Herbal Choice Mari, a Nature’s Brands organic skin care line, is now only using dark violet glass jars and bottles to package their beauty products since most plastics contain chemical additives, such as bisphenol-A (BPA) and phthalates, thought to possibly increase incidences of endometriosis.
“We are always looking for ways to reduce waste and protect consumers from toxic chemicals, this is why we create all natural and certified USDA organic skin care products and package them in glass,” M. Koutny, president and founder of Nature’s Brands, said in a press release.
Not everyone is aware that the plastic being used to package their organic face creams, sunscreens, lotions and other beauty products may be harmful. Also, even though a product is advertised as phthalates-free or BPA-free, those chemicals can leach into the product from its packaging.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), phthalates are a group of chemicals used to make plastics more flexible and harder to break. CDC research has found that adult women have higher levels of urinary metabolites than men for phthalates usually are found in soaps, shampoos and cosmetics.
The Endocrine Society and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) support studies into phthalates and BPAs as endocrine disruptors, especially dangerous during prenatal and early postnatal development, when organ and neural systems are forming. Exposure to such chemicals also may result in fertility problems and an increased incidence of endometriosis and some cancers, the company said in the release.
Herbal Choice Mari has now switched all its 130 USDA-certified organic skin care products’ packaging to glass bottles. To access their NOP USDA Organic Certificate or to obtain more information on their products, you can visit Nature’s Brands homepage.