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The beauty industry is, sadly, among the industries that produce more waste. You can help prevent this by making small changes.
According to Euromonitor International, there were nearly 7.9 billion units of rigid plastic used for beauty and personal care products in the U.S alone in 2018. This number is quite dramatic, so recycling becomes a huge deal. Here's how to do it:
Look for 1's and 2's on packaging
To see if a product can be placed in your recycling bin, look for the recycling symbol or Möbius Loop on the packaging. If the loop has a number 1 or 2 on it, the item can be picked up through most curbside recycling programs. Number 5 is collected in some areas, but you’ll need to check your local municipality to see what can be put in your bins.
Whenever possible, choose metal or glass
Thankfully, the industry is shifting and brands are starting to think beyond plastic. There are a lot of brands that use sustainable packaging and that are starting to sell their products in metallic or glass containers.
Mind the size of each product and its components
Size matters, at least when it comes to recycling. Anything under two inches is often not recyclable, so that means that sprayers, caps, droppers, and pumps.
When you’ve finished a bottle of brightening serum or cleanser, disassemble it into the parts that can be recycled (i.e., the plastic bottle or glass container itself) and the parts that need to be thrown away (the dropper cap or spray top).