how to recycle your beauty products packaging
If you’re a person who cares about sustainability in beauty, you probably recycle your used packaging every time you run out of product. However, if you aren’t recycling your packaging properly, there’s a chance that it’ll end up in the landfill anyways.
1. rinsing makes a difference
Clean bottles, tubes, and jars are easier to recycle than dirty or sticky ones. Ensuring that your containers are clean before you recycle them greatly increases the likelihood that they’ll be properly processed.
Additionally, when leftover liquids and gels transfer onto other recyclable materials like paper or cardboard cartons, they’ll render them non recyclable!
We always recommend rinsing out your bottles, tubes, etc. and/or wiping out their interiors before you toss them in the recycling bin.
2. all labels should be peeled off
Even if the bottle, tube, or jar in question is recyclable, labels and the adhesives that attach them usually aren’t!
It only takes a few minutes to remove a label, and doing so will make your skincare containers much easier to recycle.
3. more often than not, pumps and sprayers are not recyclable
Pumps and sprayers are usually composed of many different materials, often including several types of plastic as well as metal springs.
Unfortunately, that makes them almost impossible to recycle, even if they’re made of recyclable materials - the entire pump or sprayer would have to be taken apart, and each material would have to be recycled separately. Even if you were able to separate each material, the resulting pieces would likely be too small to process (more on that later). It’s best to just discard these!
4. mind the cap
Most recycling facilities aren’t able to sort or process anything smaller than 5cm. So, when recycling something with a cap, just make sure to pop the cap back on before putting it in the recycling bin.
bonus tip #1 - unused or gently used cosmetics can be donated
Didn’t make it to the empty bottle stage? Unused or gently used cosmetics can be donated to organisations which works to provide homeless or impoverished women with personal hygiene products and cosmetics.
You can also always reach out to mortuary makeup artists to donate your expired makeup - they’re often in high demand.
bonus tip #2 - cotton pads are compostable
Did you know? Next time you move to throw a used cotton pad in the trash, stop and drop it in the compost instead! You can even start keeping a compostable bag of some kind (paper will do just fine) in your bathroom to save yourself a trip.
we hope you found this helpful!