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HealthForce EcoFresh™

The “Eco” part:

Our amber glass contains recycled content, and is 100% recyclable with no toxic outgassing when melted. Glass is made from non-toxic, inert ingredients (silica sand, limestone, and ash). The metal/foil and metal/foil pouches are NOT recyclable! You have to throw these things in the landfill and pollute the earth! And this for an inferior package that degrades maximum nutrients!

Our labels are printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper (produced with wind energy), are NOT bleached with chlorine or dioxin, and are printed with soy inks. We have been doing this for years (we began as soon as we could get a label company to do it for us). This costs us considerably more every year. However, we strive to have integrity in all areas. We deeply care about Mother Earth, and are willing to do everything we can to step up and protect and support her.

We are the only company we are aware of who goes to these extreme lengths of quality and environmental stewardship and we are very proud of it. We will continue to honor and respect your health and Mother Earth. Compromise is NOT an option!

The “…Fresh Nutrient Lock Packaging™” part:

If you start with the best materials but do not preserve their benefits, you have an inferior product. HealthForce leaves no stone unturned here. Our dark amber glass jars protect our products from the nutrient degrading effects of light. Glass is also 100% moisture proof. Glass is impermeable to gases such as oxygen. Glass does not outgas toxins as plastic does. However, all this does not matter if the lid does not match these characteristics.

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Therefore, we use rubberized metal lids that make a perfect seal on the bottle. A few other companies use amber glass, but with Styrofoam, foil, or paper liners. These liners allow oxygen and moisture in – either on the shelf, after being opened, or both. Additionally, we put an oxygen absorber in every bottle (that is the “swish” you hear when you open the bottle). This packaging system makes a dramatic difference in the quality of the product, but you must have all of the elements present to not compromise the system. Other packages start to degrade as soon as they are bottled. Why put “antioxidant” in a package that is designed to oxidize them?

Because we go to such lengths and expense to preserve the integrity of our products, the “shelf life” is extremely long. Even product made in our early years (23 years ago) still maintains full potency. We put a five-year shelf life on our products, but it is truly indefinite. This is the most expensive way to package products – but isn’t potency important?

By far, the worst packaging from a quality standpoint is the metal/foil or the metal/foil and plastic pouches that are so popular today. They have a “ziplock” type plastic seal that allow maximum oxidation and moisture into a product. Furthermore, they outgas the maximum amount of chemical toxins. Glass does not outgas. The softer the plastic, the more chemicals it outgasses. Hard plastic bottles are inferior, but the soft, plastic-lined foil bags result in much outgassing of chemicals. Even BPA-free plastic outgasses more of other chemicals instead of BPA. If the pouch is flexible metal/foil, some of this soft metal can and does slough off into the product.

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