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End of Life Solutions: REBO Bottles never have to see the inside of a landfill

Recycle them on your own -- or send them back to us

Not only are REBO products durable and designed to last, but they are designed to have an afterlife that doesn’t involve a landfill.

We are developing take-back programs in different markets. In the meantime, if you need to dispose of your REBO products, local recyclers can help.

Contact us at hello@REBO-Bottle.com for more information.

Or, if you’re close enough that it makes sense to send it back to us, we’ll recycle it for you.

Drop off or send REBO products to be recycled to:

REBO Bottle
Passage des Lions 6
1204 Geneva
Switzerland

Cradle-to-Cradle

vs.

Cradle-to-Grave

The principles of the Cradle to Cradle teach us that when we consider a products ‘end of life’ in the design phase, we can design- and manufacture- products with materials that can stay in the supply chain for multiple cycles, if not forever.

The alternative is the status quo: Cradle to Grave. Products that are thrown away and pile up in landfills. This is what’s been happening. Products designed with a single, linear focus. Create, produce, use then throw away.

That’s why we designed REBO to the Cradle to Cradle philosophy.

Stainless Steel

REBO chose 18/10 stainless steel to make REBO Bottles because it is non-degradable, will not corrode and is 100% recyclable. It’s made up of metals like chromium, nickel and iron-- metals that are constantly in high demand. High demand drives supply. That means the recycling rates for 18/10 stainless steel are high. And new stainless steel production today will be recycled tomorrow.

Silicone

REBO flexible straps are made of silicone, not plastic. Silicone comes from silica that is found in sand. An abundant, natural resource! While silicone’s production process relies on non-renewable resources, it is not as resource intensive as the production of plastic.

Unlike plastic, silicone is heat-resistant, resists bacteria, has low reactivity to chemicals and doesn’t break down as easily. That’s not to say that silicone is biodegradable, because it isn’t. But, whereas plastics break down into microplastics seeping into every crevice in our environment, silicon stays in larger pieces. It’s less likely to wreak havoc on marine life.

Our goal is to keep silicone out of landfills and we will recycle it. There are dedicated silicone recyclers turning recycled silicone into oils and lubricants used in a variety of industries. Or sometimes less conventional products like playground mulch!

Durable Plastic

REBO smart caps are made of a durable plastic that is 100% recyclable. And, like everything at REBO, designed to Cradle to Cradle principles making it easier than other plastic products to be disassembled and recycle.

Businesses increasingly understand the need to design products with recycled plastic content. Today, recyclable plastics are found in products like furniture, automotive parts, accessories, countertops, flooring, shoes, t-shirts, glasses… you name it! It’s being developed in an attempt to tackle our plastic problem!

Keeping harmful chemicals out of our products and your hands

REBO electrical components are all RoHS and REACH
3rd party certified

The chemicals used to make a product greatly impact what happens at a product’s ‘end of life’. Electronics, especially, in landfills pose a health threat to the environment and humans. And since we’re not chemists, we turned to the experts for help.

All electrical components in REBO’s smart cap hydration tracker are 3rd party certified by RoHS and REACH.

RoHS and REACH are programs aimed at preserving the environment, improving recycling possibilities and protecting the health of workers exposed to chemicals during the manufacturing process. Both certifications require strict guideline adherence to keep harmful substances out of products, and your hands.

Generally speaking, they restrict chemicals substances known to be:

Heavy Metals

Known to lower energy levels and cause damage to: brain, lungs, kidney, liver, blood composition and other important organs.

Carcinogenic

Known to cause cancer

Mutagenic

Known to cause genes to mutate

Reproductive toxins

Known to cause birth defects and infertility

*To learn more, visit RoHS restricted substances and substances restricted under REACH

RoHS is a directive of the European Commission (EC) and stands for the Restriction of Hazardous Substances. It specifically focuses on electrical components.

RoHS certified electrical components abide by strict guidelines to keep harmful substances out of products by addressing (10) chemical substance categories: Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Hexavlent chromium (Cr6+), Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE), Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP), Dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP).

REACH is a European Union (EU) regulation that stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals.

  • Registration- chemical producers must register all safety data on the chemicals they produce
  • Evaluation- European Agency experts evaluate safety data for high volume chemicals
  • Authorization- Chemicals identified as of “very high concern” will be phased out and reformulated with safer alternatives
  • Restriction of Chemicals- Some chemicals may be completely banned of uses restricted above certain threshold levels

The sole purpose of REACH is to address the production and use of chemical substances. Unlike RoHS, REACH spans across industry and doesn’t only focus on electronics.

REBO chose RoHS and REACH certifications because the programs complement each other. Having one certification doesn’t ensure compliance with the other. REBO products have been assessed for both electronic-specific compliance under RoHS and broader chemical compliance under REACH.