Recycling Your Beauty Empties
Oil Divine was conceived around the idea of eliminating all aspects of toxins from the founder's life - from cleaning products to beauty products. Oil Divine was always mindful of the ingredients - good for you and ethically sourced to develop high-performing, clean products. We were also always mindful of the environment; the whole "do good, feel good, look good" has always been our mantra, and a highly recyclable package was another one of our priorities.
We package every one of our oil blends in premium glass bottles, topped with a metal dropper and encased in an informative cardboard box. Sustainable yet mindful of aesthetics and functionality.
But what is using these sustainable beauty blends if you do not know how to properly dispose of them? You are probably already eco-conscious and have the habit of recycling everyday products. But what about things in your vanities and in your cosmetic bags? Sustainability is a group effort and starts with everyone taking the initiative.
50% of people don't even try to recycle their empty beauty containers as they find it inconvenient, resulting in 2.7 billion plastic bottles of bathroom waste hitting the landfill yearly, explains TerraCycle's Gina Herrera. Herrera also points out that 120 billion units of product packaging are produced each year by the cosmetics industry. At such a rate, it is definitely essential to keep in mind how to dispose of them.
Here are some ways to be more eco-conscious with your beauty empties:
1. Get Familiar with Your Local Recycling Programs
Recycling rules and standards have become stricter since China (which used to recycle about 40% of the world’s plastic) stopped importing recyclables in early 2018.
So the easiest way to get started is to get acquainted with your local recycling laws and programs to ensure that you follow the rules. Resources such as Recycle Coach, How2Recycle, and EARTH911 are readily available for you to reference.
Look for the universal recycling label on product packaging. If you see products with numbers 1 or 2 printed within the arrow, then they are actually safe to be in your recycling bins with kitchen and household products. Making recycling easy peasy.
2. Alternative Recycling Programs
Not sure what to do with your empties? Brands such as L'Occitane, Josie Maran, Kopari, and Acure; retailers such as Credo Beauty and Nordstrom; and companies such as Unilever (Living Proof, Paula's Choice), P&G (Herbal Essences, Pantane), L'Oreal (Garnier, Maybelline), Clorox(Burt's Bees) are working with TerraCycle to enable consumers to process waste properly. With Nordstrom, all you have to do is bring beauty empties of any brand to its locations and receive insider points in exchange.
3. Get Acquainted with Refillables & Purchase Sustainable Only
The easiest way to leave a less carbon footprint with your beauty routine is to produce less waste. This can be done by opting for products with refillable products, where you can reuse the packaging a few times and therefore keep it away from the landfill. Brands such as Glow Recipe, Organic Pharmacy, Sisley, and Fenty Beauty offer plenty of refillable options to reduce your carbon footprint effectively, refills are also priced less than a fully packaged new item, so your wallet will be happy too.
And, of course, the easiest way to be more eco-friendly with your beauty routine is to purchase highly sustainably packaged products - Oil Divine's potent plant-based formulas were formulated to simplify your beauty routine without compromising on visible results, our glass, metal, and paper packagings make sorting and recycling an easy as possible.
4. Know What Cannot Be Recycled
Another simple step to being more green with your beauty routine is to know what cannot be recycled. Small products, such as mascara tubes, are not widely accepted at recycling plants. Travel-size products, squeezable tubes, single-use packets/sachets, and other things under 2" cannot be recycled as they will not be identified by MRF machines.
For reference, here’s a list of non-recyclables:
Hair Care: Hair caps, hair gel tubes, and caps, hair spray triggers, and hair product dispensers
Body/Skin Care: Lip balm tubes and caps, soap dispensers, body wash caps, lotion dispensers, and caps
Cosmetics: Lipstick cases, lip gloss tubes, mascara tubes, eyeshadow cases, bronzer cases, plastic foundation packaging, powder cases, eyeliner pencils and caps, eyeshadow tubes, concealer tubes, and sticks, as well as lip liner pencils