The eco friendly solutions to those plastic bottle in your make-up cabinet

13th January 2020 | Recycling

There’s a huge plastic trail involved with the average beauty routine: hair product bottles, soap containers, makeup tubes, pumps, applicators and plastic-packed one-use items. As the new year gets well underway, it is the perfect time to clean out those cupboards of any unwanted products. Fortunately not all these items need be destined for the landfill – with an eco-friendly solution promising to help consumers reduce waste, while raising money for charity.

American company, TerraCycle, first established itself in the UK in 2009 and has since its arrival signed almost five million individuals and organisations up to its upcycling programmes. Its vision is to help people across the world “reuse, upcycle and recycle” waste instead of it being incinerated or sent to landfills. “This moves waste from a linear system to a circular one, allowing it to keep cycling in our economy,” the company says.


Among the beauty brands, chains and stores that have signed up to the programme are: The Abnormal Beauty Company, Liberty department store, Garnier, L’Occitane and Weleda. As well as the beauty industry, TerraCycle also offers options for other hard-to-recycle goods such as food packaging, cleaning goods, coffee pods and stationery items.
Found in 2001, by Tom Szaky, it has developed a system that sees the once unrecyclable fed back into a sustainable, economic system with its “zero-waste” solution. Consumers can drop their cleaned, emptied, containers into various drop off points across the United Kingdom, for reuse, repurposing or recycling. Those who contribute can also take part in a rewards system that offers points in exchange for each piece of packaging put up for recycling.

The points are then donated towards a chosen charity or school. Items that can be put into a TerraCycle drop off point include toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes, plastic packaging, pumps and trigger sprays and plastic roll-on deodorant containers.

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