New Zero-Waste Delivery Service for home essentials - now serving Denver, CO!

FAQs


I recycle. Isn’t that enough?
Globally, only about 6% of plastics are recycled, and more than 1/3 of all plastic packaging produced winds up in the natural environment (landfills, waterways, oceans). Denver does a better job with a 30% recycling rate. The recycling system and market is broken and is one of the main reasons why we exist. Most recyclables become so contaminated along the way that they become to degraded to actually recycle. And, at the end of the day, someone needs to buy the recycled plastic and there just isn’t enough market. So, most plastic winds up in our environment – which includes: waterways, oceans and landfills (where sometimes plastic is incinerated or undergoes “chemical recycling”,both release toxic chemicals into the air).
Global plastic consumption will triple by 2050. There will be more plastic than fish. And waste services will never be able to keep up. Reuse is the most effective alternative for our planet because it stops waste before it starts and wins on every single environmental measure against single-use. 

How do you sanitize your bottles?


We use industrial grade commercial dishwashers and wash/sanitize each bottle according to National Sanitation Foundation guidelines.

What are the environmental benefits of reuse?

    Why reuse helps protect our planet:

    1. Reuse prevents waste from ever happening in the first place. There is a universal acceptance that source reduction (e.g., preventing waste) should be the number one priority for addressing waste. It’s built into the slogan “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” that dates back to 1970 and has been part of the world-wide lexicon about environmental protection ever since. Reducing single-use and transitioning to reusable and refillable are ways to achieve source reduction and to prevent waste before it starts. Waste prevention is considered by the U.S. EPA to be the best waste management option for achieving climate goals.

    2. Over their entire life-cycle, reusables have lower greenhouse gas emissions compared to single-use alternatives.

    With single-use plastic, the largest greenhouse gas impacts occur in the resource extraction and manufacturing phases. Made from a combination of chemicals and fossil fuels, plastic produces greenhouse gas emissions (GHG’s) at every stage of its life cycle. The point at which the impact per use for a reusable product falls below that of a single-use product used for the same purpose is the environmental “break-even point.” After that point, the reusable product is considered environmentally superior. The break-even point for a reusable product will depend on various considerations, such as the weight and material composition of each product, how they are manufactured and then disposed, and how often the reusable product is washed. Each additional use beyond the break-even point accrues environmental benefits. As a safe estimate, we anticipate that Oz bottles will be reused about 25 times, reducing overall plastic use by 90%.  If we are able to reuse the bottles 100 times, we will reduce overall plastic by 99%.

    Coca Cola’s new universal reusable bottle is made from PET and is slightly less sturdy than Oz HDPE bottles. HDPE can withstand higher temperature in the dishwashing phase, which we hope means they will last longer overall. We will keep our customers in the loop as we launch this pilot in Denver on our average return and reuse rate. The most important factor for our success, is that customers return their bottles. If that doesn’t happen, it will mean more waste goes to the landfill.

    3. Reuse has a lower water consumption foot-print than single-use. Similar to GHG emissions, the largest water use occurs in the resource extraction and manufacturing phases for single-use materials. The water use from single-use-disposables during the production phases is greater than that from reusables. The main water impacts of reusables come during washing. But these impacts can be greatly reduced with highly-efficient commercial dishwashing systems. Even with washing, reuse systems still use less water throughout their lifecycle than single-use. All data above emerges from Upstream Solutions June 2021 report “Reuse Wins”. Upstream is the non-profit heartbeat behind the reuse movement.

    What if I need to reorder and not all of my bottles are empty?
    It may take a few orders with Oz to get your sizes and quantities right. Our recommendations: 
    1. If for example, you order hand soap, dish soap, all-purpose spray and laundry detergent and you anticipate running out of dish soap 2x faster than the other product, then we recommend you buy two bottles of dish soap (one with a trigger sprayer and one with a cap. When one is empty, you simply transfer the trigger sprayer). Your empty can then go into your Oz bag.
    2. Or, for your first order, order 2 of everything so you can monitor what you go through fastest. Then you can adjust to your next order.

    Save this bag

    This is the bag we deliver your products in. Save it for your empty bottles. We will pick up this bag with your empties on your next order.

    Deposit & Return System

    We charge a $1.00 deposit for each bottle you purchase from Oz. We will credit your account $1.00 each time you return one. Returning your bottles is critical to making an impact on our planet. Our goal is to make sure we get 100% of our bottles back.

    Schedule a return

    How we sanitize our bottles

    We use industrial grade commercial dishwashers and wash/sanitize each bottle according to National Sanitation Foundation guidelines.