Updated: Nov 5, 2020
At Nourish Soaps soaps I only use pure, natural ingredients in my soaps and creams and my packaging has always been biodegradable, meaning it is made out of paper, not plastic.
Well, that’s lovely!
However, when one looks a bit deeper we find that not all paper is that friendly.
Well let’s look at that lovely packaging - that beautiful soap is enclosed with paper card and it has some cheerful printing and a sticker, surely that will all breakdown quite quickly and the planet will be a healthier place for it?
Maybe so but actually things are a little more complex than that..
Looking at a bigger picture, into how paper is sourced and made, what makes the inks, and that little plastic sticker, I realised it was more than just being able to say ‘biodegradable’ - if I was going to ‘talk the talk’ I needed to ‘walk the walk’! Hence my commitment to ensure eco friendly packaging for all Nourish Soaps products!
I am so excited to share with you that all Nourish Soaps are packaged in a paper board that is FSC accredited. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a global organisation that has a set of standards which its members must comply with. It sets certain standards as to which types of wood are acceptable or not;
Illegally harvested wood
Wood harvested in violation of traditional and human rights
Wood harvested in forests in which high conservation values (HCVs) are threatened by management activities
Wood harvested in forests being converted to plantations or non-forest use
Wood from forests in which genetically-modified trees are planted
Forestry South Africa has long been a member of the FSC, with some of the biggest forestry and paper companies as its members (eg Mondi; SAPPI; MTO).
FSC forest management certification confirms that the forest is being managed in a way that preserves biological diversity and benefits the lives of local people and workers while ensuring it sustains economic viability. Pretty awesome hey?!
And what about the small print? It seemed counter-productive to have this FSC paper and then to print on it using a petrochemical-based ink.
Cheaper, sure, and who would notice?
Small changes make a big difference in the long run. Printing with solvent inks results in evaporation. If the carrier of the ink is petroleum-based, it can result in emissions such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The compounds are released into the air during the printing process and when the printing machinery is cleaned or handled. Volatile organic compounds are known to pose dangers to our health, and they aren’t solely found in petroleum-based inks. They are also in everyday household products too, such as cleaning products, air freshers and sometimes, furniture!
At Nourish Soaps all the printing on packaging is done using eco-friendly vegetable-based inks. Oils used in vegetable-based inks are soy, linseed (flax), canola, and safflower. Soybean and linseed oil are the two most prominent. Each type of oil comes with its own advantages; for example, soybean oil is relatively clear so it can provide more vivid colors than petroleum-based oils. Vegetable-based inks often employ a blend of oils to maximize quality and minimize drying times.
And finally, the product information sticker on the box is made from paper, not a piece of plastic.
We know that you, our loyal Nourish Soap client, appreciate natural and pure products and you care about your health, your family’s wellbeing, and the environment. We are proud to be able to contribute in a small way to your lifestyle and the sustainability of the planet.