We recently found a bunch of empty labelled 8oz. benzoyl peroxide bottles at one of our manufacturers. It was one of those moments where you have to think about what to do–should we practice what we preach regarding environmental stewardship and use them, even though most people, myself included, prefer the tube for the 8oz. BP? In the end, we decided to go ahead and use them.
We did something similar last year when we came across some extra blue bottles from when the products used to be blue. You guys seemed to agree that it was fine to use those blue bottles, even though it meant your products might not all match for a while.
A quick rundown of our thinking:
Throwing the bottles away:
Benefits: Continuity of packaging. Less customer service issues.
Drawbacks: Costs money to haul them away and dispose of them. Guilt; it feels wrong not to use what we have.
Reusing the bottles:
Benefits: Possibly save a bit of money by using everything we have. Less guilt.
Drawbacks: Lots of people prefer the tube for the 8oz. size.
To me, the decision isn’t very hard. It feels best to use what we’ve got, and it may save us a bit of money (we hope to at least break even once you account for extra customer service and other expenses involved in using the bottles). Thanks for supporting us with stuff like this when it happens. If you absolutely can’t stand the 8oz. BP bottles, let me know, but if you can stomach them for a little while, I think we can all feel pretty good about it.