Many of us think that by tossing our empty beauty product plastic containers into curb side recycling bins will help them end up being recycled. Oh no, how wrong are we. Unfortunately, normal recyclers will only accept plastic containers made from easily recognizable and widely used materials such as PET (common found in water bottles) and HDPE (widely used in manufacturing milk cartons). And just because the material that are used to make lipstick casings and powder compacts are not readily recognizable, they'll just end up being tossed away as well. =( Needless to say, throwing them away together with your daily refuse just means that these plastic containers will end up in the landfills, and will be there for probably the next 200 years.
But here's the good news, two major skincare and cosmetic company are doing their part in contributing to the environment. Instead of throwing away your empty containers, bring them back to these companies and they'll take care of them properly for you. Awesome eh?
M.A.C Cosmetics Back-to-MAC Program
Bring back 6 M.A.C primary packaging containers to any M.A.C counter/stores or online, and they'll take it back to the appropriate parties for recycling. And in return (for your kindness to the environment), you'll receive one free M.A.C lipstick of your choice (excluding the Viva Glam range).
Return to Origins Recycling Program
In an effort to create a better environment, Origins now accept empty containers from any cosmetic brand. They'll take any empty clean cosmetic tubes, skincare bottles and jars (regardless of brand or manufacturer). All collected packaging will be sent back to a central location where they will be recycled or used for energy recovery. And that's not all. To thank you for your commitment to the environment, Origins will give you a free sample of your choice from their wide range of skincare products.
Isn't it wonderful to know that you don't have to throw away empty beauty product containers anymore? I have always been a keen "participant" in the Back-to-MAC program. And now that Origins is following suit, I am sooooo excited. I've been scavenging around the house, collecting empty jars and bottles to bring back to Origins. And up till now, I think I've bring back more than 10 containers back to Origins. =D Well, not all of them are mine. Some of them are actually my mom's, which I managed to dig it out from the pile of beauty products she has. LOL.
So, do your part for mother nature and keep her beautiful too! =)
For more info on M.A.C Cosmetics' Back-to-MAC Program, click here.
For more info on the Return to Origins Recycling Program, click here.