Girls just wanna have fun — matte lip creams, toning sprays, and self-tanners are way too much fun to go cold turkey on. But as the planet chokes under a layer of encroaching plastic, even the demure divas among us are looking for ways to reduce our impact.
Beauty and self-care products account for a huge portion of the planet’s plastic waste population. What’s really tricky is that recycling isn’t even an option for many of them. Goopy tubes of ancient lipgloss and disposable razors are difficult, if not impossible, to recycle and constantly need replacing.
The good news is, you can have your lip gloss without feeling like a burden on the planet. If there’s one thing we’re down with around here, it’s just doing the best you can — no judgment, just gettin’ it done.
There are brands and recycling programs out there that are making it easier to reduce your plastic waste, even when it comes to self-care.
Recycle Your Beauty Products with Terracycle
We. LOVE. Terracycle. The champions of the zero waste movement, these guys are out there getting it done and finding ways to recycle pretty much anything (no seriously, even cigarette butts).
Terracycle is a simple enough concept — crowdsourced, specialty recycling. You find a program near you or start your own, get one of their special containers, and start collecting waste to send in their special containers. Some of their programs are brand specific, but others cater to a broader category of products.
These programs are BIG right now — so popular in fact, they’re selling out of availability. Sign up to join the waitlist for Terracycle’s personal care products recycling program if you’d like to get started.
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