Plastic vs. Cardboard+Crappier Plastic

seventh generation bottlesWow, this is the first I’m seeing a non-plastic detergent bottle…cool?

Let’s compare: On the right, we have a 100% recycled plastic cap and bottle made from #2 plastic, which happens to be one of the more “appealing” recoverable plastics from the recycling stream.

On the left, we have an outer container made from cardboard, which is excellent.  It has the same cap as the one on the right, but what’s inside?

As it turns out, there’s a plastic bag of sorts inside… and chances of that getting recycled are much less.

Left side: recyclable outer and top, plus a questionable inner.

Right side: recyclable bottle and cap.

If you haven’t tried making your own detergent yet, I suggest giving it a try.  All you’ll need is a bar of soap, washing soda, and a 5 gallon bucket.  Save money and materials.

My first attempt at it sucked, but with the following batches I’ve gotten better at it.

Seventh Generation appears to be making a genuine effort to reduce their impacts, but with the inner bag most certainly being an item that will hit the landfill, I’d rather stick with the completely recyclable plastic bottle instead.

Above that, going for plastic free over the long haul and saving money and materials while you’re at it seems the best option to me.

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  1. Hi Tyler, appreciate your post on laundry detergent. When we remodeled our condo unit we swapped out the washer as well. We didn’t want that lingering laundry-room smell but it was hard to mask it. Then we came across PureWash at a county fair and went all it. It’s about 400 – 500 U$D, but we don’t have that smell, it gets our clothes clean, and we never have to use detergent again. The secret—it cleans with hydrogen peroxide. Yup, the same stuff that bubbles when you pour it on a wound.

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