(BOULDER, COLORADO, MAY 1, 2020) — April was quite a month for Alpine Provisions Co.—in a great way. The Boulder-based manufacturer of 100% biodegradable, natural, organic hand sanitizers and body and hair care products has committed to going completely plastic free. Their repackaging initiative is accompanied by the hashtag #LifeAfterPlastic and is optimistic that it will spark an industry-wide shift away from plastic packaging. Alpine Provisions has also been picked up by outdoor retail titan, REI, who will be partnering with them for nationwide distribution this July.
“We’re really excited about this partnership,” says Alpine Provisions Founder and C.E.O, Joshua Scott Onysko. “Everything we create, from our Essential Oil scent profiles to our sustainably-sourced ingredients list, is designed to go hand-in-hand with an outdoor adventurist’s lifestyle. All of our Castile Soap Body Washes, Shampoos and Conditioners and Hand Sanitizers are 100% biodegradable, which makes them perfect companions for travel and camping.”
Alpine Provisions was created with the purpose of giving young adults an opportunity to receive full-ride scholarships to three-week Outward Bound outdoor leadership programs in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Utah, Alaska, and Wyoming. The soap company’s credo is that anybody, regardless of their means, should have access to the wilderness if they so desire. Five percent of their sales go toward their Outward Bound scholarship fund.
When asked about the decision to take Alpine Provisions’ packaging completely plastic free, Mr. Onysko says, “Only 7% of all the plastic ever made has been recycled, which is why, in the last century, over 150 million metric tons of it have found their way into the world’s oceans. It’s worth noting that 60% of plastic found in the oceans is carried there via rivers and other tributaries. For people who love to spend time outdoors, this is unacceptable. It’s a problem requiring a solution. As a business owner, this is the first place I can start to affect real change.”
Aluminum—the material Alpine Provisions says will replace its plastic hand-sanitizer, hair care and liquid soap bottles—can be recycled infinitely. In fact, 84% of all the aluminum ever made is still in use today. And because it’s so lightweight, shipping aluminum saves millions of pounds of carbon emissions per year.
“Our hope is that this will begin an industry-wide revolution,” says Mr. Onysko.
Alpine Provisions launched its Kickstarter campaign—called #LifeAfterPlastic—to bring awareness to the plastics problem and to provide high-quality personal care items to those affected by the pandemic. To learn more and to get involved, visit the #LifeAfterPlastic site here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lifeafterplastic/alpine-provisions.