No matter what kinds of beauty and personal care products you like to use, there’s a good chance you could also use some of those same products to do something good for the environment.
TerraCycle is a company that specializes in creating consumer products from post-consumer materials. Garnier, a brand owned by L’Oreal, is partnering with TerraCycle, who is collecting packaging from Garnier and Maybelline beauty products and recycling it, using it to create eco-friendly playgrounds all over the United States. If you use Colgate Wisp and Colgate Oral Care products, TerraCycle is also recycling packaging from those items and creating cool items out of them, like Colgate cosmetics cases, coin pouches, toothbrush cases, and a really nifty retro duffle bag.
If you sign up for the Personal Care and Beauty Brigade on Terracycle, you can recycle packaging from Maybelline and Garnier products, such as lipstick cases, mascara tubes, eye shadow cases, shampoo bottles, conditioner bottles, bronzer cases, foundation packaging, body wash containers, soap tubes, soap dispensers, lotion dispensers, saving foam tubes, powder cases, lotion bottles, chapstick tubes, lotion tubes, face soap dispensers, face soap tubes, face lotion bottles, face lotion jars, eyeliner cases, eyeliner pencils, eyeshadow tubes, concealer tubes, concealer sticks, lipliner pencils, hand lotion tubes, hair gel tubes, and hair paste jars. If you sign up for the Colgate Wisp Brigade, you can send in your used Wisps, and if you’re part of the Colgate Oral Care Brigade, you can send in your Colgate toothpaste tubes, toothpaste caps, toothbrushes, and floss containers.
So how does it all work? It’s surprisingly easy and hassle free. Go to TerraCycle.net, sign up with the brigades I mentioned above (you can also sign up for plenty of other brigades that are not beauty- or personal care-related), and then you can access shipping bags and shipping labels. It’s all free of charge to you; TerraCycle pays for the shipping labels and packaging it sends you. And it’s easy to send stuff, too—once you’ve packaged up your materials for recycling, just drop it off at any UPS location. Really, there’s no reason not to sign up with TerraCycle—it’s free of charge and free of hassle for you, and it helps tons of waste that would have otherwise ended up in landfills serve useful purposes.
Interested in finding out more about how the packaging from products you frequently use can be recycled? Just go to TerraCycle.net to sign up and get more information!