Moss-Grove August Newsletter

News from the Team

How can we help you? What have we been up to? What have we planned?

Jim wonders – where does the packaging go? I read an article recently stating that in the US every year, 400 million toothpaste tubes are discarded. The problem that I can see with toothpaste tubes is that they cannot be recycled as they are made from a mix of different materials including polyethylene microbeads. All will take hundreds of years to bio-degrade. I don’t know if I can find a tube made from just a single plastic that can be recycled or an aluminium tube where you can do the same, but I am certainly going to spend some time looking for one. I will let you know what I find. When we read of these microscopic particles of plastic turning up in the fish that we eat, then we have to wonder just what is going on in the world? The problem isn’t for us perhaps, but it’s what we are going to leave for our children and grandchildren that we have to worry about – and I don’t want to be any part of this. But when you think that this number is only for one article, it makes you wonder just how much waste is produced in the US / UK / China every year – and indeed where does it go? Forest fires have been raging and global-warming seem to be on the increase, yet governments world-wide seem to be sitting on their hands and doing nothing. Maybe it’s time that in the UK we had the Common-Sense Party where matters like this would be looked at and acted upon rather than as it seems, pandering to conglomerates who are only interested in profit.

News from Sheila: Every girl likes to look good (no matter your age) and in this we use every year lots and lots of makeup. If you buy it in a glass bottle or jar, then it has a chance of being recycled, but when it comes to lipstick then it’s a different matter altogether. We don’t have statistics for the UK, but in the US, according the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, discarded lipstick tubes make up nearly 12% of discarded solid plastic waste. The problem with lipstick is the ingredients that can include lead and metals and other components where we can hardly pronounce the name of. Is this healthy for us? As it stands, all of this waste must go to landfill, but in the end, the residue may well leak into the groundwater that we drink and eventually into the sea.

What are Moss-Grove going to do about all of this? The tubes that we use are made from a single material plastic as are the caps and inserts. If you wash out the bottle once finished with and separate the parts, these can safely go to be recycled. The packaging that we use is minimal, but we are looking at ways that we can change for the better.

We are looking for suppliers who can give us the simplest form of tubing that will be easy for our customers to use and will be from partly recycled plastic that itself can be recycled. The tissue paper is made from recycled paper and its dyed with vegetable components. The bags that we use are difficult to recycle and so we are looking to find a company who can provide something made from recycled cardboard or strong paper. But this is not the whole story. What we are trying to do as well is to look at the ingredients we use. As you know, our white-base lotion starts life as distilled water and sunflower oil. To this, we add a blend of plant-based therapeutic essential oils and some other natural ingredients to hold the water and oil in suspension. This week we start a project with the University of the West of Scotland where we are going to find ways to make our products even more natural than they already are. This will take several months, but at the end, we hope that we will have something really exciting to announce. After all, is there anything better than compostable and sustainable packaging made with ingredients that will naturally break down and won’t in the process harm the fish in the sea.

Good things come in small packages: Every week, we make by hand the fresh, new products that we sell. We keep a record of every batch that we make a for a while a small sample as well. Our essential oil suppliers are small businesses too and we have been on the farms to see the plants being grown, harvested and distilled. We are a small company compared to some of the conglomerates selling skin-care and health-care products, but in this, we hope that you agree that we are trying to do our bit to help our customers – and our planet.