It may be surprising to hear that we chose plastic instead of glass, but a lot of consideration went into that choice for us. We try to make everything we do at Sole Toscana as sustainable as possible.
Glass skin care bottles require extra layers of packaging to comply with labeling requirements and to decrease wasteful breakage. So, for us, glass bottles require 2x the packaging (a box for the glass container in addition to the box it's shipped in). This causes 2x the potential landfill for us (before considering transport).
Glass is also heavier for us to ship from Italy than our plastic bottles (more than 2x the weight). Shipping both from Italy where we make our products and within the United States, glass would mean a much higher carbon footprint.
Many other companies actually ship their glass bottles cheaply from Asia (and often their ingredients as well). This causes a huge carbon footprint for their products. At Sole Toscana, we would never do that.
Instead, we source everything in our products locally in Italy. We hand harvest our plants at our organic farm, our bottles are from Umbria, and we use solar power in our facilities.
So please know that we’ve done everything possible to minimize the carbon footprint in every Sole Toscana product.
Looking at everything overall, currently it is far better for us to use our current packaging than to choose glass.
Everything, in all our bottles and packaging is 100% recyclable and uses recycled inputs (even our shipping boxes). So, whenever a customer is finished enjoying a bottle of Sole Toscana, she can simply pop it into the recycle bin. All bottles, all packaging, the entire box she received (with shipping materials and all).
That said, we know many of our customers love using glass containers. So, we are always looking for new options that our customers love, and which are the best choice to show our love to Mother Earth.