You already know that we at Tailor Skincare think differently about skin. You’ll probably also know that we think differently about our packaging too, which is how our signature blue bottle became integral to Tailor at the beginning of our journey.
In fact more than anything, we over-think about Tailor packaging because we care deeply about you, our amazing #tailortribe, and the world we live in. And we definitely plan to leave our planet a better place than when we came into it.
So in April this year, you were the first to know that our sparkling new Tailor Polish, the magic merging of two of our Dry Cleanse and Tailor Masque, comes in our brand new, sustainable, non-toxic plastic packaging. And the same with the Tailor Your Blend active ingredients.
But what you don’t know, because we haven’t told you yet, is that as well as being part of a holistic lifecycle – from plastic, to recycle, to plastic, to recycle again – and as well as being environmentally sustainable, meaning they that have a dramatically reduced carbon footprint (less packaging, less padding, more lightweight)… our plastic tubes are non-toxic to your beautiful bod.
Yes, that’s a fact.
Before we at Tailor introduced our new plastic tubes into our product family, we committed to fully understanding the toxicity of plastics. We wanted to know which plastics are the baddies of the bunch, and which ones are benign. This is where the science gets a bit dense, but stay with us because this is general knowledge about plastic that will help you understand all consumer product plastic packaging.
Not All Plastics Are The Same
We at Tailor use 85% Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and 15% Ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH) and no BPA.
BPAs are the nasties that can affect hormones in women by creating xenoestrogen, a synthetic that mimics our own natural oestrogen. BPA stands for Bisphenol A, and is a synthetic compound added to some resins to improve strength, clarity and durability of plastics. In fact, its most common use was in polycarbonate used to make bottles, such as our everyday water bottles.
BPA is also used in a number of other materials such as PET and acrylic.
Thankfully, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) cottoned onto the impact of BPAs, and in the early 2000s banned the use of Bisphenol A in the making of baby bottles based on strong research about impact on female oestrogen levels. But they still exist elsewhere, so keep yourself on high alert.
In a previous Tailor blog post, nutritionist Jessica Gilljam-Brown warned us about accidental consumption of xenoestrogen in her post, What’s disrupting your hormones? Focus on Xenoestrogens, adding:
“Most plastic products contain xenoestrogens, which leach out into the food, especially when they are heated. Never heat food in plastic containers or plastic wrap, and store food in glass or ceramic when possible. Always look for plastic containers and bottles that state they are ‘BPA free’, and try not to leave plastic containers in the sun, as this can lead to the leaching of harmful chemicals.”
So it’s safe to assume correctly that no, absolutely not, no way, no how, do any Tailor Skincare plastic tubes contain xenoestrogens from BPAs at either manufacture or material sourcing.
And they never will.
Getting Down With Plastic… Waaaaaay Down!
We said before that at Tailor we use 85% LDPE and 15% EVOH and no nasty BPAs, but what the bleep does this mean in practice?
Let’s get the most important part out of the way: no, definitely neither LDPE nor EVOH have been known to affect oestrogen levels in females.
As for what these products are, LDPE is the abbreviated name for Low Density Polyethylene, and is widely used by the packaging industry for a variety of plastic packaging, including sports bottles and containers, as well as plastics for the automotive industry.
The downside of LDPE is that due to its density being very low, it doesn’t have good barrier properties.This means the products the plastic is meant to contain, such as essential oils or sunscreen for example, will easily perforate LDPE products – and fast!
EVOH, the other product in the Tailor tube equation, is the abbreviated name for Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol. It is commonly used in the food industry as an oxygen barrier, due to its ability to prevent oxygen perforation, and has been found to be excellent in the skincare industry. So it is ideal for preventing the active ingredients in Tailor Your Blend and Tailor Polish from oxygenation (and making them no longer active and of value to your skin).
And finally, for your science lesson today (it’s been interesting, right?) only Tailor’s products that contain active ingredients need EVOH, and only 15% is required to create an optimum barrier (against oxygenation, or to keep them active). The plastic tubing for the Tailor tubing is created in three layers, with the inside layer, comprising 60% of the total, made from LDPE, the middle layer, comprising 15%, is the EVOH, and the outer layer – the layer with all the pretty writing and our oh-so-cute logo – is the remaining 25% of LDPE.
So there you have it. We’re always on your side, and always weighing up the pros with the cons. And this time, we’re sure we aced it and hope you agree.
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Huge thanks to Vanessa Gola from Zedpac for making this post possible and getting answers for all our sticky questions.