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Face Forward Recycling

I don’t really use a lot of makeup. A little lipstick, maybe. Some blush. Occasionally, mascara. Still, I end up with lots of little plastic tubes and packages that can’t go into my recycle bin. I don’t throw them out. I just leave them in the bathroom hoping to find a way to recycle them. Until now. This week I decided to do something about them. A little research — and some calls — netted me the following destinations for my old personal care items. Hope you can use them, too.

M.A.C. Cosmetics. For every six pieces of M.A.C packaging that you send back to the company, you’ll receive a free lipstick via its Back to M.A.C. program. Yes, you have to mail it in, but the packages are pretty light so it shouldn’t cost too much — or create too large of a carbon footprint.

Origins. This company rocks. It just does. Aside from the fact that many of the products are organic and free-trade and are rated pretty solidly on the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database, they are willing to take back any and all cosmetics packaging for recycling or energy recovery. (Plus, you’ll take home a free sample of an Origins product.)

Aveda. While you can’t drop off your product bottles, the company will take back caps — all your caps, actually. From the website: “This includes caps that twist on with a threaded neck such as caps on shampoo, water, soda, milk and other beverage bottles, flip top caps on tubes and food product bottles (such as ketchup and mayonnaise), laundry detergents and some jar lids such as peanut butter.” Yes, you’ll have to get your school involved, but it’s such a good program!

EcoTools. When brushes go bad — or hand creams or body washes get old — you don’t have to throw them out. According to the company’s site, you can turn in old items and get coupons for an EcoTools equivalent. From the site: “For each item turned in, participants will receive a coupon for a free EcoTools alternative! [Up to $7.99 value, limit 2 coupons per person, per household]. To continue to show respect to the earth, items collected will be recycled.” Nice, right?

Bond No. 9. Got old perfume bottles? Heading to New York City? While you’re there you can bring your old bottles to the company’s store and it will take them for recycling and give you a free purse spray.

Know of any programs I’ve missed? Please let me know. Up until now what did you do with your old bottles, sticks and tubes?

2 Responses to “Face Forward Recycling”

  1. Posting today i ran across another blog that talked about this, it blew my mind. i am so glad to see so many industries recycling. From now on my wife will be recycling her womanly things. she is very happy to have this information. Thanks for the effort.

  2. Amber says:

    I really wear no makeup. Mostly, this is sheer laziness on my part, coupled with the fact that I stay home and my kids couldn’t care less. But now I feel like wearing less makeup might just be an environmentally friendly choice, too. Bonus!

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