Minimising waste

Bottles for life

What’s the point of chucking a perfectly good bottle in the bin?
We believe it makes much more sense for bottles to be used again and again. If they are designed beautifully and well made, there’s no reason why they can’t be re-used at least 20 times. All you need do is rinse them, together with their dispensers, in warm water and they’ll look as good as new and ready for another refill.

By doing this you are eliminating the CO2 emissions required to make another bottle – and making a big contribution to reducing plastic waste.

We realise, if we’re asking you to have a long-term relationship with our bottles rather than a brief fling, we need to make them well. Cheap thin plastic that creaks and cracks, and labels that fall off, have never been part of our plan. You’ll know what we mean when they arrive through the post.

Splosh bottles are always made from partly recycled material – currently around 30%. We’re looking to increase this figure in the future. The recycled material either comes from pre-consumer waste or former milk bottles. All our bottles, being natural HDPE, can enter the ‘recycling’ stream when they have finally worn out.

We don’t use labels, as they would wear off in time, so all our bottles are printed with an extra long life ink.

Our dispensers are designed to be tough and reliable too. Dispensers are typically not recyclable, so it’s essential they are re-used as many times as possible. We make that possible – with a minimum of effort.

Transforming packaging

Aside from our bottles. what other packaging do we have?

Sachets

Splosh concentrates come in PVOH (polyvinyl alcohol) a non-toxic, water-soluble polymer. Once placed in warm water PVOH biodegrades first into acetic acid (the main component of vinegar) and then into carbon dioxide and water.

Trays

Our sachets come in trays. They are made from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (usually known as RPET), which is a very widely used packaging material. The trays can be recycled easily, with the recycling stream fully geared up to accept the material.

In any case, it’s much better to find a second use for our trays. Rinse them carefully in warm water to make sure there is no concentrate on them and then consider these uses:
● pencil and pen tray
● cress seed tray
● cutlery tray storage
● haberdashery storage
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The plastic used to produce our trays is more than 95% less than the plastic used to make the equivalent number of bottles.

We are currently looking at even better plans, where the trays are returned to us – so they can potentially be used again and again. Watch this space.

Film over trays

The film over the tray, which weighs approximately 1g is made from coated polyester. We need to have the polyester coated so it can be peeled. Unfortunately this makes it non-recyclable. Here, until a suitable material comes along, the only place for it once it’s been used – is the bin.

Boxes

Splosh bottles and refills come in card boxes. The boxes are made from non-toxic 100% recyclable (or compostable) cardboard.
Here are some ideas for giving them a second use:
● pencil storage
● postcard storage
● fire-lighters
● odd and ends storage

Do let us know if you have some other clever ideas.

Straps around the boxes

Our delivery boxes need to be secure and child-proof. We make sure of this by putting two tight bands around each boxes, which can only be removed by cutting. They are made of polypropylene (PP). The straps are potentially recyclable but currently, not readily acceptable into the recycling stream. After use, the best place for them is, regrettably, the bin. As soon as a recycled version of this material comes along – we’ll use it.