Although basic methods on cutting down irrelevant packaging materials are employed, the wide use of materials like PP and ABS Resin are pulling down their ratings. What’s worse, this pattern could be traced to most goods that MUJI is famous for, (eg. their pens, pencil cases, their plastic containers), which made the audience of this slightly unsustainable lifestyle more wide-spread.
This product is made by Polypropylene and ABS Resin—two commonplace components for plastic material. Judging by the sequence, we could conclude that the majority part of this aroma diffuser is made from Polypropylene (PP). PP is classified as 5 in resin recycle codes, which means it is not poisonous itself yet is not biodegradable in the short-term. ABS Resin, unfortunately, is also resilient to natural degradation. Although the materials are not as eco-friendly, they are the most prevalent and most economic-friendly choices available.
It was put together on assembly line in with OEM(Original Equipment Manufacturer) factories in China. Since we did not see the real product, it is currently not possible to determine whether it is created in a sustainable enough factory. However, from a few Chinese sites that I found with pieces of information, we could infer that they are under proper regulation of the government. Moreover, these OEM spreads across many cities in China and thus unable to determine which area should we investigate on regarding the product reviewed.
“MUJI, originally founded in Japan in 1980, offers a wide variety of good quality products including household goods, apparel and food.” was a slogan found on their website about the brand. The Japanese brand has been lived onto a simplistic tenet in both the marketing strategies and their design and packaging of goods. They are considered influencer of the simplistic lifestyle and thus could be given a higher rating for this impact they had.