Our commitment to being Eco friendly and Affordable
This is because fully biodegradable, indelible labels haven't been available on the market for a long time. As you can imagine, finding something that disintegrates over time but which stays intact long enough for to remain legible is no mean feat! This is why we made the decision to use clear, fully recyclable labels, in a hope to avoid confusion about whether our labels need to be recycled.
As you know, we are in constant talks with our suppliers, trying to find more sustainable processes and produce, and we have recently been informed that a truly biodegradable and indelible label has just arrived on the market! Finally swapping to the fully biodegradable labels is a real possibility. But there is one problem.
At Wild Sage and Co we use only biodegradable or recyclable materials to pack our lovely soaps and balms. Even the packaging nuts we use are made from GM free starch, they literally melt when they come into contact with water.
All of our packaging is biodegradable; our packing tape is made by Eco Craft in the UK, and all the paper or cardboard we use is made from recycled paper. You can also compost most of what we use (we don't suggest putting glass in the compost!
However, cosmetic regulations in the UK require that any product that remains on the skin (i.e. balms and moisturisers) must have an indelible label on the container. Because of this, most natural skin care companies will use either a fully recyclable plastic label or a mix of biodegradable paper with a plastic sheen (which is what makes them indelible).
Changing to biodegradable labels will mean an increase in prices. We are still a very small company and we already absorb many extra costs so that our customers don't have to, for example when the price of oil fluctuates. We are committed to keeping our prices as low as we can so that no one feels like they can't afford our products. However as fully biodegradable labels are so new to the market, they are a lot more expensive than recyclable ones.
We'd love to hear your opinion on this; would you be happy to pay a higher price for biodegradable labels, or should we stick with recyclable?