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Environmental comparison of  toothpaste tube made from aluminium vs tube made from plastic

Environmental comparison of toothpaste tube made from aluminium vs tube made from plastic

how sustainable is…

The study examines the difference in environmental impact between aluminium toothpaste containers and laminate (plastic) tubes. This included the use of both 100% virgin aluminium and aluminium made with 50% recycled content.

The study suggests that across all environmental impact categories the laminate tube has a lower environmental impact than either of the aluminium tubes, mainly due to the environmental impacts of raw material extraction and material production. The environmental impact categories considered include energy, greenhouse gas emissions, acidification potential, carcinogen production, eutrophication, solid waste, and air and water emissions.

Link to full report

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what can I do to reduce my environmental footprint…

Based on this report, you may want to find toothpaste which comes in a laminate (plastic) tube rather than in an aluminium tube, from an environmental point of view. It seems that this is now industry standard anyway.

Research into tubes and similar packaging made from materials with lower environmental impact, such as plant based materials, is ongoing. Please let us know if you know of a more recent study.

Report Rating: 2 out of 3

Report Published: 2007

Country: USA

Author(s): University of Michigan’s Center for Sustainable Systems

Publisher: Tom’s of Maine

Funder: not stated, assumed to be Tom’s of Maine

Keywords: life cycle analysis, LCA, cradle to grave analysis, environmental footprint, toothpaste, packaging, personal hygiene

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