Did you know that the bottom strip on every toothpaste tube has a hidden meaning? Today in this article, we are going to be reviewing what the different types of color mean, and how those color strips can help guide your purchasing decisions. What's more, there other products that also have hidden indicators on their labeling - those products are also going to be featured in this article. Hopefully, all of that is going to enough to make you a better shopper.
The Different Colors
In the above photo, you can see just some of the different kinds of toothpaste color indicators. There is a red tube, a black one and a blue. They all have different meanings which will be thoroughly reviewed in the news few pictures.
Toothpaste with a Green Strip
The green colored strip on your toothpaste packaging may mean that the toothpaste is all-natural. By "all-natural," it is implied that the toothpaste does not contain any synthetic chemicals or various types of medicine and whitening agents.
A toothpaste with a blue colored strip may indicate that the toothpaste is a combination of a natural toothpaste, with added medicines in it. By added "medicines," it is meant that the toothpaste may contain whitening agents or some type of pain-relievers.
Here is a slightly worse color than the blue-colored toothpaste. A toothpaste with a red-colored strip indicates that the toothpaste is a combination of natural and synthetic chemical-based compounds. Normally, you want to have as few chemicals in your life as possible.
The Worst of All
The worst color you want to see on your toothpaste packaging is the black-colored strip. A black-colored strip indicates that the toothpaste is a 100% based on synthetic chemicals. This is something you don't want to consume on a daily basis.
The "Period After Opening" Sign
Toothpaste is not the only product that contains hidden or obscure packaging information. Cosmetic products also have these indicators. The above symbol is the PAO (period after opening) sign, which is found in many shampoos, gels, and creams.
Best Before End Date
Cosmetic products have an expiry date of fewer than 30 months also include a "best before end date" mark, as shown in the above photo. The symbol is an hourglass or an egg timer, depending on your definition of the word.
The Mobius Loop
The Mobius loop is an internationally recognized sign, which indicates that the container is recyclable, and should, therefore, be thrown out in a specifically marked container. If there is a percentage number in the sign, that shows what part of the product has been created from recycled materials.
The Green Dot Symbol
The "green dot" sign is mostly used throughout Europe (including EU and non-EU countries) and indicates that the company is paying a recovery and recycling organization to help them oversee the ecologically responsible management of their product and packaging waste.
USDA Organic Seal
The USDA sign is mostly used in the US, and it has a very important ecological significance. The USDA signs guarantees that at least 95% of the product's ingredients are organic, and therefore highly safe and recommended for human consumption.
Ecocert is a similar nongovernmental certification company, with a more international footprint. They specialize in evaluating the organic contents of products. The sign means 95% of plant-based ingredients are organic, as well as at least 10% of all ingredients are organic by weight.
This logo is given by a French certification body called COSMEBIO. As the name implies, the label is used just like the Ecocert and USDA logo - it signifies that at least 95% of the product's plant-based ingredients are organic and that organic farming is behind at least 5% of the sold product.
Refer to Insert
The "refer to insert" sign is not as ubiquitously used as the other signs in this article, but it can be useful once you know what it means. This means tells you to get more information by referring to a leaflet, card or other type of insert that has been given to you with the product.
The "e-mark" sign (always written as a lowercase "e") is a sign that is only used in the European Union, so it is not available in all other European countries. The sign indicates that across all of the cosmetics manufactured, the average volume and weight of the product is the same as the number on the label.
The Cute Leaping Bunny
Here is an extremely awesome and cute looking symbol that you probably haven't seen before. This cute bunny sign indicates that the company that sells the product has not done any kind of animal testing of their product, meaning no animals were harmed in the manufacture of the product.
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