We’ve been getting a lot of questions about our podz. Are they wrapped in plastic? What's the casing made of? Does it contain microplastics? Here we go...
What is Polyvinyl Alcohol?
It’s a chemistry wonder! Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA, PVOH or PVAI) is a synthetic polymer. This means it’s made up of many molecules strung together like a necklace. PVA starts as ethylene. Then, oxygen and acetic acid (or vinegar when it’s diluted) turn the ethylene into vinyl acetate — which is then dissolved into alcohol to become Polyvinyl Alcohol.
What is Polyvinyl Alcohol used for?
So many things you may not even realize!
- It makes yarn stronger.
- It makes fast food paper wraps grease resistant.
- It’s safe enough to be used in your eyes as a lubricant.
- It’s even used to create Slime!
Here at HopePodz, we use it to create the pods’ pouch that holds our glass, bathroom, multi-surface and disinfectant cleaning formulas.
Just drop the HopePodz refill (PVA-pouch and all) into an empty spray bottle, fill with water — and you’re ready to clean.
Is Polyvinyl Alcohol bad for you?
Does Polyvinyl Alcohol contain microplastics?
PVA dissolves into a non-harmful monomer (i.e., NOT microplastics). Scientists tell us that the monomers eventually decompose into reusable nutrients over time. These non-toxic monomers are a whole lot better than having billions of single-use plastic bottles in landfill, or even worse, in our poor ocean animals’ stomachs.
Is Polyvinyl Alcohol the same as Polyvinyl Acetate?
Nope! It’s easy to confuse the different polyvinyl polymers, especially since they all go by PVA. Polyvinyl acetate (aka PVA, PVAc) is used in wood glue. Polyvinyl chloride is a poisonous plastic. Our HopePodz' Polyvinyl Alcohol is the non-toxic, biodegradable polymer.
That's why we always say that HopePodz (especially the PVA casing) are a chemistry wonder!