Sustainable Products Need Sustainable Packaging
At Stream2Sea, we work hard to ensure that our products are safe not only for you and your family, but also for the sustainability of our planet. To reduce our impact on the environment, we make sure that our packaging is as green and sustainable as the products themselves.
Together we are doing better!
All Stream2Sea products use sugarcane resin tubes or recycled milk jugs, except for the lip balms. We are actively working towards making their packaging more sustainable as well. Please recycle and ask your other favorite brands to consider making the switch to sugarcane-based bio-packaging, recycled or biodegradable materials as well.
Sugarcane Resin Tubes: A Viable Option to Standard Plastic
You know how ethanol can be made from corn instead of petroleum? Well, now PET packaging can be made from sugarcane waste instead of petroleum-based fossil fuels! We chose to use sugarcane resin tubes as a viable alternative to traditional PET plastic tubes. They are made from the pulp after the sugar juices have been expelled. This pulp – once treated as a waste product and burned – can now be utilized as a valuable product which reduces our greenhouse emissions.
Like ethanol made from corn, the pulp is fermented and distilled. The ethanol is then dehydrated to create ethylene, which is then converted into polyethylene, a bio-based material. This material is identical to traditional petrochemical-based plastics — except for the carbon footprint that went into making it! The texture, durability, weight, appearance and shelf life are exactly the same.
* Growing sugar cane absorbs carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air. For every kilogram of ‘green’ plastic produced, 3.09 kilograms of CO2 are removed from the air by the sugar cane.
100% Recyclable & Low carbon foodprint!
Repurposing Milk Jugs
Stream2Sea’s large 32-ounce bottles are made of plastic milk jugs and water bottles that would otherwise end up in a landfill – at least hopefully they would because about a third of all plastics produced escape collection systems and end up in the ocean. Every pound of our resins diverts approximately 10 milk jugs from America’s waste stream and the world’s oceans.
Amazon insists on ‘plastic’ baggies, so we use biodegradable ones!
To meet the ‘liquid requirements’ and ship our products through Amazon, they need to be placed inside a ‘plastic’ baggie. We struggled with this, and finally sourced a ‘Green Line’ biodegradable, re-usable plastic bag. We encourage reuse of this bag, then either recycle with other LDPE plastics or send to the landfill where it is proven to biodegrade.