Whether it is a simple shower gel, perfume or aftershave bottle or some other type of beauty and shower product, when they have served their purpose, you want to recycle wherever possible. Or sometimes you may have leftover products that you don’t want to use for their original purpose so have they another use rather than just throwing them out? Here are a few tips and pointers about recycling beauty products.
Basics of recycling
Most plastic bottles have a recycling code on them that lets you know if the bottle can be recycled so this is always the best way to be guided about what to do with your empties.
If the bottle has a number 1 inside a triangle of arrows, this means it is made from PET or PETE and is usually things such as water bottles, mouthwash bottles and bottles of the best sunscreen for face and body as well as kitchen items such as vegetable oil contained and ovenable food trays. It is the most common substance used for single-use bottled and is in high demand for its recyclable properties as it is used for everything from furniture, carpets, polar fleece and obviously, new containers.
Category 2 are made from HDPE and are usually shampoo and condition bottles as well as milk jugs, bleach and detergent bottles and some trash and shopping bags. It is transformed back into detergent bottles, recycling containers, benches, fencing and even floor tiles.
Category 3 bottles contain vinyl or PVC and is known for its toughness so it often used for medical equipment and windows but some shampoo bottles are made from it. It can be reused as panelling, mud flaps, guttering for roadways and cables.
There are a further four levels beyond these, but aren’t usually used on beauty products, so we’ll save those for another discussion.
There are also some great tips about what to do with beauty products that you would perhaps not think about.
We almost all use shampoo and body wash of varying different types and scents and while they do a fantastic job on your hair and body, did you realise that they are also great for washing delicate hand washing items? As long as the shampoo doesn’t contain conditioner, which can leave a film on things, it makes an idea washing liquid for silk and woollen items as well as lingerie and other hand washing.
Lip balm is great for protecting your lips in the extremes of the seasons but during winter, it can make a great balm against windburn. Using it your cheeks can help protect against the cold but if you have sensitive skin, don’t use ones with menthol or mint in them, as this can be an irritant on the skin.
If you have half-full bottles of shampoo, body wash and even sunscreen lying around gathering dust, try a new use for them. Or alternatively, drop them off at your local homeless shelter who are always desperate for the basics that we can often take for granted for those less well off than we are.