Plastic versus glass and the implications of carbon footprints

Today's society makes many demands on us and not a day goes past without us being challenged to reduce carbon footprints.rrr

We are constantly reminded that " greener is cleaner" and to uphold this concept we are obliged to make responsible choices.
In the cosmetic industry essential factors have to be taken into consideration to capture consumer attention in competitive market areas. Some interesting facts emerge regarding the use of plastic as against glass.


Firstly organic consumers are more likely to choose glass which is clean, transparent and enhances the visibility of the product within. Glass presents quality, lengthens shelf life and recycled glass is converted into more glass, whereas plastics perform differently in this manner.

The disadvantages are that glass is heavy, thereby energy intensive regarding transportation. Glass is brittle and can splinter and is generally not child friendly. Interestingly, glass consumes almost 3 times more energy than plastic.

Plastic is light which is energy efficient and modern polymers do not leach harmful chemicals, they are extremely stable and resistant to breakage. Polymers can be modified to look like glass and allow for a high degree of design freedom creating the appearance of wood, metal or leather. Plastics allow for rigidity or flexibility if a liquid product has to be squeezed out.

The disadvantages of plastic are those not recycled end up in landfills and can take 10-30 years to decompose. You may then ask, what happens to recycled plastic? Fortunately most ends up as by-products to be used in various industries & so the cycle continues...

The upside is that modern technology will persevere to ensure that carbon footprints are reduced.

Matsimela is promoting their reduce, re-use & recycle campaign from Tuesday 21st August whereby customers coming into our stores, may bring their 200ml plastic bath soak & salt scrub containers in & get a 10% off their purchase!