Happy Global Recycling Day: Tips and Facts about Beauty Recycling

Tips and Facts about Beauty Recycling Clean Beauty Binge

It’s true that recycling in this part of the world recycling can be a tedious task and involves daily planning and coordination. But if we together can take even the basic steps, it can get us one step closer to being a sustainable country.

Even taking simple steps at home; like segregating the trash, buying sustainable products, not having excessive food items, and reusing etc., will help you become a more conscious person.

The term ‘Binge Responsibly’ doesn’t only pertain to the process of clean shopping. It encompasses the whole consumer cycle from placing an order, receiving it in sustainable and reusable packaging, using a clean product, and eventually recycling the finished product.

At BB, we encourage everyone to dispose of their clean products in an environmentally-friendly manner.

There are various recyclable bins located all over the UAE and this article will give you a precise list of where those bins are located for your easy use.

In case you want to know more about the complicated world of beauty recycling, here are a few facts and tips that may help you decide which products you should buy:

Choose single-material packaging wherever you can!

The average makeup palette, skincare container, and compact are made by layering and fusing together multiple materials like plastic, paper, and metal. While some of these individual materials are recyclable on their own, when combined, they become impossible to recycle.

Separate components down to their recyclable parts. 

Even if all individual components of an item are recyclable, unless they’re taken apart before reaching the recycling facility, that item winds up in the landfill.

Thoroughly clean and dry your recyclables.

Recycling companies that buy your packaging won’t accept dirty or contaminated materials; they must be at least 95% uncontaminated! To keep your empties out of the landfill, wash and dry everything thoroughly before tossing it in the bin.

Opt for clear or white plastics if you absolutely need to.

Dark plastics are never recyclable. Because the conveyor belts in recycling facilities are black, the sensors can’t recognize dark-coloured plastics. So, all dark-plastic pieces are unfortunately landfilled from the get-go.

Not all plastics are recyclable – luckily, there is a way to know.

All plastics are labelled with a number from 1-7, usually on the bottom of the container. These numbers tell you an item’s recyclability. Look for the numbers and try to choose easily recyclable options when you can’t avoid buying plastic altogether:

Always Recyclable
#1 PETE (Polyethylene Terephthalate)
#2 HDPE (High-density Polyethylene)

Not Recyclable 
#3 PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)
#4 LDPE (Low-density Polyethylene)
#6 PS (Polystyrene)
#7 (Other)

Sometimes Recyclable
#5 PP (Polypropylene)
Some cities and recycling programs will accept #5 plastics. Your best bet is to call your local program and see what they will and won’t accept! 

We hope this article inspired and motivated you to make more mindful choices in your everyday lives. Happy Global Recycling Day bingers!


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