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Just curious if anyone is hearing from customers that they don't like the use of plastic clamshells.  Mine still sell as always but I'm seeing signs at markets where candle makers are advertising that they are plastic free and they are selling melts in muslin or burlap sacks.  Ecologically it all makes sense but the shapes are way more work and time consuming in comparison.

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I haven't heard that necessarily (I wrap my soap in shrink wrap, so still plastic) however, what I am hearing on the news and what-not that by the year 2025 plastic will be completely outlawed. 

 

We already have some groceries stores here in my state that have completely got plasticless and use either reusable burlap sacks, or back to the old days of brown kraft paper bags. 

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I wish I didn’t need plastic clamshells. But there’s no material that is so durable for outdoor venues. The clams merchandize so well too. 

 

My soap is in glassine and requires repackaging often through the season. 

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I've read where some in the wax world that buy tons of wax don't like the plastic smell the clamshells give to the wax. I do notice it with some scents but not all of them and even though that's what most people around here usually go after I prefer shapes and have invested in tons of silicone molds. I hope when I do go public one day that my customers like shapes LOL!

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I'm a clamshell fan.  Mold and packaging in one,  easy to store, transport and display. I stopped making shapes a long time ago and donated a bunch of molds.  I don't really want to go back, but I certainly wouldn't mind an end to widespread use of plastics.  Bagged melts don't sell for me at all.  If clams become obsolete, I'll have to figure something else out.

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Some ideas floating around in my head.  When plastic is banned, it will level that part of the market, but until then... I've wondered the same.  Plastic is still so routine with everything at the grocery store etc.  I would think many people wouldn't mind in most retail settings.  Thinking about the local markets around my town however, I would understand how a no plastic option would appeal. It's a very progressive, environmentally friendly arena.   

My first experience, even with a wax made to be hardy (Ecosoya PB) it was very hard to get my brittle in the PP cello bag without streaks.  Part of me wonders if it would be good to offer alternatives at a market, or retail like a wax bar type thing, from glass apothecary or candy style jars.  Of course glass comes with it's own hassles. You could offer little tins, or paper bags, like Lush offers, and users store as they please at home. 
 

I realize scoopable melts seem like a fad.  I've been thinking about a least messy as possible option in glass, to avoid plastic though.  A wax that you can kind of easily carve. Maybe even in a tin.  

 

 

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At a craft market or fair, I always think of little ones possibly getting a hold of things, So I would think a deli like set up would work better than an all accessible display for anything involving a lot of glass.  I'm thinking more of indoors or cooler months only too. with that.  Otherwise, pre packaged tins seem like a good option.  

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If easy enough to transport, a portable candy counter for melt displays would be great. Some glass jars on a shelf with cute lids would look super. Ive seen stuff like that on pinterest.

 

I'm going to give glassine another go, with tough hang tags. I mold into breakaway bars, so the shape is right. The question is can they remain durable? and not get greasy looking during hot, humid weather?

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On 11/6/2018 at 2:40 PM, TallTayl said:

I wish I didn’t need plastic clamshells. But there’s no material that is so durable for outdoor venues. The clams merchandize so well too. 

 

My soap is in glassine and requires repackaging often through the season. 

This is my thing, they are so easy to hang and I use slatwall with hooks in my store so every scent is visible.

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On 11/6/2018 at 2:30 PM, Jcandleattic said:

I haven't heard that necessarily (I wrap my soap in shrink wrap, so still plastic) however, what I am hearing on the news and what-not that by the year 2025 plastic will be completely outlawed. 

 

We already have some groceries stores here in my state that have completely got plasticless and use either reusable burlap sacks, or back to the old days of brown kraft paper bags. 

They banned plastic bags in most counties in Calif many years back but haven't banned any other plastics.  I don't see how they can really by 2025 it just seems impossible when you look at everything wrapped or packaged in plastic, walk down any grocery aisle and take note how much plastic is there. It's crazy!  We have to either use our own bags here or we buy a paper or plastic bag (think it's .10 for paper and .20 for plastic, yes they are only banned for free!  The $ pays to recycle the plastic supposedly.   Here's the real clincher, my store, because we are small and employ under 20 people and maintain less than a certain sq ft can offer free plastic bags to our customers. 

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Maybe it’s time to really push the salts with refresher oils in glass droppers? 

 

If only cellulose bags were brought back.  they decompose readily and are crisp and clear. They’re really hard to find, but I know they exist. 

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You all bring up some good points and ideas about melts. I have not made any melts yet but that is one of the things I want to start playing around with real soon. As a consumer, I like the shaped melts, I like seeing creativity in the designs. I'm wondering if the clam shells could be made of paper like the paper egg cartons? Would that type of material work for clam shells? Since I don't have experience making melts I don't know if they would release easily from the paper carton.

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30 minutes ago, Laura C said:

I'm wondering if the clam shells could be made of paper like the paper egg cartons?

Scent retention would be the concern here. You don't want to use a material that will suck the scent out of the product. 

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6 minutes ago, Jcandleattic said:

Scent retention would be the concern here. You don't want to use a material that will suck the scent out of the product. 

 

Oooh, ok. I hadn't thought of that. Thanks for the reply.

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