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So.. After reading another thread about plastic pods in pod systems and people expressing their concern at the waste they produce, I thought I'd share this with you all.. Prepare for an essay – apologies in advance!

I own a vape business in the UK and receive sample boxes every few weeks from Vapouround Magazine. In the last box, there was a tank called the V Zone Preco which is being marketed as a disposable tank. Last week I got a call from someone at V Zone asking what I thought about it. I hadn't even tried it because I disagree with the concept in its entirety. I was on the phone for about 20 minutes discussing this…

The guy was adamant that the tank was fully recyclable. I told him it wasn't and explained why:
1) It's got a coil inside it, which has got cotton inside which cannot be recycled
2) It has a rubber bung on the top where you fill the tank up. This cannot be recycled.
3) You're putting an oily liquid inside it and can't open it and take it apart to clean it. The same with pizza boxes etc – you can't recycle stuff that has been 'soiled' with grease. Even chucking this in landfill would be harmful to the environment as it's filled with liquid containing nicotine.
4) Not 100% certain on this myself but the tank itself is made from hard plastic which doesn't come across as a type of plastic that can be recycled.

I put these points forward to him and he still insisted it was recyclable and ensured me that they had done their research. Absolute bollocks. So he still wants to play on the point of it being recyclable – why does the packaging not make a big deal about it? Surely that would be the USP? He said the packaging does mention it – so I had a look and it's got a tiny 'recycle' symbol on the back of the box which would suggest that the cardboard box can be recycled and not actually the tanks. I also looked at one of my distributors who stock these tanks and nowhere in the description does it mention that they can be recycled. My account manager at said distributor laughed when I told him about the conversation, agreeing with me that these were NOT recyclable at all! I asked the guy, why weren't his company pushing the distros to mention this wonderful news that they could be recycled?

Aside from that point, I also asked him why someone would choose to buy a packet of 3 Preco tanks for £15 rather than a pack of 5 coils which cost roughly the same? Obviously his point was convenience. Changing a coil has never been an issue or inconvenience for me or any of my customers.

I understand the guy I was talking to was just a salesman but how can someone – and their employer – be so misguided about their products? Why is disposable seen as a good thing? Pollution, rubbish, global warming etc etc is on the news every single day yet companies still continue to invent and manufacture these products that have no consideration for the environment at all.

I'm not really an eco-warrior, I do what I can like sorting rubbish at home etc, but this particular thing just touched a nerve with me.

He said he'd pass my comments on to the directors (I doubt he did) but it's too little too late, really.

So.. After reading another thread about plastic pods in pod systems and people expressing their concern at the waste they produce, I thought I’d share this with you all.. Prepare for an essay – apologies in advance!I own a vape business in the UK and receive sample boxes every few weeks from Vapouround Magazine. In the last box, there was a tank called the V Zone Preco which is being marketed as a disposable tank. Last week I got a call from someone at V Zone asking what I thought about it. I hadn’t even tried it because I disagree with the concept in its entirety. I was on the phone for about 20 minutes discussing this…The guy was adamant that the tank was fully recyclable. I told him it wasn’t and explained why:1) It’s got a coil inside it, which has got cotton inside which cannot be recycled2) It has a rubber bung on the top where you fill the tank up. This cannot be recycled.3) You’re putting an oily liquid inside it and can’t open it and take it apart to clean it. The same with pizza boxes etc – you can’t recycle stuff that has been ‘soiled’ with grease. Even chucking this in landfill would be harmful to the environment as it’s filled with liquid containing nicotine.4) Not 100% certain on this myself but the tank itself is made from hard plastic which doesn’t come across as a type of plastic that can be recycled.I put these points forward to him and he still insisted it was recyclable and ensured me that they had done their research. Absolute bollocks. So he still wants to play on the point of it being recyclable – why does the packaging not make a big deal about it? Surely that would be the USP? He said the packaging does mention it – so I had a look and it’s got a tiny ‘recycle’ symbol on the back of the box which would suggest that the cardboard box can be recycled and not actually the tanks. I also looked at one of my distributors who stock these tanks and nowhere in the description does it mention that they can be recycled. My account manager at said distributor laughed when I told him about the conversation, agreeing with me that these were NOT recyclable at all! I asked the guy, why weren’t his company pushing the distros to mention this wonderful news that they could be recycled?Aside from that point, I also asked him why someone would choose to buy a packet of 3 Preco tanks for £15 rather than a pack of 5 coils which cost roughly the same? Obviously his point was convenience. Changing a coil has never been an issue or inconvenience for me or any of my customers.I understand the guy I was talking to was just a salesman but how can someone – and their employer – be so misguided about their products? Why is disposable seen as a good thing? Pollution, rubbish, global warming etc etc is on the news every single day yet companies still continue to invent and manufacture these products that have no consideration for the environment at all.I’m not really an eco-warrior, I do what I can like sorting rubbish at home etc, but this particular thing just touched a nerve with me.He said he’d pass my comments on to the directors (I doubt he did) but it’s too little too late, really.

Submitted January 11, 2019 at 07:15PM by littlehollie
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