Saturday, February 17, 2024

How To Recycle Beauty Products Smartly?

How To Recycle Beauty Products Smartly

Did you know that the global cosmetics industry produces 120 billion units of packaging each year which means it contributes to the loss of 18 million acres of forests each year? While caring for healthy skin is important, recycling beauty products is still essential. To lessen waste in the beauty sector, we as individual customers must band together. Let’s start with how to recycle beauty products smartly in this news.

How to recycle beauty products?

Learn about your city’s Recycling Regulations

Did you know that different cities have different recycling regulations? Generally, products made from basic glass, aluminum, and plastic are accepted by most local programs. Many forms of modern beauty packaging today contain complex materials that most city recycling centers cannot handle. A simple way to check your beauty product’s recyclability is to look up your town’s accepted waste through the database provided by Call2Recycle.

Wash off used products

This is the most important tip when it comes to recycling your beauty products. If any of the recycled materials are left with residue, they may be contaminated and therefore cannot be recycled. So, before recycling any beauty product, be sure to thoroughly rinse the bottles.

Learn about recycling programs

Some environmentally conscious brands offer in-house recycling programs in their facilities. TerraCycle, a private recycler, has launched a free program that invites consumers to drop the packaging of their skincare and beauty products (regardless of brand) at in-store collection points for recycling, including items that are normally not recyclable.

Learn about recycling programs

Monochrome material recycling

Here’s a general rule for recycling beauty products: The fewer materials your packaging is made of, the more recyclable it is. As more materials are used, the recycling process can be costly in terms of time and money for the separation process. If your product is made of a generic material such as glass, cardboard or metal, you can wash it and throw it straight into the respective recycling bin.

These materials are infinitely recyclable because they do not break down after each use like plastic. Certain types of flexible bags (such as resealable bags for masks) and toothpaste tubes are considered laminated and should be thrown in the trash unless it is clearly stated on the packaging that you can recycle.

Reuse bottles if possible

The ideal goal is to use less packaging, thus creating less waste. If we can’t reduce the number of products we buy, reusing and recycling those products is the next best thing. More than 90 percent of the environmental impact of an average product comes from extracting and refining the raw materials to make it.

Check the label on the product

To see if a product can be placed in your recycling bin, look for the recycling symbol or Mobius Loop (a triangle with an arrow) on the packaging. If the loop is numbered 1 or 2, the item is recyclable. The number 3 denotes PVC which means that the material is particularly difficult to recycle. Number 5 is collected in some areas, but you need to check your local city to see what can be put in your bin. Another symbol you might see is a dot that looks like yin and yang with arrows. It is an indication that the product is made of recycled materials.

Check the label on the product

What cannot be recycled?

Small products can actually stop the recycling process and are therefore not widely accepted at recycling plants. Anything less than 2 inches in size – think spray bottles, caps, and droppers are generally not recyclable. So, when you’ve used up your serum or cleanser bottle, disassemble it into recyclable parts (e.g. plastic bottles or glass containers) and parts to throw away (small tube caps drops or nozzles). In addition, products with dark packaging cannot be recycled because the MRF machine cannot recognize them.

how to recycle beauty products

Other non-recyclable materials commonly used in beauty packaging include anything with a mirror or magnet (e.g. most eyeshadow palettes), as well as makeup brushes and products with high alcohol content (nail polish and polish remover), which the EPA considers a household hazardous waste. Standard makeup wipes also cannot be recycled, unless they are labeled as biodegradable.

For reference, here’s a quick guide to non-recyclables:

  • Hair care: Shampoo cap, hair conditioner cap, hair spray.
  • Skin Care: Lip balm tubes and caps, soap dispensers and tubes, lotion dispenser lids.
  • Cosmetics: Lipstick box, lip gloss tube, mascara tube, eye shadow box, contour powder box, foundation packaging, powder box, eyeliner box, eyeliner pencil, eyeshadow tube, concealer tube point, concealer stick and lip liner pencil.


Through this newsletter, you probably already know how to recycle beauty products, right? We also provide information on non-recyclable products for easy sorting. Let’s join the cosmetic recycling movement. The entire beauty industry thinks about sustainable packaging in a meaningful way. Only then can we protect our green planet.

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