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Yes to Reusables, But Why is SwapBox Made Out of Plastic?

Zero-waste, reusables, closed loop recycling - these are the reasons why consumers and business owners are excited about SwapBox, yet as soon as we say SwapBox is made out of polypropylene plastic - we receive raised eyebrows and disapproving looks. In the previous article, we concluded that reusable packaging is the most sustainable way forward. The natural question is - why are SwapBoxes made of plastic? After all, plastic is bad. Right? Why not use glass or metal? While they are perfect for household usage, when implemented in a reusable system, they are less practical and more costly than plastic.


Here is an overview of the different types of reusable packaging materials:

A note on bamboo: On December 10th, 2020 the FPS Public Health, Food Safety and Environment published a note on their website to clarify that plastic products with bamboo fibres (or other natural fibres not listed in Annex 1 to Regulation (EU) 10/2011) are illegal and therefore should not be sold on the European market. (read more here)

At SwapBox we use polypropylene plastic as our reusable food packaging. It is durable, lightweight, and a versatile food container.

Image credits: SwapBox and Kuko Poké