Tropic’s use of Plastic and Packaging


As a certified CarbonNeutral® and Ethically Accredited company, Tropic is committed to their infinite purpose of helping to create a healthier, greener, more empowered world.

Tropic is always reviewing whether plastic is vital to their packaging; assessing how they use plastic now and implementing changes to make it more sustainable for the future. There are already some key steps they have taken towards improving the packaging in order to help preserve the wellbeing of our planet.

About Tropic packaging, all the collection boxes from our latest season range are made with card rather than plastic, and are also available as box-free eco versions.

Our plastic packaging uses less energy to create and transport compared to other packaging materials. It’s safe to use in places where breakage could be a concern (such as the shower) and it’s compact, using less material to contain an equal volume of product.

The majority of our plastic packaging is made from either PET or PP plastic, which are widely recyclable in the UK. For certain parts of your packaging, such as lids and some tubes, we would suggest checking with your local council about their recycling regulations.

All elements of Tropic parcels are completely recyclable or biodegradable. This includes: Biodegradable bubble wrap that, when composted, is converted into natural gases, water and biomass, leaving behind no toxic residues.

Cardboard boxes that are entirely recyclable. The process takes just 2 weeks, during which they’re recycled, remade and then reused.

Gummed paper with vegetable glue instead of traditional non-recyclable and non-biodegradable plastic tape. The gummed paper is not only 100% recyclable, but it also protects products effectively by making packaging more secure and tamper-proof.

Tropic has launched refill pouches for our Signature Hand Wash, Tahitian Vanilla and Coconut Luxury Bath Foam, Mascaras and there is more to come. This reduces the amount of packaging reaching landfill, while offering perks to all our customers too; once you’ve collected five refill pouches of the same product, you can return your empties back to Tropic for a complimentary pouch.

Tropic uses glass rather than plastic for their serums and oils, and are assessing where else glass can be safely implemented as an alternative within our packaging.

What can I recycle?

Tropic is currently taking steps to make sure they are providing you and your customers with more information about what they can recycle going forward.

Plastic comes in a variety of different types, and different UK local authorities have their own methods of collecting waste plastics. You can check what you can recycle at home, or in your local area, by using the link here

Tropic’s stance on plastic

Tropic is always researching new packaging solutions, aiming to implement packaging that’s even more sustainable in the future. Tropic have a plan to alter almost all of our products to have refillable packaging by the end of 2020, (due to Covid this may now be delayed into 2021) making our plastic usage even more sustainable.

We are now zero waste to landfill and as our company grows, and the industry itself provides more solutions to the problem of plastic and waste, we aim to be a force of positive change and we look forward to evolving and leading the way when it comes to more environmentally friendly packaging.

If you would like to know more about Tropic’s stance on plastics and packaging then let’s have a chat.  Contact me via my website or by email

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