OUR SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES
1. What are some of the sustainable practices Glow Bio uses?
At Glow Bio sustainable business practices are of extreme importance. We incorporate sustainable practices in the following ways, and look to improve upon our sustainable model every day to tread as lightly on the earth as possible.
Ingredient Sourcing We source 100% organic ingredients. We also source from as many local farms and distributors as possible. According to some studies, organic produce has higher nutrition than commercially grown produce, including the beauty minerals (zinc, selenium, iron, etc.) that we rely on for hundreds of processes in the body to function properly, as well as to create beautiful skin and vibrant hair. Organic farming practices are grown in harmony with the earth, so that the soil can remain living with beneficial bacteria in an ecosystem that rotates crops and does not deplete the minerals from the soil.
Conventional produce exposes you to pesticides. Pesticides are neurotoxins, which are designed to specifically attack the brain and the rest of the nervous system in biological, living beings, and pollute the environment.
Packaging We use post consumer recycled plastics, recyclable PET #1 plastics (see next question).
Composting We participate in the City of Los Angeles Composting Program. All of our organic food waste, and compostable packaging materials, are sent to an industrial composting facility (instead of a landfill) and turned into useful by-products such as soil amendments and fertilizers.
The Cleaning Products All of the cleaning materials used at Glow Bio are environmentally friendly, and chemical free. Using environmentally friendly cleaning products in the right manner helps decrease air pollution, water pollution, ozone depletion and global climate change. Environmentally friendly cleaning products also help to improve indoor air quality and reduce the health problems that traditional products cause.
2. Why don’t you use glass bottles?
We did a lot of research on packaging, and chose to use post-consumer recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET or PETE) #1. This type of plastic is non-leachable, and is the most desirable choice for recycling. It provides a better barrier to gases than other plastics, so our bottles protect our smoothies’ and juices’ nutrition from oxidation and depletion of health benefits.
The advantage of glass is to avoid leaching chemicals like BPA, but our containers are non-leachable, so that is not an issue. Glass is significantly heavier than plastic and leaves a much heavier footprint in terms of more energy consumption in shipping and storage.
3. Why don’t you use a compostable corn-based bottle?
Corn-based bottles are compostable, but they can only be broken down in certain specific composting facilities. Thrown away in regular garbage or in recycling bins, they don’t break down properly and can actually contaminate and set back the recycling of other materials. On the other hand, PET #1 is 100% recyclable at over 9000 recycle programs around the country.