Elemental Promise | Sustainability & The Environment
We are a small home-based company. Everything is hand made in small batches. This does not give us much leverage in terms of pricing or sourcing at this time, but we are always looking to do better.
Our current 'green' initiatives include packaging changes and supporting a plastic neutral movement.
We've partnered up with rePurpose Global to become plastic neutral. They are an amazing initiative that I use both for Elemental Promise and personally.
Learning about our human impact on the world and what it really means to recycle was eye-opening.
Our labels are currently not compostable or recyclable. You must remove the label and toss into the trash before attempting to recycle or compost our packaging.
We are pursuing bio-based labels and inks, but they are very expensive and for now they remain beyond our scope.
We have switched all of our 'stick' products to cardboard, which is biodegradable, home-compostable, and recyclable. Simply peel off the label before recycling or composting.
Our biggest challenge with these tubes is sourcing. My goal is to eventually get a steady supplier who makes them in either the United States, Canada, or Mexico. Reducing our carbon footprint is important.
There are also plans to move all of our salves into stick form, including the larger sizes.
All of our plastic jars have changed from virgin plastic to post-industrial resin (PIR) resin. While this isn't the most ideal solution, the jars are recyclable and made from recycled material.
Eventually we may move to paperboard jars, but those aren't ideal for our body butters. They are also very expensive.
Our teas are now packaged in cellulose-based cellophane bags. This is compostable and biodegradable.
Our remaining products, the lip balms are still in plastic. We are currently working to find a solution that won't impact cost or quality.
We are open to any and all suggestions.
*A Note About Biodegradable*
Once it heads to a landfill many biodegradable materials are unable to break down as they can't get the amount of oxygen needed to go through the process.