Are aluminium tubes harmful to the environment?
Continuously recycling the same aluminium since 1856
Of course, the production of aluminium, like other packaging, requires a large amount of raw materials and energy. The big difference, however, is that aluminium is excellent for recycling and this process only uses about 5% of the energy of so-called primary production! In addition, aluminium can be used almost indefinitely by melting it down and constantly recycling it. As much as 75% of the aluminium ever produced (since 1856) is still (re)used. Crazy, isn't it?
The energy needed for the recycling process comes from renewables
With a recycling rate of about 90.5%, Germany is a real pioneer when it comes to recycling aluminium. This puts us only behind Japan (with approx. 94.5 %). Unfortunately, we ourselves are largely to blame for the missing 9.5%: Only if we dispose of aluminium properly (yellow bin) does the metal get back into the recycling loop.
Aluminium has to be heated to about 660 degrees Celsius to be remelted, which is an energy-intensive process. For this reason, it pays to choose the right location: A considerable part of European aluminium production takes place in Iceland and Scandinavia, where large amounts of hydroelectric power allow for cost-effective production that is as clean as possible.
New improvements in aluminium packaging every year
There is no clear opinion on the use of aluminium packaging. Often contradictory information that one has picked up somewhere comes to mind when thinking about this material. Most prejudices, however, are based on ignorance: we have already clarified that aluminium is not as harmful to the environment as its reputation suggests. But what about its influence on our end product? Won't it be contaminated with dangerous substances through the packaging? And what about aluminium salts?
Here, too, we can say with confidence: aluminium tubes are much better than their reputation. Separated by a wafer-thin coating, the product does not even come into direct contact with the packaging material. And the aluminium salts used in conventional deodorants have nothing in common with aluminium in packaging materials. In packaging, aluminium does not pose a health hazard.
What we can take away from this
Unfortunately, the ecologically perfect packaging for every type of product does not (yet) exist. Nevertheless, at the end of the day, we are happy with our choice of sunscreen packaging, can justify our decision well and are incredibly proud that you can finally hold it in your hands. It's purely mineral, vegan, made with lots of great ingredients and available in a complexion balancing version and soon a pigmented version too! We are so excited that we can now protect you from most skin damage caused by UV radiation.
Fun Facts about Aluminium
- Aluminium or Aluminum? Aluminium is called "Aluminum" in American. But why is that? Quite simply, aluminium was exported from France to the USA for the first time. It was proudly reported in the New York Times, but the journalist had copied the name wrong.
- Worth more than gold: Aluminium enjoyed such great popularity in the USA that it was even more expensive than gold in the first few years. A big businessman in Baltimore therefore sold the gold leaf on the ceilings of his mansion without further ado and replaced it with aluminium ornaments. By the end of the 19th century, the metal was so popular that metal ships made from it were christened "Aluminia".
- Prerequisite: recycling! There are many great ways to create something new from aluminium: Some companies build entire children's bicycles from recycled aluminium! If you return your aluminium tube to the cycle by disposing of it in the "yellow bag", you give the aluminium it contains a new life.