“Can I Recycle This?”: Beauty-Product Recycling in Our Offices

Did you know that many beauty products cannot be recycled in your local recycling center? Most are too small — nothing larger than 2” x 2” can make it past the initial sorting — while others may contain mixed materials that are challenging to recycle, or have colors too difficult for the person sorting the recycling to identify.

Here at Beauty for All Industries (BFA), we wanted to do our part to help address this challenge. So this month, when we welcomed employees back to a new hybrid model of working, we also introduced a new fixture in each of our four U.S. offices: a Pact Collection Bin. This bin collects hard-to-recycle beauty empties, diverting them from landfill and preventing “wish-cycling” of beauty packaging (that’s when you hope something is recyclable, so you just throw it in the blue bin).

Pact Collective, the organization behind these problem-solving bins, was formed in 2021 to bring together beauty industry stakeholders to reduce, recycle, educate, innovate, and drive the industry toward circularity. BFA became an inaugural member that same year. The Pact Collection Bins are one of the organization’s lead programs, and after seeing it in action at BFA, we can understand why: It’s as simple as filling up a Pact Collection Bin, then shipping it off for the contents to be sorted and the packaging components to be used in the most effective way for their materials.

We know that action starts at home, and that’s why we’ve brought these simple recycling solutions to our offices. We’ll share more soon about additional ways we are working to reduce our impact on the planet. Want to learn more about how to sort your empty beauty packaging? See Pact Collective’s guidelines.

--

--

--

At Beauty for All Industries (BFA), we celebrate self-expression and the unique beauty of people and the planet.

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Recommended from Medium

It’s Less About the Bats and More About the Humans.

Schrödinger’s Forests: The data problem that plagues policy-making.

Three Climate Changes Affecting Our Poor Americans The Most

Hurry up Please, It’s time.

Scientists’ findings suggest corals will withstand climate change

Scientists' findings suggest corals will withstand climate change

Can We Cut Plastics Without Cutting Profits?

How Calgary mom Amber Bennett is building bridges between Albertans

Scientists describe ‘hidden biodiversity crisis’ as variation within species is lost

Scientists describe 'hidden biodiversity crisis' as variation within species is lost

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Beauty for All: Our Impact

Beauty for All: Our Impact

At Beauty for All Industries (BFA), we celebrate self-expression and the unique beauty of people and the planet.

More from Medium

Why Choose a Sustainable Lifestyle: Improving the Planet’s — and Your — Health

Environmental Effects of the Meat Industry

A New Blog, A Fresh Voice in the Age of Change