Currently, the majority of biodegradable and compostable containers we have identified typically have a shelf life of approximately 6 months. However, considering that some of our products boast a shelf life of 2-3 years, adopting such containers could result in a suboptimal experience for our customers and a notable decline in product quality and safety. Furthermore, compostable materials may also begin to degrade under specific conditions, including but not limited to: elevated humidity or moisture levels, high soil temperatures, and exposure to particular microorganisms.
Therefore, we are actively exploring sustainable packaging solutions that maintain product integrity and safety over their full shelf life while aligning with our commitment to environmental responsibility.
In the delivery process, our packages are frequently exposed to harsh climatic conditions, such as heat, humidity, or extreme cold weather. This is especially important to consider as our packages contain nutritional dietary supplements that our customers consume. Ensuring the quality and safety of our products remains our top priority.
To address these challenges, we are currently developing alternative packaging solutions that fall into one of two categories: utilizing a higher percentage of post-recycled materials, or enhancing recyclability to the point where these materials can be disposed of in any recycling processing facility.
Additionally, we are collaborating with partners to provide solutions in case a container is not recycled and ends up in places like parks or oceans. In such instances, we aim to ensure that the packaging will begin to biodegrade or degrade within one year. It's essential to note that this is an ongoing process, and we are dedicated to implementing sustainable improvements to our eco-friendly practices as soon as possible.
We are continually researching alternative solutions, including recyclable and post-recyclable bags for storing specific formulas. We actively seek improved packaging options. Our commitment is to keep evolving our packaging and sourcing methods, striking the right balance between maintaining the highest quality standards and advancing sustainability.