It will surprise you, but we have chosen fossil-based plastic and not bio plastic for our bottles. Bio-plastic, whose name is confusing, is not a biodegradable plastic; it simply has a vegetable origin. The problem of the end of life of this plastic remains.
In this case, the one studied for our range, the bio-PE, comes from bagasse, a waste product from sugar cane farming. One of the biggest producers of this vegetable plastic is in Brazil.
Studies show that, overall, this plastic has strong advantages in terms of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
However, the environmental risks linked to it remain important with many transfers of pollution from the associated agricultural production. It is indeed a production from sugar cane whose fields are dedicated to the unique production of this vegetable plastic… The result is :
- water pollution (eutrophication, ecotoxicity) due to the use of fertilizers and pesticides
- air pollution : notably because of the practice of burning sugar cane fields before harvesting which emits a lot of particles, NOx, …
- an indirect contribution to the deforestation of primary forests.
We also talk about social issues: social conditions in Brazil are not yet fully under control, and the working conditions of agricultural workers, particularly for cutting sugar cane, remain difficult. Moreover, this production is in competition with food… The increase in demand for vegetable plastic mobilizes land for sugar cane that is not used for other productions.
At the end of our study using the 8 markers of a complete environmental study*, fossil plastic generated less impacts than vegetable plastic.
The solution to limit our impact would have been to use post-consumer recycled plastic, but the potential risks of contamination made us back off. No risk is conceivable with baby !
In the future we hope to move towards 2nd generation biosourced plastics (not from a food resource) but for the moment the channels are not yet mature…
so in the meantime, don’t forget to recycle them ✌️
- “cradleto gate” evaluation (the end of life of the products is the same) taking into account the capture of CO2 during the growth of the plant in the case of bio-PE