Packaged Up Right

October 23, 2008

The good thing about organic products-especially the ones here on Saffron Rouge-is that in most cases the boxes, bottles and tubes are just as eco friendly as what's housed inside. Jurlique is a great example of this. Their sleek and gorgeous packaging is made up of post-consumer waste. It's all stamped with non-polluting vegetable inks and is absolutely, 100% recyclable. This means that the cute little box the Citrus Hand Cream comes in can go out in the recycling bin with last month's magazines. And the empty glass bottle of Lavender Bath Oil can sit next to the rinsed out spaghetti sauce jar before taking the big trip to the recycling plant.

All of the products from Pangea Organics are created to benefit the mind, body, spirit and the earth. From body soaps to face creams, their formulas are clean and their scents spectacular. But what also stands out is their innovative packaging. Not content with simply creating boxes from 100% post-consumer paper (which they do), they've gone one step further by manufacturing boxes that come in handy long after the soap is gone. This is because each box contains organic plant seeds. All you have to do is soak the box in some water for a minute, dig a hole in some soil and cover it up. In just a few months you'll have your own organic Sweet Basil or Amaranth plant. It's a great way to get a little more bang for your buck while adding to your already blossoming garden (or creating one from scratch). I also think it's a cool activity to do with your children. It teaches them about environmental responsibility, shows them how things grow from the earth and is, essentially, your own little magic show. After all, it's not every day they see a plant grow out a box.

These brands have put in the effort to make their packaging really stand for something. So now all you have to do is put in the effort to really make a difference. After finishing that last drop of organic oil sor removing your new face cream out of the box, make sure that you bypass the bathroom trash and toss them directly into your bin of recyclables.