GLASS AN ALTERNATIVE?
It is the ultimate sustainable product that is non-toxic, its contents have a longer shelf life, and research has shown that people like the aesthetics of how their products look like packaged in glass. • Chemically inert • Doesn't degrade • Environmentally-friendly • Impermeable & Non-porous • Longer shelf life • Non-toxic • Recyclable indefinitely without loss of quality This means glass not only will not leach into the product it contains, but it also guards the product content and ingredients from moisture and oxygen. This will result in pure products that are fresher and have a long shelf life.
However, only the right type of glass will work. Light infiltration through clear glasses can break down photosensitive compounds such as essential oils, botanicals, some vegetable oils, and other frail butters and oils often used in beauty products. Like beer and wine, there's a good reason why these products are packaged in dark glasses. Dark glasses preserve the natural ingredients in the product better! Plastic packaging for instance, has been a long time favourite for product companies to use due to its low cost production and shipment, and seemingly better aesthetics especially for softer tube packaging. However, plastic may not be so fantastic – it can release harmful compounds and absorb certain ingredients of the products.
There's been a significant amount of research into the safety of consumer product containers. Most of it has focused on a compound called Bisphenol A, or BPA. The problem with plastic is that it can leach BPA into the products it contains, resulting in an adulterated product that may be detrimental to our health. Research has also shown that BPA can be absorbed through the skin, meaning that hair and beauty products packaged in plastic can junk up your system with BPA.
If that isn't enough, plastic can also absorb and potentially corrupt nonpolar ingredients such as essential oils, which are often found in beauty products. This means that beauty projects sold in plastic containers may be corrupted.