How Nourished Life recycles beauty products through TerraCycle
**Please note that due to the current COVID-19 situation, we are not currently accepting TerraCycle returns. We will let you know when this changes, thank you!**
The impact of plastic waste!
The beauty industry produces 120 billion units of packaging every year. If not in our oceans and waterways, most of the waste will head straight to landfills, where it leaches out methane and other toxic outputs over time. While recycling isn't the most sustainable solution to this issue, it's the best one we have at present that helps us prevent waste from polluting our environment and saves the Earth's precious resources for future generations.
What to do?
Recycling your empties with TerraCycle helps close the plastic resource loop. But with different products, bottles, containers, and packaging available, it can be difficult to know how to recycle them. So, with our beauty products recycling service, we are taking away the worry and recycling them for you!
We encourage you to return your empty beauty product packaging to us, which we will recycle through TerraCycle's Zero Waste Boxes. This helps close the loop on the beauty industry with more of the waste kept in circularity in our economy.
What is TerraCycle?
TerraCycle is the global leader in recycling hard-to-recycle material. Operating in 21 countries around the world, TerraCycle has helped an estimated 202 million people divert over 7 billion items from landfill and incineration worldwide. Through their free recycling programs with brands including Colgate, Gillette, Bausch + Lomb and Burt's Bees, collectors can earn a donation towards the school or charity of their choice. Globally, over $44 million has been raised through the TerraCycle program for charities and schools from all corners of the Earth.
Listen to our podcast with TerraCycle founder Tom Szaky to find out more.
What happens to the waste?
Nourished Life offers a beauty product recycling service with the support of Terracycle Zero Waste Boxes to help close the resource loop by redirecting waste back into manufacturing.
Here are some examples of products produced from recycled plastics such as beauty product packaging and soft plastics.
TerraCycle's impact around the world
How to recycle your beauty products
Returning your empties to us is simple! We will send you a returns mailing label so that you can ship your products to us - we've got the rest covered.
In the Nourished Life office and warehouse we have Zero Waste Boxes in place so that all of our office supplies, packing supplies and product packaging will be sorted into these boxes to be recycled by TerraCycle so it skips landfill.
1. Wash and box
Cleaning is really important for the recycling process. Please do not send in half full or full products! These can cause issues during the recycling process. However, once your products are all used up, TerraCycle recommends to not wash them out - as it's more water efficient to do this at their facility. But please ensure as much remaining product as possible has been removed before sending in.
We urge you to save up your empties in a box until you have a full package to return to us, to save on excess carbon emissions!
2. Send the empties to us. Here's how:
Email us with the subject line 'TERRACYCLE RETURNS' at - we will send you a returns label to return a full box of empty bottles and packaging to us.
It's that easy! We will take care of the rest.
Sustainable brands who have free recycling programs with TerraCycle:
Products good enough to eat - now recyclable through TerraCycle.
TerraCycle and Edible Beauty have partnered to create a free recycling program for Edible Beauty packaging.
Once you've finished your favourite Edible Beauty products, send the empty packaging to TerraCycle to be given a second life!
Go Plastic-free with Nourished Life!
Recycling is really important, but everybody knows it's far better to reduce your waste by never getting it in the first place!
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