Are you looking to reduce your impact on the environment around you? You may have already swapped plastic straws for metal ones or started bringing reusable shopping bags with you to the store. But what about household cleaning products?
Even if they’re housed in plastic containers, it’s possible that what's inside isn't great for our planet. Read on to learn more about why you should switch to reusable bottles when it comes time to tackle those tricky messes around the home.
Are Cleaning Products in Plastic Packaging Bad for the Environment?
Yes. 1000% yes. The production of cleaning product bottles is responsible for significant pollution, directly due to factory emissions and indirectly due to the crude oil extraction process.
As this type of plastic is typically not biodegradable, the majority of these bottles are discarded after a single use and end up in landfills or as litter. Unfortunately, plastic can take hundreds if not thousands of years to degrade naturally and often ends up breaking down into small micro-plastic particles that enter our environment.
These tiny pieces of plastic are found virtually everywhere on earth, including in our soil, water sources, food chain, and even the air we breathe. This type of pollution is hazardous for many reasons; it can disrupt marine life ecosystems, cause physical damage to animals who ingest it, interfere with fish reproduction cycles, and affect human health when ingested through contaminated food or drinking water.
In order to reduce the amount of plastic pollution created by cleaning product bottles, people should consider recycling their empty containers or transitioning to more environmentally friendly alternatives whenever possible.
Glass vs. Plastic Packaging
Glass bottles for cleaning products are a great option for those looking for an aesthetically pleasing and durable container. Not only do they look nice on a shelf, but glass is also much less likely to discolor or corrode over time with frequent use.
Plus, most glass bottle designs have a tighter seal around the nozzle than plastic options to prevent leakage and keep your liquids fresher and longer. Though they’re typically heavier than plastic bottles, they can come in various shapes and sizes to suit your needs.
Plastic spray bottles are a cheaper alternative that can still get the job done with fewer aesthetic concerns. However, using household cleaners with plastic bottles has plenty of downfalls. For starters, plastic is not biodegradable and releases harmful toxins into the environment when burned or disposed of.
Plastic pollution is one of the greatest environmental threats currently facing our planet. Not only does it take hundreds of years to decompose, but its particles are also extremely small and difficult to collect, meaning it often ends up in natural ecosystems.
As a result, plastic has been found in the stomachs of marine life, contaminating waterways and disrupting food chains. Even when plastic is disposed of properly via recycling, it still takes a significant amount of energy to break down into its usable components, making the process an inefficient source of material for reuse.
Even more concerning, some plastics contain toxic chemicals like BPA that can be harmful to human health.
Benefits of Reusable Cleaning Products Packaging
Reusable containers are becoming increasingly popular, with more people using them each day to reduce their environmental footprint. Not only do these containers last longer, but they come in all shapes and sizes to suit any storage needs. Opting for reusable packaging and utilizing glass containers is a great way to reduce the amount of solid waste entering our landfills.
The use of reusable items instead of single-use packaging can cut down on the amount of waste by up to 86%. This is because a single reusable item can be used for much longer than its single-use counterpart, thus eliminating hundreds of single-use packaging items from entering landfills.
Apart from the positive environmental impacts of switching from plastic cleaning containers to reusable ones, plenty more benefits are offered. These benefits include the following:
- A reduction in CO2: Reusable packaging not only reduces carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions but also has the potential to reduce water consumption by up to 80%. This is due to the fact that single-use packaging requires more water in its lifetime for production, recycling, and disposal.
- Minimizing waste: Using reusable packaging also helps minimize waste because it does not require additional resources or energy to be expended to recycle or remanufacture single-use packaging.
- Products keep their quality: This type of packaging can help maintain product quality over longer periods.
- Lowers transportation costs: Reducing transportation costs through reduced weight and fewer trips needed for delivery.
- Recycling materials can occur: Reusable models are circular because they recover the used packaging at the end of its useful life, allowing materials to be recycled and reused to create new packages.
Tru Earth's Eco-Friendly Household Cleaner Is Your Answer!
So, now that purchasing cleaning products in plastic containers isn't a great option, what's next? Luckily we have your solution! By choosing Tru Earth’s disinfecting multi-surface cleaner, you are selecting a revolutionary product that makes cleaning easy and efficient.
Not only does it kill 99% of bacteria, fungi, mold, and viruses on hard surfaces, but it is also incredibly sustainable. Instead of using wasteful single-use bottles to clean with, you can simply use one strip in a reusable spray bottle. Plus, the strip itself is made from plant-based ingredients, so it's kind to the environment and won't harm your family or the environment.
To use this multi-surface cleaner, you must dissolve one strip into 250ml of hot water in a spray bottle and shake until fully dissolved. It couldn't be simpler! With our product, you can protect your family from germs while also protecting the environment. Yes, we are aware; it's a win-win situation!
Join the Tru Earth Movement Today
As many as 2.5 billion plastic cleaning bottles end up in landfills yearly, an alarming statistic. This number accounts for bottles used to contain all sorts of cleaning products, from laundry detergent to toilet bowl cleaner and dishwashing liquid.
Our company, Tru Earth, has tackled reducing this number by creating a groundbreaking disinfecting multi-purpose cleaner. Instead of using a traditional plastic bottle, this cleaner comes in a biodegradable cardboard sleeve that eliminates the need for plastic and helps reduce waste and keep our environment clean.
Each strip of cleaner keeps one plastic bottle out of landfills — enough for us to positively impact our planet! Because there are no harsh chemicals or toxins present in the product, users can feel safe knowing they are making an eco-friendly decision free from dangerous chemicals.
In short, Tru Earth is revolutionizing how we clean while helping save our planet — something we can all be proud of! The Tru Earth Movement is inspiring people all around the world to go green and make sustainable changes.
Each and every person who has joined the movement is taking small steps toward making our planet a better place to live in. Whether using eco-friendly products or learning about ways to reduce energy consumption, their actions set a strong example for others to follow. Together, we have greatly impacted our environment by reducing the number of plastic jugs in landfills.