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Check Recycling RegulationsThe first thing you're going to want to do is check your local recycling laws to make sure you're following the rules. Luckily, we live in a day and age where we have information at our fingertips. There are a ton of resources out there that help check which recyclables are accepted, like EARTH911, Recycle Coach, Call2Recycle and How2Re
Textile Recycling ProgramsTextile recycling programs recover old clothing and textiles for reuse or material recovery. This helps keep these items — even those with stains and tears — out of landfills. TerraCycle, one of the most well-known recycling programs, has worked with multiple brands like Nordstrom for BEAUTYCYCLE and Package Free to help reduce waste. BEAUTYCYCLE is a free program that recycles emptied beauty and skincare product packaging at Nordstrom. The best part is that they'll accept any brand regardless of whether it's sold by Nordstrom. Package Free sells zero waste boxes that you can fill with appropriate waste streams and ship back to TerraCycle for recycling. You don't even have to worry about shipping — each box includes a prepaid return label. There are several categories of zero waste boxes to help organize items depending on what you're recycling.
Check If Brands Do In-House RecyclingThere are a ton of brands out there that have started doing their part in reducing waste by recycling in-house. If you send old clothes and empty beauty packaging back to these brands, they'll most likely work with programs like TerraCycle to properly dispose and repurpose the materials for new packaging and products. There are also brands like W3LL PEOPLE that not only create products with plant-powered formulas but make it a point to give back to the planet. To celebrate Earth Day, W3LL PEOPLE has partnered with the National Forest Foundation to plant 10,000 trees in National Parks in the U.S in April. Read on to see which brands have in-house recycling programs to do their part in normalizing sustainability.
Beauty & Skincare
- MAC Cosmetics
- Lip Ink
- Burt’s Bees
- Herbal Essences
- Josie Maran
- Pacifica Beauty
- Paula’s Choice
- Tom's of Maine
- Skyn Iceland
Clothing & Shoes
- American Eagle
- Nike, Reuse-A-Shoe
- Patagonia, Common Threads
- The North Face, Clothes the Loop
- Council for Textile Recycling
- Soles 4 Souls
- Green Tree
- Wearable Collections
- Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles
- Donation Town
Donate or Resell ItemsIf you're not able to recycle your clothes or beauty packaging, there's always the option of donating or reselling lightly used items. You can pretty much donate any clean clothing unless it's wet because it can promote bacteria growth. For starters, you can pass clothes down to your siblings or friends or make donations to local thrift shops and charity organizations. If you're looking to make some extra cash, you can also take any items to consignment stores like Plato's Closet or sell items online. When it comes to selling and donating beauty products, there are different policies depending on the store or organization. Some places don't accept items past their shelf life or items that have been opened and slightly used. You're definitely going to want to check policies before donating anything, especially since they might have changed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Do your part in reducing textile waste by following the tips highlighted throughout this guide. For more information on the best sustainable options out there, check out Seventeen's Sustainable Style Awards.
Did you know that the global cosmetics industry produces 120 billion units of packaging each year? These units contribute to the loss of 18 million acres of forest every single year, according to research conducted by Zero Waste Week and published on the Stylist. Yep, I was devastated to learn this, too. As a beauty editor who receives and tests tons of products on a weekly basis, I’m often left feeling disheartened by how much plastic and waste is used in the packaging. That’s why whenever I hit pan on my favorite bronzer or finish my clarifying shampoo, I make it a point to recycle the leftovers in the appropriate bins — or at least what I thought were the appropriate bins. As it turns out, recycling cosmetic packaging correctly involves more research and information than I thought.
To find out how to recycle my beauty products the right way, I reached out to Alex Payne, a publicist for TerraCycle —- a recycling program that offers a sustainable solution for those hard-to-recycle items. Read on for his top tips.
“In general, plastic pollution is a main driver of the negative environmental consequences that result from not recycling otherwise recyclable products,” says Payne. While it may be easier to throw away your empty lipstick bullet in any old trash bag, not disposing of it the right way can have a lasting, negative impact on the planet.
Learn About Your City’s Recycling Regulations
Did you know that recycling restrictions vary by city? Generally, items made from glass, aluminum and basic #1 and #2 plastic (things like single-use water bottles and milk jugs) are accepted by most local programs. Unfortunately, Payne explains that many modern forms of beauty packaging contain complex materials that cannot be separated or processed by most municipal recycling centers. “A simple way to check your beauty product’s recyclability is to look up your town’s accepted waste via the database offered by Call2Recycle,” he says.
Dispose of the Excess Product — but NOT Down the Sink
This is the *most* important tip when it comes to recycling your beauty products. “Even if a product is technically recyclable through your curbside program, any leftover product can make the container unrecyclable due to contamination,” says Payne. What’s worse is that if any other recyclables encounter the leftover residue, they also can become contaminated and therefore non-recyclable. So before recycling any beauty products, be sure to throw away any residual product in the garbage. Emptying products in the sink can be problematic if they contain ingredients like microbeads that can contribute to the ocean’s plastic pollution crisis if they come in contact with waterways, explains Payne.
Find Programs That Recycle the “Unrecyclable” Products
If you find that your products can’t be recycled through your municipal program, try finding a cosmetic recycling program that will do the work for you. For example, TerraCycle and Garnier have partnered to create a free recycling program for all brands of skin care, hair care and cosmetic packaging. Joining the program allows you to download a free shipping label so you can send in your products. Once received, they will be melted down, pelletized and shaped into hard plastic to be used in things like shipping pallets and park benches. If your product cannot be recycled through your municipal program and is not accepted by any of TerraCycle’s free programs, Payne says you can also purchase one of TerraCycle’s zero-waste boxes — specifically the Beauty Products and Packaging Box — which allows you to recycle practically every kind of waste. Everything that is collected from these boxes get sorted and processed into raw materials that can be reused instead of getting sent to a landfill or incinerated.
Be Mindful When Buying Beauty ProductsAnother way to help the planet is to buy products that already come in sustainable packaging. Thankfully, there are more and more brands offering eco-friendly options each year. One of our favorites is Seed Phytonutrients, which uses shower-friendly paper bottles that result in 60% less plastic than a traditional bottle. Oh, and the pumps from those bottles can be recycled for free via TerraCycle. Look for refillable cosmetic containers, too, like the Lancôme Absolue Revitalizing & Brightening Soft Cream. When it’s time to repurchase this luxe cream, you can pick up a refillable pod and keep the chic golden jar your original came in — so it’s friendly for your vanity, your skin and the earth.
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Here Are 6 Brands That Will Recycle Your Kicks (And Socks)Currently, 85 percent of textiles are not recycled, with the average person throwing away 70 pounds of clothing and other textiles annually. In general, recycling shoes is a complex process and depending on the materials in the shoe it might not be possible. “Footwear is difficult to recycle because most shoes are made using multiple, mixed materials which are often stitched or glued together,” says Shaye DiPasquale a publicist for the recycler TerraCycle. “There is not a lot of physical recycling of footwear that goes on,” says Eric Stubin, president of Trans-Americas Textile Recycling. The majority of ‘recycled’ shoes and clothes are shipped places to be reused. Stubin’s company processes about 10 million pounds of post-consumer textile waste from clothing, shoes, and accessories every year. Take polyurethane foam, a material researchers from Northwestern University only recently figured out how to upcycle. “Polyurethane foam waste has historically been landfilled and burned or down-cycled for use in carpeting,” said William Dichtel, who co-led the research. “Our latest work effectively removes air from polyurethane foams and remolds them into any shape. This could pave the way for industry to begin recycling polyurethane foam waste for many relevant applications.” Polyurethane, which is sometimes used in the midsole of shoes does not melt even in extreme heat. Previously, it could only be shredded or compressed in ways that make the material not durable enough for other uses. In general, when clothing is recycled it tends to go to one of these four different end destinations:
- Reused and repurposed as secondhand clothing (45%)
- Recycled and converted into items like reclaimed wiping rags for industrial and residential use (30%)
- Recycled into post-consumer fiber for home insulation, carpet padding, and raw material for the automotive industry (20%)
- Landfills (5%)