How To Recycling Beauty Products

Recycling beauty products correctly is actually pretty complicate than what you think. Different kinds of products we use, moisturiser, hair care, body care, and cosmetics, composed of different materials, with different packaging. The sad reality is a majority of these bottles can’t be recycled or can’t be recycled at all.

For example, Only 10 percent of plastic bottles actually gets recycled while 80 percent of that plastic waste sitting in landfills or ends up in our oceans harming the sea life. And as you can see, the beauty industry contributes heavily to this plastic and chemical waste. That said, it’s important that we not only learn how to recycling our products, but also that we be more mindful about how we shop for beauty products overall.

Examine Products and Check Your Local Facility

The first and most important step to properly recycling your products is to learn what can **be recycled, what needs to be recycled in alternative ways such as sending out to a recycling facility or dropping off at a brand’s take-back program—and what is, unfortunately, deemed trash.

Material: The item must be one single material, not mixed. If the different materials can be separated (for example, removing a lid), then you must do so before recycling.

Size: If your item is smaller than two to three inches, count it out since they are not designed to be recycled.

Colour: Packaging with added colour actually considered to be non-recyclable before it’s being processed. Packaging that are often coloured, painted, or coated is not good to re-enter the recycling process and it can rarely be recycled by facilities.

What Can and Can't Be Recycled

Glass jars and bottles: Glass is one of most recyclable packaging options in the market. Before recycling, you must first make sure that labels are removed, the jars cleaned thoroughly and allowed to dry, and lids removed.

Cardboard and paper packaging: Most boxes and outer paper packages can be recycled as long as they don’t contain any extra materials or heavy coatings.

Pumps: Pumps are typically made of plastic and contain a metal spring, are unfortunately can not be recycle. Make sure to remove them from any jars, tubes, and bottles before recycle.

Caps, spouts, and sprays: These are also largely considered non-recyclable items, so be sure to remove them from any tubes, jars, or bottles you do plan to recycle. “Remember this: the smaller the item (think lids, caps, and compact cases), the more likely it will go undetected and fall through the machinery at municipal recycling centers, ending up sent to landfill,” points out Kauffman.

Recycling and Take-Back Programs

Nowadays, many sustainable brands will accept empty containers of its own products. Sometimes brands will even offer an incentive for bringing your empties back; we’re all familiar with. This is the easiest and the best way to guarantee your empties don’t accidentally end up as landfill waste.

How Should We Be Shopping for Beauty

The most important and impactful thing we can do is to be more mindful about the brands and products that we shop, choosing to support sustainability packaging, thus preventing us from having waste in the first place. Fortunately, there’s been a major eco-friendly movement in the beauty industry over the last few years, which makes shopping only sustainably minded brands much easier.

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