to using only what we need and we encourage you to do the same. We don’t use any superfluous ingredients in our products like added color and we apply the same minimized philosophy to our packaging. You might have noticed that we don’t use bottles with pumps and other froufrou features because they really aren’t necessary. Both are bottles are caps are made of the same recyclable aluminum. This means that the cap and bottle can be easily recycled in one place.
Bottles with pumps and other components are much more complicated. The bottles may be recyclable but the springs, straw, and pump are not. Over time these excess pieces can really add up and end up in landfills.
Earth911 is a cool website that features a search engine where you can entire what you want to recycle and your zip code to find facilities near you. Out of curiosity, I searched for plastics numbers 1-7 and bottle caps within 25 miles of Lake Grove, Oregon (Eco-Nature Care HQ). Here are some of my findings:
# 1 Plastic PET or PETE (clear water bottle plastic) can be recycled in 29 locations.
# 2 Clear HDPE can be recycled in 31 locations.
# 2 Colored HDPE can be recycled in 35 locations.
#3 Plastic can be recycled in 21 locations.
# 4 Plastic LDPE can be recycled in 20 locations.
#5 Plastic Polypropylene can be recycled in 21 locations.
# 6 Plastic Polystyrene can be recycled in 30 locations.
# 7 Plastic Other Can be recycled in 20 locations.
Plastic Bottle Caps can be recycled in 1 location, the downtown Aveda Store.
(I went to the Aveda website and I applaud them for offering a recycling option but at the present they only accept rigid plastic caps and will not accept any plastic caps that you can bend with your hands.)
Really? Only one place to recycle plastic caps and no options for plastic pumps? While it seems like there are quite a few plastic recycling options, it is worth noting that many of them only accept certain types of plastic or even specialize in one type. You would need to drive all over town to properly dispose of all of the recyclable parts and again, the pump ends up in the trash.
I did a similar search for aluminum.
Aluminum can be recycled in 40 locations. The Eco-Nature Care cap and bottle are recycled in the same place and nothing ends up in the landfill.
The simplified one-material, renewable aluminum packaging of Eco-Nature Care™ helps facilitate recycling and minimizes waste.
We hope that you will make the small sacrifice of being without a pump in the spirit of “less is more”!