Sand is plentiful worldwide and cheaper than petroleum, despite false claims that we are running out of sand. Which for a geologist is laughable as an idea. Arkansas has enough sand to furnish the whole world’s needs. Its like saying we are running out of Earth!!!!
The truth is that glass is the only way out. Along with silicone exteriors for example. Both made from sand. But glass should be the part in contact with what goes into our bodies unless it is only minimal or unavoidable amounts. Remember that using plastic user-end products at the level of industry instead of glass is how one can take a small exposure (absolute zero is impossible) and turn it into a big one by expanding the surface area of a product into millions of little plastic bottles.
Green plastics are the worse as their lack of structure is compensated by additional plasticizers which are the most toxic part of plastic exposure.
What are some common endocrine disruptors?
- Bisphenol A (BPA) — used to make polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins, which are found in many plastic products including food storage containers. But also the lesser known BPS.
- Dioxins — produced as a byproduct in herbicide production and paper bleaching, they are also released into the environment during waste burning and wildfires
- Perchlorate — a by-product of aerospace, weapon, and pharmaceutical industries found in drinking water and fireworks
- Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) — used widely in industrial applications, such as firefighting foams and non-stick pan, paper, and textile coatings
- Phthalates — used to make plastics more flexible, they are also found in some food packaging, cosmetics, children’s toys, and medical devices
- Phytoestrogens — naturally occurring substances in plants that have hormone-like activity, such as genistein and daidzein that are in soy products, like tofu or soy milk
- Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) — used to make flame retardants for household products such as furniture foam and carpets
- Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) — used to make electrical equipment like transformers, and in hydraulic fluids, heat transfer fluids, lubricants, and plasticizers
- Triclosan — may be found in some anti-microbial and personal care products, like liquid body wash
Why choose glass packaging instead of plastic ?
Glass is the best option to avoid phthalates from plastics (Bisphenol A added to PVC, DEHP, etc.) that are known endocrine disruptors. A summary of the findings of studies conducted and published in Canada in 2011 confirms their harmful effects on humans.
There is a high probability of the following adverse effects associated with phthalate absorption, even at low doses:
• Toxic to the brain and nervous system
• Appearance of cancer
• Male fertility problems.
• Alteration in the functioning of the thyroid `.
• Insulin resistance development
• Decreased urogenital distance in newborns
• Promotes weight gain at the abdominal level
• Favors the appearance of allergic rhinitis and asthma
• Reduced mobility of sperm cells
• DNA mutagenic effect
• An early appearance of puberty in young girls
• Increases the risk of premature births
According to Professor Daniel F. Schmidt, a plastic engineer at the University of Massachusetts, we have insufficient perspective regarding current research on alternatives to phthalates. He states “in 20 years’ time there will probably be the same controversy about alternatives to phthalates as there has been in this decade concerning Bisphenol and other endocrine disrupting compounds. Even if some other types of plastics «tolerated» by the EU or the USA do exist and are now in usage, the problem is not yet solved, to say the least.”
The only way to be sure is to use glass bottles, this limits the cumulative effects of soft plastic containers. Hard plastics are less of a problem. Our capsules and tubes are BPA, DEHP, PVC and phtalate free. We only recommend noble glass bottles for transdermal applications as these
The last important point concerning the use of glass containers is its ecological aspect: this material is 100% recyclable. In addition, the bottle can be reused infinitely without contaminating the products, whether they are of a food or cosmetic nature (oils, tincture, supplements, etc.). And of course the aesthetic aspect of beautiful blue glass reveals its inner quality and commitment to an excellent end product!